For over thirty years, Wheless Partners has served clients in multiple industry sectors, healthcare and academia being the largest practices. Our services include Executive Search, Leadership Consulting, Succession Planning, and Board Practice & Recruitment.
Wheless Partners’ national Healthcare and Health Sciences Practice — recognized as a 2017 Top 25 Healthcare Firm in Modern Healthcare and 1 of only 40 firms selected & sanctioned in ACHE’s National Executive Search Firm Exchange — is comprised of former CEOs, COOs, CNOs, VP Strategy, and VP Human Resources who understand the roles, requirements of success, and complexities of hospitals and health systems.
Similarly, the firm’s national Higher Education Practice features former academic, corporate and non-profit executives, including CEOs, Presidents, Trustees, HBCU Presidents, and Chancellors. Our leaders have sat on the client’s side of the desk, and ask the kinds of questions our clients would ask.
As former executives, we know what it is like to be a client of search firms, and to participate as a candidate in searches. We have experienced first-hand the impact of “off limits” issues, excessively long and frustrating searches, and infrequent and impersonal interactions. Now as executive search leaders, we have translated our experience into a proven model of success, providing positive outcomes and experiences for our clients and candidates.
To minimize “off limits/non-compete” issues and enable us to find and present the best candidates, we create long-term, strategic partnerships; in fact, over 75% of Wheless Partners’ engagements come from existing clients. In addition, our executive backgrounds and national network of trusted colleagues, along with proprietary training in performance predication methods, give us unique insights and an edge in deeply vetting candidates. The results? Our clients gain exceptional leadership optimal to both the role and their culture.
Because Wheless Partners is in the ‘people’ business, we have a special appreciation for committed, highly qualified and collaborative executives.
That’s why we’re particularly proud to put men and women of uncommon character, grace and personal dedication on the point of each and every client relationship. Our consultants, researchers and administrative leaders bring deep industry experience and a richly informed perspective coupled with a willingness to flex their approach to best fit your immediate and long-term needs.
Our team is engaged with and has special access to the leaders of exceptional global enterprises, mid-market companies, public and private institutions and not-for-profit agencies, and bring significant referral networks that accelerate the realization of your objectives. When clients get to know our consultants, they come to appreciate the real value of a trusted partner committed to elevating their culture, performance and people. We invite you to learn more about our team of world-class search and consulting professionals.
Following a national search, executive recruitment firm Wheless Partners has placed Robert Pastor as the new CEO of Rainy Lake Medical Center, a level 4 trauma center and community health organization in International Falls, MN. Bonnie Erickson, who served two stints as CEO, will be retiring at the end of August. “After an exhaustive search to meet the
Executive recruitment firm Wheless Partners has been enlisted to find the next system chancellor and president for New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM. As the chief executive officer of the NMSU system, the system chancellor is responsible for providing transformative leadership, focus and strategic vision, said the search firm. The individual has
Cleveland State University (CSU) president Ronald Berkman, who since his arrival in 2009 has transformed what was predominantly a commuter school into a campus with strong partnerships, has announced his retirement. The college has enlisted Wheless Partners to find its next leader. The search will be managed by Mike JR Wheless, managing partner and division
Wheless Partners, an executive recruitment firm in Birmingham, AL, has been selected to help find the next president for Fort Hays State University (FHSU), one of six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. The search is being led by Michael J.R. Wheless, senior partner and division president responsible for engaging boards of
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN, July 12, 2018 – Wheless Partners today announced, after a national executive search, Robert Pastor has been placed as CEO of Rainy Lake Medical Center, a level 4 trauma center and community health organization in International Falls, MN. Robert brings significant leadership, hospital care delivery, and operations experience. He has an impressive
LAS CRUCES, NM, April 3, 2018 – The New Mexico State University chancellor search committee said at least five candidates for the university’s top job will be announced the week of April 11 and will visit campus a few weeks later. The search committee released few other details at a news conference Tuesday. Since November, NMSU has
LAS CRUCES, NM, January 22, 2018 – A website outlining the expectations and requirements for New Mexico State University’s next chancellor has been launched by Wheless Partners, an executive search and leadership consulting firm. Applications and anonymous referrals may be submitted through the website, www.nmsuchancellorsearch.com. “We’re continuing to work with Wheless Partners to actively solicit
PHILIDELPHIA, PA, January 17, 2018 – Five months after the retirement of the former chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, members of its oversight board say they are ready to begin recruiting candidates to lead the struggling university system through a sweeping change. The 14 state-owned universities that comprise the system — including California,
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, December 14, 2017 – University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) President Taylor Eighmy today announced a nationwide search for a new Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs to help lead UTSA’s advancement as a preeminent discovery and learning institution. The Provost reports directly to the President and is the university’s chief academic officer, overseeing UTSA’s