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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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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.


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  • Stevens Institute of Technology - University Registrar

    Stevens Institute of Technology invites nominations and applications for the position of University Registrar. Stevens seeks a visionary and innovative leader with a strong ability to build facilitative and supportive relationships throughout the University community. For a talented, opportunistic, and energetic leader, this is an impactful position in which to grow professionally and help lead Stevens to heightened levels of productivity within the Office of the Registrar.

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  • Athletics Director

    Sweet Briar College invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for an experienced, innovative, committed, and collaborative professional to serve as the next Athletics Director. This is a unique opportunity for a high-energy professional with a shared leadership approach to maximize the talents of a high functioning team in creating vibrant and engaging programs, activities, and student support within Athletics. 

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  • Director of the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life

    San Diego State University seeks a dynamic, innovative, and strategic leader to serve as the next Director of the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life. San Diego State University (SDSU) is the flagship research institution of the 23-campus California State University system and one of the top 68 public universities in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report and is designated as a Minority-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution.

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  • Associate Vice President for Career Development and Student Success

    Mount Holyoke College seeks candidates for the associate vice president for career development and student success role who are motivated by working in a student-centered environment where a deep and abiding care for students is a paramount value.

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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.