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ADDITION THROUGH SUBTRACTION -  #2 in a series by Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Hyatt-

#2 in a series by Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search Building off my first article in this series, the metaphor for my ideas about mergers is a roadmap (“Any road will take you there if you don’t know where you are going.” --- attributed to Lewis Carroll). This article needs to begin with the guidelines for plotting the roadmap of your institution. The reality we are all facing is that budgets must be reduced to regaining stability at best but only surviving at worst. I understand the difficulties you face not knowing what will happen and when it will happen. But my thesis is that you can … you must … do two things simultaneously. You must reduce

How Personalized Learning is Flourishing the Digital Age

The President to President series brings together key leaders to share their insights. Each chapter of President to President is authored by a notable thought leader whose institution is at the forefront of innovative philosophies and practices that give their institution competitive advantage. Hyatt-Fennell’s own Marylouise Fennell, Ed.D., together with Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Virginia Wesleyan University, serve as the co-editors of the series. The eighth chapter of the 2019-2020 President to President thought leadership series is available online today. In “The Digital Transformation Age Means Personalized Learning for All,” Maryville University President Mark Lombardi, Ph.D., ex

PLANNING FOR 2020 … BUT WHAT ABOUT 2021 AND BEYOND? - FIRST in a series by Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D.,

First in a series by Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search College presidents and senior administrators are actively planning for the reopening of campuses for Fall, 2020. With the future still uncertain, some are already thinking that they may not be able to open until January, 2021. Questions/concerns abound: How will you achieve your 2020-21 enrollment goals? How will you retain your current students? How will you balance your budgets … 2019-20 and 2020-21? How will you deliver instruction in the post-Corona world? How will you keep your resident students safe? These questions and more are likely in the forefront of your ongoing discussions with Boar

Search Spotlight: Physical Therapy Program Director

The School of Health Sciences at Emory & Henry College is seeking an experienced and innovative leader to serve as the next Program Director and Department Chair for its CAPTE accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. This position opening is due to the upcoming retirement of the program’s founding Director and Chair. This is a full-time, 12-month tenure-track appointment with a preferred start date of Summer 2020. The Program Director will serve as the Chair for the Department of Physical Therapy and will be responsible for providing leadership and vision for the continued growth and success of the DPT program. The Program Director/Chair reports to the Vice President of Health Sc

Paths to the Future: Partnerships and Collaboration - #5 in a Series by Tom Kennedy, Hyatt-Fennell E

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller Gone are the days when our private colleges and universities, those with small endowments and tuition dependent, can afford to “go it alone.” We need to consider how we can reconfigure our operations to leverage and pool our unique resources with other mission-driven organizations. First, let’s consider “mission-driven” in the narrowest sense. Certainly, colleges that belong to the same religion and religious orders (Nazarenes, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, etc.) might be considered natural alliance candidates, but there have been few instances of maximizing their collaborative potential. Familial competition and protecti

Resilience Prevails: How to Hire and Keep Employees Who Perform Under Pressure

The coronavirus pandemic has upended industries across the globe. One of the realities it has brought into sharp focus is that resilience is among the most important qualities in the workplace. Strong and flexible employees make for enduring organizations. How can you find and foster resilience among your workforce? We have three areas to guide you in hiring employees who prevail under pressure: Screen. Identifying resilience should be a key part of your interview process. There are two aspects to establish. First, what is their mentality toward obstacles? Do they avoid them? Do they feel defeated by them? Or, do they meet them head on? Second, what is their approach toward obstacles? Are th

Happy Easter from the Team at Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought a renewed awareness of how important we all are to one another. Easter is a time to celebrate rebirth and new life. Our team at Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search extends our warmest wishes for fresh opportunities and new growth in the months to come.

Private Colleges: Anti-Entrepreneurial? - #4 in a Series by Tom Kennedy, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Sea

Series by Tom Kennedy, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search brings together many individuals with decades of valuable experience that gives them keen insight into the challenges faced by small colleges across the country. Our own Tom Kennedy has been sharing his insights through a series of posts (find them all here). In his latest exploration he considers colleges’ ability to innovate: “Higher Education is an environment where conformity and replication are accepted, expected, and rewarded. Thinking and, ultimately, acting contrary to these standards of thought and action can be detrimental to one’s professional career and will ultimately “wear down” the contrarian

Making Working from Home Work for You

Working from home has gone from an occasional luxury to a compulsory necessity. Adding to the complexity, many employees are working remotely while balancing the challenges of having school-aged children at home. As stay-at-home orders extend, it’s important to be intentional to implement patterns that will keep you sane and successful as you work from home. We’ve found four keys to a productive working from home strategy: Create a schedule and a space. The open-endedness of days and weeks at home can thwart productivity. Create rhythms that facilitate working. Define a specific space where you will check-in to work each morning and can set aside work in the evening. Plan a schedule with a s

Four Keys for Success For Managing Your Team Remotely

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has brought far-reaching implications to the workforce. Some businesses have closed for the foreseeable, while others try to reconfigure to having their employees work from home. As you grapple with the new reality that these days bring for your staff, here are four principles to help your team succeed: Communicate thoughtfully. There is a lot of information to disseminate about new policies and shifting protocols. Be aware of the frequency of your communication: if you send three memos on scheduling updates in one afternoon, people may begin to tune you out. There is key information to share, so be strategic in timing. It’s also key to be attuned to the tone

Matthew Whelan Named President of Caldwell University

The board of trustees of Caldwell University have announced that Matthew Whelan will serve as the next president of the Catholic Dominican University in Caldwell, NJ. A native of New Jersey, Dr. Whelan will become the ninth president of Caldwell on July 1, 2020. He has most recently served as Vice President for University Enrollment Strategy and Relationship Development at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. With more than 30 years in higher education leadership, Dr. Whelan has expansive experience leading administrative and faculty teams at Catholic and public higher education institutions including St. John’s University, Hofstra University, William Paterson University and Mercyhurs

Michael Pressimone Named President of Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College has announced that J. Michael Pressimone will become its 15th president on July 1, 2020. Dr. Pressimone brings a rich background in Catholic education to his new role at the helm of Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. Dr. Pressimone’s career in higher education spans more than three decades. He most recently served as president of Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, and has held leadership roles at Alvernia University in Reading, PA; Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC; and at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. With an extensive background and experience in fundraising, he successfully led the largest comprehensive campaign at Alvernia, surpassing $31

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