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University of Wyoming Turns to Parker Executive Search for President

Atlanta-based recruitment firm Parker Executive Search has been enlisted to find the next president for the University of Wyoming. Laura Wilder, the firm’s president, is leading the assignment along with vice president of higher education Porsha Williams. This marks the fourth time in six years that the Laramie, WY-based university has sought a new president. This

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CannabizTeam Opens New Office in Chicago

Legal marijuana is now nearly a $10 billion business in the U.S. Investors poured $10 billion into cannabis in North America in 2018, twice what was invested in the last three years combined. The North American market is expected to reach more than $16 billion by the end of 2019. While talent deficits are a

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Borrer Executive Search Places CFO and Chief Communications Officer for IMD Business School

Lausanne, Switzerland-based Borrer Executive Search has helped place Peggy Le Roux as chief finance and administrative officer as well as Delia Fischer as chief communications officer at IMD Business School. Ms. Le Roux joins the Lausanne- and Singapore-based business school from watch manufacturer Jaeger-Coultre, where she served as CFO for eight years. Before that, she was head of controlling for the

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GDPR – The Perfect Time to Refresh Your Database

As executive search firms grapple with the complexities of GDPR, many are concerned that the new regulation will mean deleting thousands of records built up over many years. Surely there must be an alternative?

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Kennedy Executive Search Adds New Partner in Germany

Kennedy Executive Search, a network of independent executive search firms, has added Adrian & Roth Personalberatung as its newest member firm. With the new partner office in Munich, Kennedy Executive gains an even stronger presence in Germany and the German-speaking markets. Adrian & Roth (A&R) was founded in 2002. The firm has more than 20

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Netflix Ordered to Stop Recruiting Executives from Rivals

A judge in California has just issued an injunction against streaming powerhouse Netflix, prohibiting it from attempting to hire Fox TV and film executives who are under contract. The ruling yesterday afternoon in LA Superior Court hands a win to Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp and Fox 21, the studios that sued Netflix three years

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WittKieffer Tapped by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Find Chief People Officer

Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist companies across the nation to find top talent leaders, including chief people officers. The latest: WittKieffer has been retained by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to lead its search for a new chief people officer. Kim Smith, Tom Quinn and Kerry Quealy are leading the assignment. “This is

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University of Missouri Turns to Parker Executive Search to Find Head Football Coach

Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors, coaches and senior level front office staff. The latest: Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search recently placed Eliah Drinkwitz as the head football coach at the University of Missouri. Mr. Drinkwitz is coming off an impressive 2019 season at Appalachian State, where he led the

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Stanton Chase Appoints HR Practice Leader for North America

Baltimore, MD-headquartered Stanton Chase has continued its recent expansion with the addition of veteran HR executive Bill Brewer as the firm’s human resources practice leader in North America and a director in its Los Angeles office. As the regional HR specialization leader, Mr. Brewer consults with boards and CEOs on assessing and acquiring best-in-class human resources officers. He leads

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The RSA Group Names Chief Commercial Officer

The RSA Group, which is based in London and focuses on the life sciences sector, has named Kristian Jürgensen as chief commercial officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Jürgensen is charged with ensuring that all functions of the organization are aligned to meet strategic commercial objectives and will continue to drive business growth. “I

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Crafting a Job Spec That Draws Top Talent

A search firm and client can spend 15 minutes or 15 hours drafting a position specification, but it can emerge as a useless document either way. According to William Lepiesza of The Alexander Group, a well-crafted specification, or “spec” for short, is the foundation upon which a successful search is built. “Without the right approach

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Uber Picks Hanold Associates for Head of Talent Acquisition Search

Following a record-breaking year of recruiting top HR leadership into some of the best well-known brands across industry, Chicago-based Hanold Associates has been chosen to lead Uber’s search for a head of talent acquisition in its Advance Technology Groups unit. Ashley Schiele and Mayank Parikh are spearheading the assignment. The position is based in Pittsburgh, PA. The head of talent acquisition

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Diversified Search Finds CEO for Eastern Connecticut Health Network

Philadelphia-based Diversified Search placed Deborah Weymouth as president and CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN). The assignment was conducted by James A. Langston, managing director and financial officers practice leader, and managing director Ken Hirshman. “I am pleased to welcome Deborah to ECHN and I am confident that she will be an outstanding addition to ECHN’s

