February 9, 2017 – The education sector continues to pump big fees into the coffers of executive search firms nationwide. Many academic recruiting specialists say business, in fact, has never been better. Even the smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels, and if there’s any slowdown coming its to be found at the talent identification stage. With so much activity, it seems, talent demand is far outstripping the supply.
Storbeck / Pimentel & Associates, one of the leading boutique providers in the leadership solutions space serving educational institutions, has a number of president searches underway concurrently: Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT; the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Pace University, both in New York City; and Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA.
The incoming president of Albertus Magnus will be expected to hold an advanced degree, preferably a terminal degree, and will serve as a strong proponent and promoter of the College’s Catholic identity, Dominican values, and the importance of a liberal arts education.
The ideal candidate will have an established track record of fundraising success or an interpersonal style that would suggest an alacrity for fundraising. The incoming president will be the school’s 14th, replacing Julia McNamara who has served in her role for 34 years.
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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
A passion for justice in all of its forms is ingrained in every aspect of life at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a national leader in research and dialogue around the social justice issues of our time. The incoming president will serve as the chief executive and administrative officer for the college, reporting to its chancellor.
Preferred qualifications for the position include an earned doctorate or professional equivalent; a demonstrated record of senior level management, preferably in a higher education setting or related area; and a deep and abiding commitment to academic freedom, shared governance, meaningful consultation and transparency. Managing partner Shelly Weiss Storbeck, and associates Pharen Bowman-Crooks and Anne Koellhoffer are assisting the search committee.
Pace is seeking a president who will lead the university into a new era of growth and momentum and build on the renewal and revitalization Pace has experienced in recent years. The chosen leader will be visionary and dynamic, bringing an exceptional record of leadership, a demonstrated aptitude as a leader in fundraising, and an energy and passion for the school’s mission and community.
The next resident of Pace will succeed president Stephen J. Friedman and will have the opportunity to build on the university’s growth, momentum, and sturdy platform established during his 12-year tenure. Ms. Weiss Storbeck is also leading this search along with senior associate Julia Patton.
Washington & Jefferson College
As the 11th oldest college in the U.S., Washington & Jefferson College seeks a president who is prepared by experience and temperament to work closely with the entire community to continue the college’s trajectory of excellence, to foster its unique learning atmosphere, and to lead the college to even greater academic distinction and financial growth.
The incoming president will provide visionary leadership and serve as an inspiring voice for that vision, while enhancing, the traditions and strengths of Washington & Jefferson.
As in some of these other leadership searches, this incoming leader will be the college’s chief fundraiser and will work with all constituencies to enrich its philanthropic culture. Partner Julie E. Tea and senior associate Julie Williams-Krishnan are assisting Washington & Jefferson with this search.
Education Search Leaders
Storbeck / Pimentel has an established history in recruiting top leadership for higher educational institutions. The firm has placed presidents at the University of Arizona, Swarthmore College, Pomona College, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Wyoming, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, among many others. It is minority and female owned and counts more than 25 consultants and support staff located in two main offices in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, with three affiliated offices in Vermont, Virginia and Florida.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media