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American Council on Education 97th Annual Meeting


CONTACTS: Cheryl Hyatt



{Pittsburgh, PA, March 6, 2015} Cheryl Hyatt, Partner, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search and Jennifer Muller, Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Academic Keys are partnering to deliver a presentation at the American Council on Education’s (ACE) 97th Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held March 14 -17, 2015 at the Washington Hilton, Washington DC. http://www.aceannualmeeting.org/conference_schedule.cfm

Cheryl and Jennifer will be presenting on the focus topic: What every University president should know before, during and after the search process. Their presentation is scheduled for Sunday, March 15th at 4:15 PM and is open to all attendees.

According to studies done by ACE, from 2007 – 2011, nearly 80% of presidential searches were conducted by executive search firms with 61% of presidents getting written contracts. The majority of presidents sought counsel citing colleagues or family as their advisers. Nearly 30% sought no advice. This presentation will highlight the benefits and value of using the right search firm to assist you in the process.

These are the expected outcomes:

  • Educating prospective presidents on what to expect throughout a search process.

  • What is the best way to interact with a search firm?

  • How to get the most out of a search firm.

  • How to use a search firm to your advantage.

  • How you can help the search firm help you.

  • The importance of advisers. What qualifies someone to be an adviser? How many advisers you should have and why.

  • The questions you should ask the institution so you do not experience any surprises once you start in your new role.

  • What you asked.

  • What you wish you asked.

  • What you thought you needed to know vs. what you really needed to know.

If you are attending the ACE Annual Meeting, please make sure to join this session for valuable insights into the benefits of using an executive search firm.

About Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search LLC

Hyatt-Fennell brings over 60 years of combined highly successful executive search expertise to its clients, a reputation for achieving results on the national and international level, and the ability to place top executives with higher educational institutions nationwide. Hyatt-Fennell works closely and diligently with every client to enhance the process and assure a successful search. To learn more, visit: http://www.hyattfennell.com/

About Academic Keys

Academic Keys has been a leader in higher education recruiting since 2002 boasting a candidate database of nearly one million candidates and serving colleges and institutions worldwide. Over 2500 colleges and universities utilize Academic Keys to find and attract high quality candidates. Founded by current and former senior faculty and administrators, Academic Keys’ reputation is built around a quality international candidate database, an expansive higher education network, superior service, and keen understanding of the higher education landscape. To learn more, visit: http://www.academickeys.com/