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Aspen Leadership Group Seeks Leader for League of American Orchestras

Aspen Leadership Group, an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting top talent for philanthropic organizations, is seeking a new president and chief executive officer for the League of American Orchestras. “The CEO will further the fulfillment of the mission of the League of American Orchestras: to advance the experience of orchestral music, support the

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20/20 Foresight Executive Search Appoints Managing Director in San Francisco

Chicago-headquartered 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has expanded with the addition of John Spitzler as managing director. He will head both 20/20 Foresight Executive Search and 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing operations throughout California from his home base in San Francisco. “20/20 Foresight offers our career consultants a unique atmosphere in which to grow their business,” said Bob Cavoto, managing principal and founder

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Upbeat Hiring Plans Heading Into the New Year

U.S. employers expect the hiring pace to remain steady into the first 90 days of 2020 though regional and industry forecasts are mixed, according to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released today by ManpowerGroup. Employers in all U.S. regions and industry sectors said they were expecting headcount to grow. This is the eighth consecutive year of

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DHR International Assists Florida State Land New Football Coach

Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner and global sports practice leader at DHR International, has placed Mike Norvell as the new head football coach for Florida State University. Willie Taggart was fired in early November after going 9-12 during his tenure with the team. “It was an honor to be entrusted with the search for the new leader of one

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University of Utah Enlists Spelman Johnson for Chief Safety Officer Search

Executive recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has been chosen to find a chief safety officer for the University Of Utah in Salt Lake City. The university created the role in the wake of the murder of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey in October 2018. An independent review subsequently found that university police failed to respond properly to Ms.

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ZRG Partners Expands Financial Services Practice

ZRG Partners, one of the fastest growing executive search firms, has expanded with the addition of Michael Castine to its financial services practice. He will be based in New York City. Mr. Castine brings 30 years of executive search experience to the firm. Previously, he was a partner with Ridgeway Partners for the past six years. He

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HW Global Talent Partner Adds Finance Director to Fuel Growth

U.K.-based executive search firm HW Global Talent Partner has named Rob Pettican as its new finance director at a time in which the firm is targeting rapid growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions. In a new position created to support the planned expansion of the group, he will be accountable for the firm’s finances.

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The Upskilling Deadlock to Continue in 2020

Recent research has revealed a paradox at the heart of current debates around upskilling. On the one hand, the vast majority of U.S. workers believe it’s imperative to train for and develop new skills in order to keep up with changes in the workplace. On the other, that same contingent of workers also say that neither

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Myers McRae Recruits Provost for Methodist College

Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has placed Suzanne Blum Malley as the new provost for Methodist University. She will assume her new position on Jan. 15. Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Jennifer Barfield, senior vice president, led the assignment. “Dr. Blum Malley brings to us a strong track record of academic and scholarly success,

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Insight Executive Search Seeks Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer for Walton Family Foundation

Insight Executive Search, which finds top talent for non-profit, research and commercial organizations, has been chosen to find a strategic learning and evaluation officer for the Walton Family Foundation. Vice president Ari Ayares is leading the assignment for the Washington, D.C.-based recruitment firm. The new strategic learning and evaluation officer will be charged with working

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The Jackson Laboratory Taps Heidrick & Struggles to Find CHRO

CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company, and they are expected to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk taking and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success will have diverse skill-sets,

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The Taplow Group Unveils New Board of Directors

Board service can be one of the most rewarding career experiences: It’s the opportunity to see firsthand how another company operates at the highest levels and to work with – and learn from – accomplished, articulate and intelligent people. It’s why many leaders decide to start down the path to the boardroom. It’s also why

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Korn Ferry Posts Flat Q2 Revenues

Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) has posted fiscal second quarter revenues of $492.4 million, down one percent (up one percent at constant currency) from last year. The Los Angeles-headquartered executive recruiter and leadership consultant – the largest globally and in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media – recorded net income was $42.8 million, compared to a loss of $46 million in the second quarter of last

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Unemployment Rate Dips Again as Economy Pushes Forward, Despite Concerns

