Wheless Partners Announces Dr. Robert Witt University of Alabama System Chancellor Emeritus Joins as Senior Advisor to the Higher Education Leadership Consulting Practice
Nearly half of all university presidents are over the age of 61 and are quickly approaching retirement age, this leaves a vacuum of developing and finding today’s and tomorrow’s leaders.
Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Al, October 10, 2016 — Wheless Partners an industry leader in executive search with globally recognized subject matter experts in strategy, assessment, executive selection, leadership development and executive coaching, is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Witt, University of Alabama System Chancellor Emeritus, is joining the firm in a consulting capacity as a Senior Advisor to the Higher Education Consulting practice.
“Given the numerous challenges higher education faces today, leadership for public colleges and universities has never been more imperative. Yet leadership development and succession planning in public higher education is lacking. Leadership development programs do not typically seek to assess, develop and improve leadership behaviors from the perspective of presidents or chancellors who have successfully performed this role in a systematic manner” said Mike Wheless, CEO of Wheless Partners.
Wheless went on to say, “We are honored that Dr. Witt selected our firm. Dr. Witt is currently on a sabbatical year working on Alabama Unites for Education and preparing for his Honors College faculty appointment effective Fall 2017. In his role as senior advisor he will assist our higher education industry practice in vital areas such as candidate selection and succession planning to help prepare new presidents to succeed in “Managing A 21st Century University.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as a Senior Advisor for Wheless Partners. I believe my over thirty years of experience as a dean, president and chancellor will enable me to contribute valuable insights to both search and consulting engagements” said Dr. Robert Witt.
Dr. Witt joins Wheless Partners after completing his tenure as Chancellor of The University of Alabama System. With a budget exceeding $5 billion and an annual economic impact of more than $8 billion, the UA System is composed of doctoral research universities in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville as well as the acclaimed UAB Health System.
During his nine years as president of The University of Alabama he developed the highly successful University Honors College, hired head football coach Nick Saban and dramatically increased enrollment. Under his leadership The University of Alabama was consistently ranked among the leading public flagship universities in terms of national merit scholars. Dr. Witt’s distinguished career in higher education includes service as a department chair, associate dean, dean, president and chancellor.
If you would like to contact Dr. Witt, please visit his profile here.
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