About Us

Spelman Johnson is a premier executive search firm exclusively committed to serving higher education. Recruiting talented leaders on behalf of the institutions we serve, our success is strengthened by our deep and diverse relationships and our investment in the development and engagement of a leadership pipeline. Since 1991, we’ve helped hundreds of higher education institutions identify outstanding professionals, pairing exceptional leaders with positions across all facets of the academy. Spelman Johnson is nationally recognized for our thought leadership on issues of equity and diversity and for our commitment to inclusion in higher education.

Our Mission

Spelman Johnson, founded in 1991, provides search and consulting services in partnership with institutions of higher education. Our mission is to provide exceptional, ethical service to our clients in the search and consulting processes—identifying and recruiting talented leaders for our client institutions.

Our Vision

Spelman Johnson provides outstanding search and consulting services to institutions of higher education based on three key principles: ethics, communication, and service. We strive for clear and direct communication with clients and candidates. We endeavor to make the best use of available resources in facilitating the smooth and efficient delivery of services, operations, and processes. And, we believe that every client and every candidate should expect nothing less than honest and ethical efforts, on their behalf, at every juncture of the search process.

Our Commitment to Diversity

During our twenty-seven year history, Spelman Johnson has cultivated and supported a diverse, national network of professionals of color within higher education. The relationships we establish in the course of our work with multi-cultural professional groups and associations are part of an overall corporate commitment to the advancement of underrepresented professionals within higher education. During our history, 52 percent of our searches have been completed with the hire of a woman, and persons of color have been hired into 24 percent of our positions. Of the women we have placed throughout our history, 62 percent remain in their positions or have been promoted to higher positions within the client institution; 68 percent of the persons of color remain in their positions or have been promoted within the client institution.