Employers added 266,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.5 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The increase was above the 180,000 forecast by economists. The November gain is the 110th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed currently stands at 5.89 million. “We still see

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The Bowdoin Group Recruits President for Mayo Clinic Platform

The Bowdoin Group, a Boston-based executive search firm, has placed John Halamka as the new president of Mayo Clinic Platform, which is committed to elevating Mayo Clinic to a global leadership position within digital healthcare. He will start in his new role on Jan. 1. “Dr. Halamka has a proven track record of success in innovation

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Ventura Partners Plays Key Role in Returning Head Football Coach to Rutgers

Executive recruitment firm Ventura Partners has helped to bring Greg Schiano back to Rutgers University for a second stint as head football coach. Mr. Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl appearances during his previous tenure, from 2001 to 2011. Partner Chad Chatlos led the assignment for the search firm. Mr. Schiano left Rutgers in 2012

Spencer Stuart Recruits First Woman Leader for RBS

Financial services organizations, generally, are facing a new competitive landscape, regulatory challenges and a constant struggle to manage cost and efficiency. This requires strategic leaders – male and female – with a multidimensional skill-set. But there’s a big problem – in most countries, while women represent about half of the financial services industry – precious few

Dr. Steven Altschuler joins Diversified Search as Advisor

Diversified Search Adds Renowned Physician as Senior Advisor

In recent months, executive search firms have been plucking talent from the corporate ranks in a wide array of sectors. The latest: Diversified Search has brought aboard a renowned physician-leader, Dr. Steven Altschuler, as senior advisor. Dr. Altschuler will specialize in work in academic medicine within Diversified’s healthcare services search practice, the firm said. He is

Myers McRae places Barbara Steadman Major Gifts Officer Claflin University

Myers McRae Places Major Gifts Officer at Claflin University

Executive search firm Myers McRae has recruited Barbara Steadman as the major gifts officer of Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. Kenny Daugherty, president for the Macon, GA-based recruiters, led the assignment. “We are pleased to welcome Ms. Steadman to Claflin’s fundraising team,” said Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton, vice president for institutional advancement at Claflin. “Her primary responsibility will

Heidrick & Struggles to Acquire Amrop Denmark

Heidrick & Struggles to Acquire Amrop Denmark, Creating Market Leader Position

Acquisitions continue to make news within the executive search industry. Among them, Heidrick & Struggles recently entered into an agreement to acquire Amrop Denmark. The deal is estimated at $8.4 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The acquisition is expected to close Dec. 31. All five Amrop Denmark partners are expected to

DHR International Places Chief Marketing Officer at IHOP

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. In one example of this growing

Koya places David McDermott executive director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Koya Leadership Partners Taps Executive Director for Hubbard Street Dance

Executive recruitment firm Koya Leadership Partners has helped place the new executive director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. David McDermott, who currently serves as first deputy commissioner for Chicago’s cultural affairs and special events department, joins the professional dance company effective October 16. Anne McCarthy, principal – executive search, and Alison Ranney, managing director who heads

Brenda Gumbs joins Centennial Inc. executive strategist

Former People and Culture Leader Joins Centennial in Strategist Role

Brenda Gumbs, former executive vice president of people and culture of Perfetti Van Melle, has joined Cincinnati-based executive recruitment firm Centennial Inc. as executive strategist. Ms. Gumbs has been a human resource practitioner for 30 years, chiefly as a senior executive. Her primary responsibilities have included building the capability of the organization, participating in strategic planning, partnering with

Gibson Consultants Merges with Enterprise Recruiters

Search firms continue to join forces. The latest: Gibson Consultants, a recruiter that serves healthcare payers and digital health companies, has merged with its affiliate, Enterprise Recruiters, a recruiting firm also focused on digital health companies. The combined company, which will keep the Gibson Consultants name, has also opened an additional office in Wilmington, NC. Both

Pedersen & Partners Names Country Manager for Canada

Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has appointed Keith Labbett as a client partner and the country manager for Canada. He will be based in Toronto. Opened in 2008, the Canadian office of Pedersen & Partners provides talent solutions and senior management placements for the local market. The team largely focuses on the industrial and technology sectors, particularly the

