October 9, 2019 – Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Community college executive search firm Gold Hill Associates was recently selected by the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) to lead its search for a new CHRO. Search consultant Dennis Michaelis is leading the assignment.
The CHRO heads human capital initiatives and strategies that will support high levels of employee engagement, promotes customer service excellence, and attracts and retains high performing employees. The individual will oversee all aspects of human resources including talent acquisition and management; compensation, benefits, and wellness; employee relations; employee development and retention; and performance management.
The incoming leader should have seven years of progressively responsible human resource experience with at least five years of experience as a senior human resources professional. Gold Hill Associates said CSN’s next CHRO must have “a strong personal and professional commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds and groups representing numerous perspectives and interests.” In addition, the school wants someone with proven ability to foster a cooperative work environment internal and external to the department/division among unique and diverse individuals.
The College of Southern Nevada is a comprehensive, multi-campus community college and the largest and most ethnically diverse institution of higher education in Nevada. Founded in 1971, it is the largest college in the state, operating in over 50 locations including three main campuses and eight learning centers in Clark County. CSN educates more than 50,000 unique students annually in credit, non-credit and workforce development programs.
Gold Hill Associates, founded in 1990, is dedicated solely to community college executive searches. The firm has completed over 100 assignments for a variety of college populations, from small and rural to large, urban and multi-district colleges. Gold Hill’s search professionals have all been community college presidents, bringing specific first-hand knowledge and support. Their prior work as presidents helps them adapt to meet individual board and state requirements, with an awareness of budget costs to the board and institution.
Dr. Michaelis served as president of McLennan Community College in Waco, TX for 21 years. He previously served as president of Lake Region Community College in North Dakota and Paris Junior College in Texas. Since retiring, Dr. Michaelis has served as interim chancellor at St. Louis Community College, interim chancellor at Baton Rouge Community College and interim president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas, his master’s at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and his doctorate at Kansas State University.
Universities Turning to Search Firms
A number of universities have turned to search firms to find new CHROs. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
West Hartford CT-based Academic Career & Executive Search was recently tapped by the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) to help find its next chief human resources officer. The Dallas County Community College District wants a highly accomplished, collaborative leader and change agent with a successful track record in the areas of talent acquisition, development…
Harvard Law School, the oldest continuously operating law school in the U.S., recently retained Spencer Stuart to lead the search for its next CHRO. The right candidate will have at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources, business and/or higher education administration as well as substantial staff management experience, said the search firm.
Koya Leadership Partners recently placed Lorraine Goffe as the new VP for human resources and CHRO of Penn State. Managing director Liz Neumann and vice president Beth Schaefer led the assignment. “We started the search last summer and finished the last interviews before Thanksgiving so there would be plenty of time to have an offer accepted by the middle of December,” said Ms. Schaefer.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media