January 5, 2016 – Spencer Stuart has been selected by Emory University to lead its search for a new president. Current Emory president James W. Wagner has announced that he will step down from the presidency post at the end of August. He has led the school for more than a decade.
“Following consideration of several highly respected search firms, the committee has selected Spencer Stuart as its executive search partner,” said John Morgan, chair of the Emory University board of trustees, in a recent statement. Spencer Stuart is no stranger to Emory, having consulted with the university on numerous executive searches over the past several years.
Founded in 1836, Emory University is a research university in metropolitan Atlanta. It is the second-oldest private institution of higher education in Georgia and among the 50 oldest private universities in the U.S. It is 18th among the list of colleges and universities in the U.S. ranked by endowment, 21st among universities in the world by ranked by endowment, and 21st in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 National Universities Rankings.
During the past five years, Spencer Stuart has conducted nearly 250 senior-level searches for academic organizations, including assignments to identify presidents, chief financial officers, provosts, chief investment officers, deans and vice presidents, according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Michele Haertel leads the firm’s education, non-profit & government practice as well as the firm’s academia & research sector group. Ms. Haertel’s search efforts focus on leadership positions in research universities, liberal arts colleges, independent schools and non-profit organizations.
This past fall, Spencer Stuart placed Brian W. Casey as the 17th president of Colgate University. He currently serves as the president of DePauw University. In December, the firm also recruited Ronald D. Liebowitz as the ninth president of Brandeis University.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media