Human Capital Report Sheds New Light on Worker Potential, Income Inequality

Nations around the world are fostering inequality by failing to develop people’s talents, according to the World Economic Forum’s recently released ‘Human Capital Report 2017.’ A lack of opportunities and access to quality work, the report said, is hindering both individuals and entire countries. “Efforts to fully realize people’s economic potential – in countries at

The Chason Group Tapped by Augusta Economic Development Authority

Executive search firm Chason Group has been selected by the Augusta Economic Development Authority (AEDA) to lead the search for its next president. Tim Chason, the recruiter’s president, is spearheading the assignment. Walter Sprouse, who has led the authority since 2003, recently announced that he is stepping down effective Dec. 31. The president is considered the CEO

D. Hilton Associates Leading CEO Search for Chevron Federal Credit Union

These are critical days for credit unions. The U.S. has nearly 6,000 of them, with more than $1.2 trillion in assets, according to the National Credit Union Administration. But with the steady retirement of Baby Boomers, among other factors, the cooperatives are facing the loss of more than 4,000 chief executive officers and senior managers

Caldwell Partners Chris Beck Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Caldwell Partners Names Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Search firms have seen a number of top leadership appointments since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. Among them, executive search firm Caldwell Partners International recently named Chris Beck as chief operating and financial officer. “Chris is a collaborative and energetic leader with the vision to grow our organization, ensure

Hanning Recruitment Opens in UK Focus on Real Estate

Hanning Recruitment Opens to Focus on Real Estate

A new executive recruitment firm, Hanning Recruitment, has been launched in the U.K. It is headed by Toby Speke and backed by Rory Penn and Thomas van Straubenzee of the London agency VanHan. Mr. Speke previously worked for VanHan as well as global real estate firm Knight Frank. Headquartered in Mayfair, Hanning Recruitment will focus

Workers Continue Taking Side Gigs to Bridge Pay Gap

Got a side gig? You’re not alone. According to new CareerBuilder research, nearly a third of workers (32 percent) do, compared to 29 percent last year. And more women than men have side work — 35 percent versus 28 percent. The national study, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder, surveyed a representative sample of 3,696 full-time workers across industries in

Korn Ferry Seeking New UVA Athletic Director

Athletic directors are playing an increasingly vital role at colleges and universities across the country. With the expansion of athletic departments and, for the larger schools, the infusion of big dollars for sports, more schools have turned to search firms when such positions become open. Too much is at stake, they feel, to go it

Morris & Berger Tapped by Operation Gratitude to Find New CEO

Morris & Berger, a recruitment firm that specializes in searches for non-profit organizations, has been enlisted to help find the new CEO for Operation Gratitude in Encino, CA. Operation Gratitude is a charitable care-package provider. Each year, the group puts together more than 200,000 customized care packages filled with an assortment of goods, including snacks, entertainment, hygiene, and

Jamie Waldron joined as partner SRiCheyenne

SRiCheyenne Launches West Coast Media & Entertainment Recruiting Operation

SRiCheyenne has experienced a wave of growth since its creation in January with the merger of the Cheyenne Group and SRi. Among recent changes, the firm announced that Jamie Waldron has joined as a partner and will launch West Coast media and entertainment executive search operations from Los Angeles. Mr. Waldron was previously president of Sucherman Group, a management consulting and executive

Dunleavy White opens office in Barcelona

Dunleavy White Opens in Barcelona

London-based executive search firm Dunleavy White has expanded with the addition of a new office in Barcelona. “The success of the travel and aviation companies based in the region over the past six months has meant that we have seen a significant increase in demand for senior-level talent,” said the firm’s digital partner Sarah Hanan. “Therefore, we see Barcelona

ExecThread Raises $6.5 Million

ExecThread Raises $6.5 Million to Grow Crowdsourced Jobs Platform

Investment dollars continue to pour into new technology designed to change the talent management game. ExecThread, a job-sharing network for executives and an aggregator of unpublished executive level job opportunities, has secured $6.5 million in an oversubscribed equity financing. It was led by venture capital investors Canaan Partners and Javelin Venture Partners, with participation from Corazon Capital,

Grace Point Partners and BraddockMatthews merge

Grace Point Partners and BraddockMatthews Join Forces

Asset management executive recruiters Grace Point Partners and BraddockMatthews have merged. The joint firm will continue to serve clients across traditional and alternative asset management, including hedge fund, private equity, endowment and foundation, and family office organizations. The firm will be known as BraddockMatthews and have offices in midtown Manhattan and Boston. Grace Point founder

