June 19, 2014 – Executive recruiter Witt/Kieffer has recruited Amy Backus as the athletic director at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). The search, led by Gregory R. Santore, principal and leader of the firm’s sports leadership practice, produced an effective selection process that included more than 80 qualified candidates identified by Witt/Kieffer. Ms. Backus is currently the senior associate athletic director at Yale University, and brings 25 years of experience as a basketball coach along with 10 years in athletic administration to CWRU. “We are proud to have successfully brought Amy Backus to CWRU in a pivotal role as the first permanent female athletic director at the university,” said Mr. Santore. “Witt/Kieffer is committed to establishing the best candidates, and has extensive experience identifying exceptional, strong leaders for higher education and sports.” Witt/Kieffer assists hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, medical schools and physician groups; biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device companies; colleges and universities and not-for-profit community service and cultural organizations with senior administrative recruiting assignments.