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    William Spelman Executive Search connects the best people with higher education positions through focused recruitment and selection.

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    We’ve learned a great deal about how the job candidate—you—can best present yourself. By offering this guide to you, we’ll share our collective experience and help you put your best foot forward as an applicant for positions that seek your skills and experience.

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    Partnering with William Spelman Executive Search sets the stage for finding candidates with the talent and experience that match the client’s needs, campus culture and staffing requirements.

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We are the Executive Search Firm of Choice.

William Spelman Executive Search (WSES) is a retained executive search firm specializing in identifying and recruiting highly qualified and diverse candidates for executive positions in higher education. Our searches are rooted in the close partnerships we form with our clients, with whom we share a commitment to finding the best and brightest to carry out the important work of educating the world’s future leaders.


Current Searches


  • Executive Director of Admissions

    The Simon Business School at the University of Rochester invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Executive Director of Admissions. Reporting to the Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions and Programs, the Executive Director manages a team of 18 full-time staff, and 5-10 seasonal, time as reported/part-time staff who work together to meet the strategic goals and objectives of the department. 

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  • Registrar

    Dartmouth seeks an experienced, committed, and collaborative professional to serve as the next Registrar. The Registrar maintains the highest standard of accuracy, security and privacy of student records, and keeps abreast of regulations and best practices in compliance with federal law, state law, and accreditation agencies.

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  • Executive Director of Financial Aid

    Cornell University announces a national search for their next Executive Director of Financial Aid, and invites applications and nominations.

    Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. 

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  • Registrar of the College

    Dartmouth College, a nationally recognized Ivy League research institution with a rich history in student success, academic excellence, and innovation seeks applications and nominations for the position of Registrar of the College. 

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We are your advocates and our top priority is providing you with the best possible candidates for your institution. We assess each candidate's strengths and weakness through in-depth interviews and reference checks, then develop realistic projections of their effectiveness and ideal positions.

Clients and candidates alike express a deep appreciation for our approach to the search. We've developed a strong sense of loyalty among our clients in appreciation of our thorough assessments, and our fair, respectful treatment of candidates has helped us forge strong relationships with them as well. These relationships significantly improve our ability to provide you with applicants that will make excellent additions to your institution.

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We’ve learned a great deal about how the job candidate—you—can best present yourself. By offering this guide to you, we’ll share our collective experience and help you put your best foot forward as an applicant for positions that seek your skills and experience.