Four Corners Group Finds CEO Arden Krystal Southlake Regional Health Centre

Four Corners Group Finds CEO for Southlake Regional Health Centre

Following an extensive Canada-wide search, executive recruiting firm Four Corners Group has placed Arden Krystal as president and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Ontario. Jim Stonehouse, a partner with the recruiter, led the search along with project manager Nevila Xherro. Southlake Regional Health’s board of directors said it was seeking to recruit an accomplished senior leader

Allegis Partners Alliance Directors Academy

Allegis Partners Forms Alliance With Directors Academy

Search firm Allegis Partners is partnering with the Directors Academy to enhance its NextGen Directors Program, a peer-to-peer learning environment offering educational classes and networking opportunities. It is designed to accelerate the development and placement of next-generation board directors. The NextGen Directors Program also aims to accelerate shareholder value creation by building a pipeline of

Acertitude Expands Search Team

Acertitude has expanded with the addition of former PeopleMatter CEO Nate DaPore as managing director. In his new role, Mr. DaPore partners with businesses to recruit board members, CEOs and senior business leaders across private equity, technology and health care. Mr. DaPore brings over 20 years of experience as a private equity investor and operating partner, software

Job Security Climbs, But Worker Confidence Takes a Dip

Despite an uptick in the American labor force’s sense of job stability, the Worker Confidence Index dropped “significantly” by 7.9 percent for the second quarter of this year, according to a quarterly report by HRO Today magazine and Yoh Recruitment Process Outsourcing. The index dipped from 107.6 for the first quarter to 99.7. The decline

CarterBaldwin Seeks CEO for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

The board of directors search committee of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has announced its selection of CarterBaldwin Executive Search to assist in the identification, evaluation and transition of its next CEO. Current CEO Jack Reasor will retire at the end of the year, closing out a 19-year tenure. Chris Guiney, partner and head of

Haydee Ortiz Olinger joins BarkerGilmore

Former McDonalds’s Chief Compliance Officer Joins BarkerGilmore

Haydee Ortiz Olinger, who most recently served as global chief compliance officer for McDonald’s, has joined the advisory and coaching division of BarkerGilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search firm specializing in building corporate legal and compliance teams. Ms. Olinger joins BarkerGilmore’s team of former Fortune 500 general counsel and chief compliance officers who provide strategic

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Kennedy Strengthens Presence in Norway

Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting, a network of independent executive search firms, has partnered with Human Assets Consulting Group AS in Oslo, Norway to bolster its presence in Northern Europe. Human Assets Consulting is a boutique executive search firm founded in 2015 by Petter Berg, Truls Mo and Haakon Heskja. Mr. Berg, who started in

TwentyPine Jamie Coakley CEO

Boutique Search Firm TwentyPine Names CEO

Search firms have seen a number of top leadership appointments since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Sales-focused executive recruitment provider TwentyPine has promoted Jamie Coakley to CEO. In tandem with this appointment, Max Maeder, founder and former CEO, will move to an industry advisory role as president to

Over-Automated Recruitment Process Is Leaving Job Candidates Frustrated

Eighty two percent of potential employees are often frustrated with an overly automated job search experience, according to a new study by Randstad US. The survey, which examined job seekers’ perceptions, attitudes and expectations of the job search process, revealed that while most candidates find value in technology, they are stymied when it supersedes the human aspect

Vetted Solutions Seeks New Leader for the Society for Imaging Informatics In Medicine

Executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has been selected by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) in Leesburg, VA, to lead its search for a new executive director. Vetted Solutions president and founder Jim Zaniello and vice president Nancy Green are spearheading the assignment. The new executive director, the recruiter said, is expected to work with

Spelman Johnson Lands Chief of Police for University of Chicago

The University of Chicago has named veteran police chief Kenton W. Rainey as chief of police after a national search by recruiting firm Spelman Johnson. Vice president Mark A. Hall led the assignment. The role called for a range of skill-sets, including planning, organizing, directing and administering the policing initiatives of the campus community and extended patrol

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