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We’re always learning from our clients when we conduct executive searches — about what it takes to lead organizations committed to improving the quality of life. Goals like making high-quality, cost-conscious healthcare widely available to individuals and families, advancing higher education, and life sciences companies achieving medical innovation require stewardship, highly-specialized knowledge and broad experience.

WittKieffer recruits great CEOs and other executives for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and other health-related organizations; life sciences companies including pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and medical device corporations; colleges and universities and not-for-profit community service organizations and foundations. Our clients have relied on WittKieffer for more than 45 years to help recruit leaders with the best mix of skills, experience, vision and character to fulfill their missions. For them and for us, executive search is about much more than filling a chair —  It’s about bringing great leadership to your organization.

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We’re always learning from our clients when we conduct executive searches — about what it takes to lead organizations committed to improving the quality of life. Goals like making high-quality, cost-conscious healthcare widely available to individuals and families, advancing higher education, and life sciences companies achieving medical innovation require stewardship, highly-specialized knowledge and broad experience.

WittKieffer recruits great CEOs, CFOs, COOs, physician leaders, presidents, and other executives for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and other health-related organizations; life sciences companies including pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and medical device corporations; colleges and universities and not-for-profit community service organizations and foundations. Our clients have relied on WittKieffer for more than 45 years to help recruit leaders with the best mix of skills, experience, vision and character to fulfill their missions. For them and for us, executive search is about much more than filling a chair —  It’s about bringing great leadership to your organization.

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WittKieffer recruits great CEOs and other executives for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and other health-related organizations; life sciences companies including pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and medical device corporations; colleges and universities and not-for-profit community service organizations and foundations.

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News Briefings

WittKieffer Seeks President for Saint Mary’s College in Indiana

Executive search firm WittKieffer has been selected to find the next president for Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. Leading the assignment are managing partner Robin Mamlet, consultant Sheila Murphy and senior associate Christine Pendleton. The school’s previous president, Janice Cervelli, who resigned in October, alleged in a recent lawsuit that she was forced

Navigating the Executive Career

Even the most successful executives can use career advice as they assess their current positions and look to the future. Are “tried and true” practices, learned as young professionals, still current and relevant to those who have moved up the ladder? What are appropriate ways to work with executive recruiters? Have the rules of interviewing

Witt/Kieffer Tapped by Oregon State University to Find 15th President

Executive recruitment firm Witt/Kieffer has been selected by Oregon State University (OSU) to lead in its search for its 15th president. Edward Ray, who has served as the school’s president since 2003, recently announced he is stepping down when his current five-year contract ends in 2020. Zachary Smith, senior partner and deputy managing partner for the firm’s

Witt/ Kieffer Recruits First Chief Diversity Officer for Emory University

The role of chief diversity officer is expanding at universities across the country. It has, in fact, become one of the most important positions for shaping the vision, culture and very face of institutions of higher learning from coast to coast. It is also increasingly becoming a cabinet-level job, with a broad range of responsibilities

Press Releases

St. Tammany Parish Hospital names new CEO

COVINGTON, LA, June 22, 2018 – On Friday, the hospital’s Board of Commissioners named Joan Coffman president and CEO of the Covington-based hospital. John Evans, board chairman, said the search committee included local community physician leaders, board members and STPH partner Ochsner Health System. “Among the seven of us, we find (Coffman) to be an accomplished

Witt/Kieffer Expands Global Reach

OAK BROOK, IL, April 20, 2018 – Leading executive search firm Witt/Kieffer announced today its recent acquisition of Witt/Kieffer Ccentric Limited to create Witt/Kieffer International Limited. The agreement reflects the outright purchase of the entity from its joint venture partner, Ccentric Group of Australia, with which it had collaborated since 2015. Serving clients in healthcare, education, and

Linda Oubré Named President of Whittier College

WHITTIER, CA, March 29, 2018 –  Linda Oubré, Ed.D. has been appointed Whittier College’s 15th president and will take office on July 1. Oubré will succeed Sharon D. Herzberger, who will retire on June 30 after 13 years as president. “We are thrilled to welcome Linda to Whittier,” said Jim Brown ’71, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Linda is a dynamic

SA military officers retirement community hires new CEO after lawsuit settled

SAN ANTONIO, TX, March 22, 2018 – The Army Residence Community, a San Antonio-based retirement community for military officers, has hired a new CEO, effective May 15. Steven Fuller is the fourth CEO at the nonprofit organization since its inception three decades ago. Fuller was the longtime CEO of the The Village at Incarnate Word, a senior

IC announces search committee for vice president for Finance

OAK BROOK, IL, January 23, 2018 – Ithaca College announced the members of its search committee for vice president for Finance and Administration on Jan. 4. The committee will begin to work with the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer on Jan. 24. The interim vice president for Finance and Administration at the college, Janet Williams, has held the position since Aug. 1, 2016. She succeeded Gerald Hector,