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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 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.


Current Searches


  • Director of Financial Aid

    Williams College announces a national search for their next Director of Financial Aid. Applications and nominations are invited.  

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  • Director of Admission

    Reed College is seeking a dynamic Director of Admission to join the institution. Identified by Loren Pope as a College that Changes Lives, the Reed education is transformative. As an institution that has long eschewed college rankings, the director will be part of a team creating practices that illustrate the most authentic education this country has to offer.

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  • Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs

    Augusta University, a public research university and medical center, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs is the chief recruitment and student services officer of the University.

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  • Director of Financial Aid

    The University of San Francisco seeks inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Director of Financial Aid.  Reporting to the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Financial Services, the Director of Financial Aid (DFA) is the chief financial aid officer of the University for graduate, undergraduate, and online programs.

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We spend time understanding and listening to the institution’s needs for each position, and are confident in finding the right applicants.

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Our Approach to the Search

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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with the talent and experience to smoothly transition into new leadership positions.

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