James M. Norfleet
Practice Leader and Senior Consultant
Jim Norfleet is a practice leader and senior consultant with Spelman Johnson. Based in Philadelphia, Jim leads presidential searches and spearheads the firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion search practice. He partners with public and private institutions of all types to recruit provosts, vice presidents, deans, directors, and other leaders across a range of functional areas.
A strong believer in the transformative power of education, Jim considers it a privilege to advance colleges and universities by helping them recruit exceptional leaders. His executive experience, deep understanding of the higher education landscape, and proven expertise in sourcing talent and delivering robust, diverse candidate pools provide tremendous value to his clients. His strategic approach and engaging, collaborative style define his practice and lead to successful searches and long-term relationships with clients and candidates.
Jim joined Spelman Johnson after three decades in higher education. He most recently served as vice president for student affairs at The College of New Jersey, where he managed a $60 million budget and a broad portfolio of programs, services, and campus facilities. At California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he has been honored with emeritus status, Jim served as associate vice president for student services, executive director of educational equity services, and founding director of the Renaissance Scholars program for former foster youth. Earlier in his career, he worked in academic affairs at Nyack College, where he directed the Higher Education Opportunity Program, served as associate dean of the college, led diversity and inclusion initiatives, and established the Office of Academic Development, now known as the Division of Student Success.
Jim has served as an independent consultant to mission-driven organizations and leaders across the career spectrum. He earned his BBA in business and marketing from Pace University and has completed all coursework for an EdD in educational leadership at the University of California, Los Angeles. Jim currently serves as co-chair of the American Council on Education (ACE) Executive Search Roundtable and is active in an array of professional and civic organizations. He speaks on higher education and social justice issues and has received numerous awards for his leadership, advocacy, and community service.