Provost, Dean and Academic Leadership Search

Experts at Identifying Academic Leadership

WittKieffer’s Education Practice partners with higher education institutions across the country and around the world to identify and recruit exceptional academic leaders. With the majority of our consultants having served as higher education leaders themselves, our experience and expertise provide clients with a distinct advantage. We specialize in the recruitment of provosts; vice presidents or provosts for research, graduate studies, digital learning and other areas; and decanal leadership across disciplines from the arts and sciences and engineering to the performing arts and education, including professional schools from business and law to architecture, public health and nursing.

WittKieffer has recruited more than 80 chief academic officers in the last five years. Our consultants have the best networks in the field in addition to intimately understanding the changing landscape of higher education and the myriad challenges that today’s provosts face.

Searches for decanal leadership represent more than one third of WittKieffer’s education searches annually. As of 2018, 92 percent of these placements have had tenures at their respective institutions of at least five years, and 73 percent have remained at their institutions for 10 years or more.

We identify leaders for research enterprises across the spectrum — from R1 institutions to emerging research programs — with proven success developing support for research and innovation, cultivating large-scale multidisciplinary collaboration, stimulating industry partnerships and ensuring research compliance.

WittKieffer recruits leaders on behalf of institutions across the country seeking to advance their online and digital education strategies. Our placements are catalyzing innovation in teaching and learning, strengthening their institutions and extending their reach.

Success Story

Susana Rivera-Mills, provost at Ball State
Ball State Embraces Rivera-Mills' Inclusive, Accountable Leadership Style

Ball State University selected Susana Rivera-Mills as its provost and executive vice president for academic affairs in July 2018. From day one, she engaged the campus community in an effort to educate herself more thoroughly on all aspects of Ball State. They responded in kind to embrace inclusivity, challenge established ideas of unit boundaries and identify opportunities for shared success. To date, she has reorganized the office’s central units, streamlined operations and procedures, and established clear communications with direct reports and faculty governance groups. Rivera-Mills has established a clear and authentic leadership tone for the institution, challenging others to step up and lead through shared responsibility and accountability.

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