ERIC Number: EJ857128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
Executive Searches and the Use of Consultants
Atwell, Robert H.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v41 n4 p46-47 Jul-Aug 2009
Formerly, search consultants were used in higher education at only a small number of institutions--and even there, only when recruiting presidents. But over the years, the industry has grown to the point that many large and small firms now compete for higher education searches, including ones for administrators and even some for endowed faculty, at a wide range of institutions. Why has this been such a growth industry? The author thinks it is because colleges and universities do not do much succession planning in the top ranks of administration. Due diligence is the hardest but may be the most important part of the search firm's work, and the author has seen some instances where the consultants did an inadequate job of it. The author has seen presidencies fail because candidates' weaknesses were not revealed during the search process or when the fit between the president and the institution was bad, unnecessarily sullying the reputation of both parties. In this article, the author offers several tips for institutions before they retain a search consultant.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Consultants, Administrators, College Faculty, College Presidents, Search Committees (Personnel)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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