Education Vice Presidents and Officers

Recruiting Exceptional Leadership across the Enterprise

Presidents, chancellors and chief academic officers at colleges and universities worldwide turn to WittKieffer to recruit exceptional leaders for mission-critical roles across the enterprise. In addition to academic leadership, our expertise building senior leadership teams, including chief finance, development/advancement, diversity, enrollment, student life, human resources, compliance, marketing and communications officers, athletics directors and other institutional leaders makes our Education Practice uniquely versatile. Our consultants’ collaborative, cross-functional approach — driven by a commitment to shared values and informed by firsthand experience leading higher education teams — enables a level of partnership with our clients that distinguishes a WittKieffer search.

WittKieffer recruits athletics directors with the ability to build community and institutional affinity, support strategic fundraising initiatives and ensure the success and well-being of student-athletes to lead top collegiate athletics programs across the nation.

Our consultants, many of whom have served as senior development officers themselves, recruit vice presidents; principal and major gifts officers; campaign leaders; and directors of planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, and alumni relations for education institutions nationwide.

WittKieffer conducts more chief diversity officer searches than any other firm. In the last three years, we have helped more than 30 colleges and universities recruit leaders who are making a profound impact on their campuses and collectively building a stronger higher education community.

Across our Education, Healthcare and Life Sciences practices, WittKieffer has placed more than 150 senior finance professionals. We have partnered with nearly 50 colleges and universities on searches for chief financial and administrative officers in the last five years.

Our leadership and expertise in enrollment search is shaped by the more than 100 engagements completed on behalf of our institutional clients. As a result, more colleges and universities turn to WittKieffer to recruit enrollment management and admission leaders than any other firm.

We identify HR leaders across the education landscape with proven success stewarding enterprise-level talent acquisition and management, workforce engagement and professional development, regulatory compliance, organization development and institutional equity.

WittKieffer works on behalf of colleges and universities across the country to identify chief information officers, chief information security officers and other IT executives to provide strategic and operational leadership to ensure long-term institutional success.

WittKieffer has placed hundreds of exceptional law school deans, chief legal officers, chief compliance officers and other institutional leaders who are strengthening their institutions’ policy, advocacy and compliance framework and infrastructure.

Our consultants partner with client institutions to recruit outstanding leaders who champion student engagement and success, collaborate effectively with faculty and academic administrators, and help students and other constituents co-create inclusive educational campus communities.

Success Story

Satyajit Dattagupta - VP of Enrollment/Dean of Undergrad Admissions, Tulane University
Dattagupta Oversees Largest First-Year Class in Tulane History

Satyajit Dattagupta, vice president of enrollment management and dean of undergraduate admission, began his tenure at Tulane University in June 2016. In the two incoming classes since then, Tulane’s admit rate has gone from 30 to 13 percent, and yield has risen from 20 to 29 percent. The 2018 incoming class of undergraduate students was Tulane’s largest first-year class in the history of the institution.

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