The position of college or university president is the institution’s most critical leadership role. A successful search requires synergy between the board and the campus community with regard to expectations and priorities for the new president. Though the traditional academic pathway—tenure-track faculty to dean to chief academic officer or provost—remains common in higher education, an increasing number of presidents are coming from other senior roles, including student affairs, enrollment management, finance and administration, advancement, and diversity and inclusion. Spelman Johnson’s presidential search practice is focused on institutions with an interest in considering presidential candidates from a wide variety of leadership positions within higher education and beyond, ultimately providing the broadest possible spectrum of leaders for consideration. We work closely with governing boards and search committees to understand the qualities and characteristics sought in the next president and to build robust and diverse candidate pools. Spelman Johnson is a longstanding member of the ACE Executive Search Roundtable and the Council of Independent Colleges. With a history of successful and diverse placements, an extensive network within higher education, and a uniquely experienced search consultants, Spelman Johnson is your best choice in executive search.

Additional cabinet positions that we recruit for:

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Diversity Officer
Vice President of Student Affairs
Vice president of Enrollment
Vice President of Marketing and Communication
Athletic Director