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Meet Our Team: Robert Head

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 Benedictine University, Dr. Head first worked with Cheryl Hyatt and the TCR Group to assist the organization’s fundraising efforts. Impressed with Hyatt’s team at TCR, Dr. Head retained them to help with fundraising efforts again during his years at Urbana University. Once he retired from higher education, Dr. Head was invited to join Hyatt-Fennell and lend his expertise to the firm’s executive search and organizational-fundraising services.

“I believe Hyatt-Fennell’s personal approach is what helps us stand out,” says Dr. Head. “As a specialized firm, our clients often deal directly with our principals. This means they receive hands-on assistance from longtime experts who truly understand their needs, and who are dedicated to helping institutions find the right people who suit not just their business needs, but also fit their organization’s culture and values.”

When it comes to matching talent with opportunities, Dr. Head finds a strong correlation between a person’s past achievements and their future success. “Often, an organization is looking for someone with a very specific skillset,” says Dr. Head. “Being able to hone in on those traits during an interview is key, but I also look critically at what that person has achieved. Do their previous accomplishments match their next institution’s goals? If so, that’s when we really know that we’ve found the right fit.”