In higher education today, leadership teams need three c's: consistency, calm and confidence. Even amid leadership turnover, WittKieffer helps institutions achieve all three by leveraging interim executives. We provide experienced, impactful interim leaders who bring direct, relevant experience to keep your institution moving ahead, especially in times of change or challenge.
A Leadership Void? A Crisis? A Critical Campaign? Count on an Interim Leader
Our interim executive candidates are pre-screened and highly vetted, each with extensive senior-level experience with respected private and public colleges and universities. Our interim presidents, provosts and cabinet members partner with your current leadership team, provide fresh ideas, assess financial opportunities, mentor emerging leaders and, on the whole, lay a foundation for future success.
Interim Leaders Tackle Key Leadership Challenges
An institution needs to move forward even when faced with a leadership vacancy. An experienced interim president, VP or other leader keeps critical projects and initiatives moving ahead – with accountability – until a permanent replacement can be found.
Institutions face challenges or opportunities outside the steady state skills of an existing team – a merger or acquisition, new capital campaign, a revamp of enrollment strategy. An interim leader adds highly specific experience that augments current leadership.
Institutions frequently hire key leaders – even presidents and provosts – based largely on potential. Interim leaders can mentor or coach newly hired campus leaders to streamline onboarding, set priorities and build confidence and early wins.
Crises are best met with the aid of those who have faced them before. Interim leaders embrace the opportunity to lend experienced hands to safely navigate an organization through a crisis by contributing proven strategies, tactics and communications.
An interim provides a seasoned voice of reason, skill and experience to projects that necessarily may challenge the status quo. Interim executives establish a future vision and develop the action steps needed to realize it.