About Us

Higher Education Leadership Search is an Anniston, AL-based firm offering a new model of higher education search: matching talented candidates with distinguished positions in the most cost-effective, streamlined and efficient manner.

With search consultants from a variety of academic and administrative positions, HELS consultants understand the search process from both sides and stand ready to serve. The firm offers universities and candidates a variety of services: profile development, position advertising, candidate support and recruiting, facilitation of the interview process, as well as complete Internet and social-media vetting – all confidential! Unique aspects include a portal where candidates can enter their own information into a database and a streamlined search timeline, which significantly reduces costs. The overall result is an institutionally focused, candidate-friendly, technologically innovative new model for searches.

Additionally, HELS has formed a strategic partnership with Collegiate Consulting, a comprehensive solutions-based consulting company focused exclusively on the collegiate athletics marketplace. This partnership allows the firms, combined academic, administrative and athletic higher education experience, to provide even more value to clients by offering full turnkey searches in all three areas. HELS has also partnered with Columbus State University’s Leadership Institute to assist with providing expertise in leadership development and personality profiles on finalist candidates.

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The firm’s team of trusted higher education professionals are eager to work with candidates and institutions to provide quality placement and valued process in higher education search.

These individuals bring years of higher education experience in various administrative and leadership positions, therefore they understand the value that search firms and consultants offer to both candidates and institutions.

Solutions And Expertise

With search consultants from a variety of academic and administrative positions, HELS consultants understand the search process from both sides and stand ready to serve. The firm offers universities and candidates a variety of services: profile development, position advertising, candidate support and recruiting, facilitation of the interview process, as well as complete Internet and social-media vetting – all confidential!

Solutions
  • Executive Search
Functions
  • CEO/President
  • Development
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government
  • Human Resources

News Briefings

Higher Education Leadership Seeks President for Southeastern Oklahoma State University

The Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Regents has selected Anniston, AL-based Higher Education Leadership Search to find a new president for Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Sean Burrage recently stepped down. Consultants Bill Meehan and Alan Medders are leading the assignment. “We are seeking someone who understands the diverse and dynamic academic environment and connects

Achieving Work/Life Balance Sometimes Means Working Weekends

Even as some organizations ponder shorter official work weeks, more and more jobs are coming with the expectation, sometimes unspoken, that employees should be available at any time. Bosses may think they’re squeezing extra productivity out of their direct reports, but it’s that type of pressure that can depress employee engagement. In one recent survey

Social Media Continues to Impact Hiring and Executive Recruiting

Social media usage continues to grow. New users and new applications are reported every year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently posted an announcement about the platform having hit two billion users. To put that into perspective, that is six times the population of the U.S. CareerBuilder recently reported that over 70 percent of employers are screening social

Higher Education Leadership Search Tapped to Find Chief Engagement and Inclusion Officer for Columbus State University

Anniston, AL-based Higher Education Leadership Search has been selected to find a chief engagement and inclusion officer for Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. Consultant Alan Medders is leading the assignment for the search firm. The successful candidate for the role will be responsible for the overall leadership of the programs and initiatives that promote

Press Releases

UCM selects Lance Cavanaugh as new VP for Advancement & Executive Director of UCM Alumni Foundation

WARRENSBURG, MO, Aug. 29, 2017 — University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose has announced the hiring of J. Lance Cavanaugh as the new Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the UCM Alumni Foundation. Ambrose made the announcement during the Board of Governors’ August plenary session. With a continuing need for strong