Diversified Search Places CEO at Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

February 28, 2019 – Following a national search, Philadelphia-based Diversified Search has recruited Make-A-Wish executive Bill Tiller as president and CEO of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). The organization is the world’s leading non-profit dedicated to children and teens with brain tumors. Managing directors Andrew Wheeler and Peter Gillin led the assignment for the recruitment firm.

“Our board conducted a national search for our next leader, and we couldn’t be more pleased to select Bill Tiller as our new president and CEO,” said Doug Porter, chairman of the PBTF board of directors. “He has a consistent track record of capacity building, improving mission effectiveness and enhancing development activities across a broad spectrum of leading non-profits. We are thrilled to hire Bill, and the board looks forward to collaborating with him to enhance our support of research and family support programs for children and teens with brain tumors.”

Mr. Tiller, a noted non-profit leader, served as CEO of Make-A-Wish South Carolina since 2014. There, he was responsible for directing operations and ensuring the chapter was positioned to effectively achieve its stated mission, goals and objectives. In three years, he tripled the chapter’s total public support, was awarded Make-A-Wish America’s Rising Star Award and was recognized each year with Fundraising Achievement and Wish Achievement awards by Make-A-Wish America. Prior to this, Mr. Tiller served in key development positions at the Meyer Center for Children in Greenville, Presbyterian College and the Thornwell Home for Children. He also led the United Way of Laurens County as executive director.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s mission is to care for families affected by pediatric brain tumors, cure all childhood brain tumors and help survivors and families thrive. Since 1991, the organization has funded more than $30 million in scientific discovery to increase survivorship, improve quality of life and ultimately eliminate pediatric brain tumors.


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“What an honor it is for me to join the talented, passionate people who are the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation,” said Mr. Tiller. “I look forward to working in joyful partnership with everyone as we serve the courageous children and families who are the heart of the mission.”

Veteran Recruiters

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female-owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry. It has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Diversified is the U.S. partner of AltoPartners, an international alliance of 58 independent executive search firms that spans 35 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Diversified Search has worked with more than 300 educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations over a 40-year span. Its non-profit practice recruits leaders for associations, foundations, arts and culture organizations, religious groups, workforce development entities, as well as professional and social service concerns.

Mr. Wheeler is the leader of the education, non-profit and arts and culture practice, as well as an active member of the healthcare services practice. He also serves as Diversified’s chief transformation officer. Previously, he was the firm’s chief lean officer, driving process improvement initiatives to deliver more value to clients. Mr. Wheeler’s clients have included research intensive institutions, liberal arts colleges, academic medical centers, faith-based social service agencies, museums and federated non-profit organizations.

Mr. Gillin is a managing director in the education, non-profit, and arts and culture practice, specializing in secondary education. He has spent his entire career in education, as a teacher, coach, administrator and now as a search executive identifying and placing professionals in key education leadership roles.

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

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