Category Archives: Business School Dean search
You may have tried to complete a key hire in the past only to find after 18 months or so that the wrong person was hired for a critically important role. When a high profile search goes off track people start running for the exits—but, by then it is way too late!
We published our first edition of NEWS FROM…KULPER & COMPANY today
We hope you will enjoy reading it and look forward to your feedback.
Attracting the right senior level leadership is the most important and challenging task for your organization…
Are you taking the right approach?
• Are you feeling frustrated by the results of your current hiring efforts?
• Are some of the best people being attracted by your toughest competitors?
• Have you tried to develop a relationship with a reputable search firm?
What works and what doesn’t work is always the acid test for any task.
Why waste time pursuing aims with the wrong tools or wrong methodologies?
Your question I think was—is KULPER & COMPANY doing anything innovative in the area of academic search—-because you haven’t seen much in the way of innovation as it applies to academic search—I think that was the gist of your comment….right?
Our firm is one of the best in providing executive search consulting for academic and corporate search hiring needs. Because we are frequently asked about our Academic Search experience I thought it would be helpful to discuss it in my blog.
We focus on attracting transformational leaders who can step into Provost, VPAA, Dean and VP positions at leading research universities and drive growth and development. We are very experienced in completing Business & Engineering Dean, VP Research, Sponsored Grants Administration and senior faculty/chaired professorship searches.
Our corporate clients benefit from our academic search experience in that we are often able to connect them with top research university principal investigators to help with their product innovation initiatives.
As many executives know, hiring is always a challenging matter for organizations. Getting the” right people on the bus”, to quote Good to Great, author Jim Collins, is job #1 for any CEO, University president or EVP seeking to grow, develop and bring long-lasting transformational change to their organizations.
Since the beginning of September, our phone has been ringing from clients and prospects wishing to explore engaging our firm to help them attract the right leaders for their organizations. We think this development is worth sharing with readers of our blog and friends of KULPER & COMPANY because our business tends to be a leading economic indicator for the broader economy.
When search firms are particularly active it means that companies and universities are serious about stimulating their growth and development by attracting new leadership talent for key positions. Often this does not mean simply replacing an existing leader due to retirement or for other reasons; rather it is because the organization wants to expand and grow in a sustainable manner. The positions we are asked to assist in filling are often completely new jobs… perhaps the truest indicator of an expanding economy if there is one since increasing organization headcount involves such a long-term expense.
Smart board members and trustees like to have an executive search firm involved because it helps to expand the reach of the hiring effort; so do the best presidents, CEOs and EVPs. Use of their executive/administrative network to fill key positions, while convenient and seemingly cost effective, can be less than optimal since the candidate pool may exclude too many potential “A” level candidates since if candidate outreach is limited, it stands to reason that fewer “A” level candidates will become aware of the opportunity. A professional, comprehensive approach not only increases the odds of hiring success but also provides invaluable market intelligence resulting from a thorough review of the candidate channel.
Effective executive search consulting involves a comprehensive approach that broadcasts and markets the hiring need in a compelling and professional manner to “A” level candidates who potentially will be perfect for the role.
As the third quarter economic results are reported in the weeks ahead we believe that the numbers will reflect a solid uptick in growth and point to continued economic expansion. What is more important to your organization…a quick solution that might be less than satisfactory or a great hiring match that will likely result in helping achieve the long-term growth and development objectives of your organization?
Harvey Kahalas, Ph.D., Dean, Stuart School of Business,
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
Over the past 10 years we have successfully conducted and completed a number of Business School Dean searches for large and medium sized universities around the country. There are several key indicators to weigh when selecting the right new Dean.