Curry College Taps Isaacson, Miller for CHRO Search

January 12, 2016 – Curry College has retained Isaacson, Miller to lead its search for a new chief human resources officer (CHRO). Vice president Alan Wichlei is leading the search with managing associate Liz Vago.

Reporting directly to the president and serving as a member of the college’s senior leadership team, the CHRO will implement an innovative and comprehensive HR program and systems.

Founded in 1879, Curry College is located on a wooded 135-acre campus in Milton, MA seven miles from downtown Boston. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Curry College offers 22 undergraduate degrees, and four master’s degrees; with a combined enrollment of 3,700 students, the college draws students from 32 states and 13 countries.

Mr. Wichlei, who works from Isaacson, Miller’s Boston office, conducts senior leadership searches for academic institutions, faith-based organizations, human service endeavors, private and community foundations, organizations redefining their mission and market strategies, and research university libraries.

Ms. Vago, who also works in the firm’s Boston office, oversees a diverse portfolio of searches in K-12 and higher education, advocacy and social service organizations, civic institutions, and select mission-driven for-profit companies.

Recent hiring trends show that a full one-third of companies said their organizations were hiring for HR positions, including CHRO. Universities clearly rank among this group. This number is up from 20 percent just 18 months ago.

According to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, the need for HR expertise increases dramatically with company size. Just one percent of small companies (those with one to 99 employees) are recruiting for HR positions, according to the summer 2015 survey results.

This research concurs with findings from Hunt Scanlon CHRO surveys which indicate that as large companies bring their more significant executive recruiting work in-house, there is a developing need for top-flight CHROs who can oversee the entire corporate personnel spectrum, from top to bottom.

Isaacson, Miller provides executive search services to a wide range of academic institutions, from community colleges to research intensive universities. Higher education is the firm’s largest and most comprehensive practice, with more than half its work now related to university and college leadership.

Isaacson, Miller is currently engaged in more than 200 active searches, including leading president searches for a number of brand educational institutions: Marist College, Mills College, Washington State University, Loyola University, Converse College, DePauw University, San Jose State University, and Wellesley College among them. The firm has also been retained to search for a president for Central European University based in Budapest, Hungary.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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