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 Search Seeks Deans for Auburn University at Montgomery

Higher Education Leadership Search is spearheading searches for two deans for Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) in Alabama. Consultant Larry Benefield is leading the search for the next dean for the College of Sciences while consultant Alan Medders is in charge of finding the new dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Higher Education Leadership Search Finds New Provost for Northeastern State University
Higher Education Leadership Search Provost Northeastern State University

Higher Education Leadership Search has helped place Debbie Landry as the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, OK. Dr. Landry served as the interim provost for nearly a year. Consultants Bill Meehan and Alan Medders led the assignment. “For over 13 years, Dr. Landry has served

7 Characteristics of a Great Recruiter

According to a report by talent consultant Kevin Sheridan, 86 percent of executive search firms feel they are doing a good job recruiting, yet only 60 percent of candidates report having a positive experience during the recruiting process with them. Mr. Sheridan is an internationally-recognized keynote speaker, a New York Times best-selling author and a sought-after voice

Higher Education Leadership Search Seeks Chief Compliance Officer for University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Higher Education Leadership Search has been selected by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin to lead in its search for a chief compliance officer. Consultants Geralyn Franklin and Alan Medders are leading the assignment. The incoming executive will oversee and coordinate university-wide compliance and risk-management activities, ensuring that the school and its employees are complying

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

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