About Us

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.

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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.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Outplacement
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
  • Accounting/Audit
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Associations
  • Biotechnology
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Faith Based
  • Financial Services
  • Foundations
  • Healthcare Services
  • Industrial
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Medical
  • Non-Profit
  • Oil & Gas
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Wheless Partners Selected by Wichita State to Find President

With the new academic year coming to a close, a number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization. The Kansas Board of Regents recently tapped executive recruitment

Wheless Partners Retained by the University of Colorado to Find New Leader

With the new academic year underway, a number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization. The University of Colorado board of regents recently tapped executive recruitment firm Wheless

Wheless Partners Finds CEO for Rainy Lake Medical Center
Wheless Partners CEO Rainy Lake Medical Center

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

Wheless Partners Selected to Find Chancellor for New Mexico State University
Wheless Partners Chancellor New Mexico State University

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

Press Releases

Search For New CFO, COO at UNM Gets Underway

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., November 6, 2018  — The University of New Mexico is still several months away from filling one of the most powerful positions on campus. David Harris – executive vice president for administration/chief financial officer/chief operating officer – is retiring at year’s end, but the search for his replacement is in its infancy. While

Wheless Partners Executive Search Firm Successfully Places CEO for Rainy Lake Medical Center

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

NMSU Chancellor Search Committee Offers Timeline

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

Firm Launches Website in Search for NMSU’s Next Chancellor

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

Pennsylvania University System Searches for New Chancellor

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,