We’re always learning from our clients when we conduct executive searches — about what it takes to lead organizations committed to improving the quality of life. Goals like making high-quality, cost-conscious healthcare widely available to individuals and families, advancing higher education, and life sciences companies achieving medical innovation require stewardship, highly-specialized knowledge and broad experience.

Witt/Kieffer recruits great CEOs and other executives for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and other health-related organizations; life sciences companies including pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and medical device corporations; colleges and universities and not-for-profit community service organizations and foundations. Our clients have relied on Witt/Kieffer for more than 45 years to help recruit leaders with the best mix of skills, experience, vision and character to fulfill their missions. For them and for us, executive search is about much more than filling a chair —  It’s about bringing great leadership to your organization.



Two Northeast Colleges Pick Witt/Kieffer to Lead Diversity Officer Searches

Chief diversity officers are now considered part of every competitive organization’s senior management team and institutions of all types are lining up to bring these highly sought after leaders on board. Search firms, of course, are well equipped and well-networked throughout the space. One sector that has increased its demand for top drawer diversity leadership

Witt/Kieffer Tapped by University of Illinois to Lead Provost Search

Academic institutions continue to turn to executive recruiters for leadership guidance. The latest: the University of Illinois has selected Witt/Kieffer to lead its search for a new provost for its Urbana campus. The recruiting firm, one of nine under contract by the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative to perform administrative, academic and medical searches, will be paid $121,600

Witt/Kieffer Names Andrew Chastain As CEO

After leading one of the nation’s top 10 executive search firms — and the single largest specializing in healthcare, education and non-profit — Charles ‘Chuck’ W.B. Wardell will step down from his role as chief executive officer of Witt/Kieffer at the end of June. Andrew P. Chastain, who has been with the firm since 1997 and currently serves as managing partner and chairman

Witt / Kieffer Leading Chief Nursing Officer Search for Bayhealth Medical Center

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Bayhealth Medical Center to lead its search for a senior vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO). Rachel Polhemus, senior partner at the firm, is leading the search. Bayhealth’s CNO will be a key senior leader and member of the medical center’s executive leadership team. The incoming chief nurse will be responsible for

Witt/Kieffer Names College Provost to Education Practice

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has appointed Concetta M. Stewart as a principal in its education practice. Ms. Stewart brings to the position more than two decades of leadership experience across academic disciplines, with particular expertise in academic affairs, program development, and technology and communications.  Most recently, she served as provost and vice president of academic affairs and interim president


Concetta M. Stewart Joins Witt/Kieffer

OAK BROOK, IL, January 18, 2017 — Concetta M. Stewart has joined the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer as a principal in its growing Education Practice. She brings to the position more than two decades of leadership experience across academic disciplines, with particular expertise in academic affairs, program development, and technology and communications. Most recently, Stewart served as provost

Leah Cox Named VP for Inclusion and Institutional Equity at Towson University

OAK BROOK, IL, December 20, 2016 — Leah Cox, Ph.D., has been appointed Towson University’s inaugural vice president for inclusion and institutional equity, effective January 23, 2017. This appointment resulted from a national search that lasted several months and drew more than 50 highly qualified candidates from around the nation. Cox comes to TU from the University of

Witt/Kieffer Announces Expansion of Sports Leadership Practice

OAK BROOK, IL, November 10, 2016 — Signaling its commitment to college sports, Witt/Kieffer has named experienced executive recruiter Katy Young as a senior associate in its expanding Sports Leadership practice. Experienced in both collegiate and professional sports executive search, Young has supported over 40 searches for Division I head coaches and athletic directors. She has worked with

Witt/Kieffer Announces New Leadership for IT Practice

OAK BROOK, IL, September 21, 2016 — Witt/Kieffer, a leading executive search firm, has announced that Hillary Ross, Principal and Chris Wierz, Principal will co-lead Witt/Kieffer’s IT Practice. Witt/Kieffer’s Information Technology practice assesses and recruits prominent IT leaders to roles including chief information officer and chief medical informatics officer. Witt/Kieffer’s consultants are distinctively qualified with knowledge concerning challenges

Witt/Kieffer Announces Ten New Promotions

OAK BROOK, IL, August 17, 2016 — Witt/Kieffer, a leading executive search firm, today announces ten promotions across its expanding search practices. “I’m thrilled to recognize those individuals who have excelled in serving our clients and communities; our team has worked hard to reach this level of sustained growth,” said Charles W.B. Wardell III, Chair and CEO of