Our Mission:To assist search clients in the process and attract candidates who are the perfect fit for each institution. Hyatt-Fennell works closely and diligently with every client to enhance the process and assure a successful search.
Dr. Robert L. Head has more than 40 years of experience in executive and organizational leadership, including more than 20 years spent in higher education administration. He is the President Emeritus of Rockford University. Previously, Dr. Head served as the president of Urbana University before serving as president of Rockford University. Dr. Head began his career in finance before transitioning to higher education. During his early years in higher ed administration at Bened
Finding a new job is a team sport. You will not secure an excellent position on your own. When faced with a job change, it can be easy to start with tasks and forget about people. It’s understandable: there’s a lot to do! While updating your résumé and crafting cover letters are essential, your job search should begin and end with people. We have four tips to help you find, leverage, and appreciate your cheerleaders. Spread the word. Let your network know you are looking for
As the academic year begins to wind down, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the successes of the year behind and plan for the successes of the year ahead. Success begins with your team. To have the right outcomes, you need the right people. What are they key roles you need to fill in the coming year? Before summer vacation scatters your leadership team, schedule a time to talk with us at Hyatt-Fennell. We can discuss the opportunities ahead and lend our expertise to your hi
On this holiday weekend, we extend our warmest wishes for time filled with family, laughter, and rest. In this season of growth and rebirth, we are excited about the many new initiatives blossoming at colleges and universities across the country. We look forward to partnering with you in the future!
Almost half of Americans are unhappy at work, according to the Conference Board’s latest Job Satisfaction Survey. If you’re among them, perhaps it’s time to act. Whether you’ve been at the same job for years or you’re fairly new and are unsure of your direction, consider doing some spring cleaning with your career. Take some time for reflection and identify tasks or roles that should be swept away, says Cheryl Hyatt, partner at Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search. Read More Here
If you aspire to be a college president in the future, there are things you should be putting in place now. While each college or university has its own required qualifications, there are a number of traits that transcend institutions. Here are four traits every college president must have: Practice people skills. Here’s the hard truth: soft skills matter. Leaders—including academic leaders—lead people. Social and communication skills are central to becoming a strong leader a
A screening committee is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of an organization. It is also a significant amount of work. If you’ve been asked to chair a screening committee, how can you keep the process—and people—moving to a successful selection? We have four guidelines to keep in mind: Understand your scope. Review any information given to you by the college or previous screening committees. Many schools have established protocol in place. In order to be successful
One of the privileges of longevity in the field is having wisdom to share with others. Being a mentor can be an incredibly meaningful experience for both the mentee and mentor. We have a handful of tips for encouraging the next generation of leaders in your organization and beyond. Reflect on your career. Think back over how you’ve developed—and who helped you get there. What things do you wish you’d known sooner in your career? What practices have been most helpful? Make you
Enrollment management is an ongoing imperative for any institution. In order to avoid student-body atrophy and achieve growth, it is vital that you maintain diligent focus on enrollment at your school. Hyatt-Fennell’s own Dr. Marylouise Fennell and Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Virginia Wesleyan University, point out the predicament that too often befalls colleges after a successful recruitment year: There’s something missing, however: what you’re supposed to be doing nex
Maria de la Cámara, Ph.D., is a Senior Consultant at Hyatt-Fennell, specializing in searches for executive positions at private colleges and universities. Opportunity and adaptability have been recurring themes throughout Dr. de la Cámara’s career in higher education, with a special focus on expanding and creating new academic programs that fulfilled the needs of her growing and changing student populations. As such, she believes one key factor in a successful executive searc