DHR Global Assists La Salle University with Provost Search

September 8, 2022 – DHR Global has helped place Shivanthi Anandan as provost and vice president of academic affairs at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner and global practice leader, and Dwain Celistan, managing partner and global practice leader, diversity practice, led the assignment. “Dr. Anandan brings a wealth of professional and leadership experience to our university community as our chief academic officer at La Salle,” said Daniel J. Allen, president of La Salle. “She has committed her career to the academic and professional development of students by offering an undergraduate education that propels them into rewarding and successful careers.”

As provost and vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Anandan will work with university leadership, faculty, and the board of trustees to ensure that academic programs and services reflect the school’s mission and core values. “Dr. Anandan will provide leadership to embed Lasallian charism in our academic programs; oversee curriculum, academic standards, and program creation; and promote faculty development and instructional and learning supports, among other critical responsibilities,” said the university. “These responsibilities will include the development of a vision for La Salle’s academic programs and portfolio that will be rooted in quality, rigor, and innovation to distinguish La Salle in a rapidly evolving and competitive landscape.”

Dr. Anandan arrives at La Salle after serving Drexel University since 1997, most recently as its vice provost for undergraduate education for the last four years. She brought operational success to Drexel’s office of the provost. In that role, she oversaw undergraduate curriculum and worked with other academic units, like student life, to ensure a successful and comprehensive undergraduate experience. She established collaborative working groups across campus with deans and school and college leadership and created a strategic framework through which she and the Office of the Provost reviewed applications for new programs, and edited existing programs and courses for a web-based database.

Dr. Anandan has served Drexel in a variety of academic and administrative roles over the last 25 years. Among them, she was assistant dean for student affairs within Drexel’s College of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies.

“With Dr. Anandan’s hire, I extend my sincerest thanks to all who supported this search—especially the provost search committee, which was co-chaired by marketing professor and department co-chair Swee-Lim Chia, Ph.D., and vice president of student development and campus life Gabrielle St. Léger, Ed.D. Dozens of campus partners also made significant contributions to this process, including the reservation of time in their calendars to meet with each of our well-qualified finalists,” said Dr. Allen.

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La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. Globally, Lasallian education reaches over one million students in 77 countries on six continents; this includes more than 1,000 schools, universities, and centers of education, and 65 colleges and universities with six located in the U.S.

Global Search Firm

Since 1989, DHR Global has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly owned offices spanning the globe. The firm’s consultants specialize in all industries and functions, providing senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the qualities and specifications of its client base.

DHR’s education practice is a global practice with the ability to serve education clients and their partnerships, affiliates, and campuses around the world. The practice conducts executive searches for education systems, colleges and universities, related associations, and commissions and foundations. At a time when institutions are showing greater interest in considering leadership from outside of the education sector, DHR is well positioned to identify, assess, and recruit these leaders. The firm, with a global footprint of more than 50 offices, has the network and access inside and outside of education to attract diverse, traditional, and non-traditional talent from around the globe.

At age 27, Mr. Sugiyama became one of the youngest directors of a major U.S. pro sports team when he was named to the board of directors of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. Prior to the Bulls, he was a Division I college basketball coach. Recently, he was named one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian-Americans in Business” in the U.S.

Mr. Celistan’s clients have included over 25 Fortune 500 firms, an assortment of family-owned, private equity-backed firms, and universities.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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