Kendra E. Dane
Practice Leader and Senior Consultant
Kendra Dane is a practice leader and senior consultant with Spelman Johnson. Based in Naperville, Illinois, Kendra has utilized her in-depth knowledge and understanding of emerging trends in enrollment management to spearhead the firm’s enrollment management practice over the past seven years. She conducts searches for executives and senior leaders across a broad range of institutional types and functional areas.
With a strong commitment to excellence in all phases of executive search, Kendra partners with her clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their needs and provide them with best-in-class talent. She has managed nearly 100 searches, two-thirds of which have been in the areas of admissions, financial aid, registrar, and enrollment management. Her counsel regarding organizational staffing, position analysis and development, and compensation in higher education is sought by leaders at private and public colleges and universities, art schools, and graduate and professional schools. She has cultivated long-term relationships with her institutional clients, placements, and candidates, and maintains an extensive network of contacts in enrollment management, student affairs, and other professional areas.
Kendra joined Spelman Johnson following a highly successful career in higher education that spanned over 35 years. She most recently served as assistant dean and director of admissions at William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her previous roles included executive director of admissions and marketing and executive director of enrollment services at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and associate vice president of financial aid at National Louis University.
Kendra has held leadership positions in the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) and was a volunteer financial aid trainer with the US Department of Education. Actively engaged in numerous professional associations, including NASFAA, NAGAP, NACAC, and AACRAO, she has served as a presenter at the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (NALSAP) annual meetings. She earned her BA in liberal arts and sciences from Mundelein College (now part of Loyola University) and her MS in management from National Louis University.