Welcome to the blog for SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group


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Welcome to the blog for SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group, a place to share knowledge, experience and ideas regarding higher education leadership and executive search. At SJG, we believe that connecting institutions with exceptional higher ed professionals requires more than expert knowledge of the higher education search process. It also requires extensive knowledge of the academy as a whole and diligent attention to current needs and challenges that academic institutions and professionals face.

Our blog will focus on search process issues pertinent to both institutions of higher education and higher education professionals. Such topics will range from trends in higher education, to tips on identifying exceptional talent for higher education positions, to suggestions for navigating your personal job search, to the latest association events and conferences.

We hope you will find our blog an engaging and lively forum, as well as a helpful resource. We look forward to meeting you in these pages!

Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.