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1/26/2017 - Jackson, Miss.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has engaged the executive search firm of Witt/Kieffer to assist the Board with the Jackson State University presidential search. Witt/Kieffer is a preeminent executive search firm, specializing in the recruitment of leaders for organizations in healthcare, higher education, academic medicine, life sciences, and the not-for-profit industries.

"We are pleased to engage Witt/Kieffer to assist the Board with the search for the next president of Jackson State University," said Trustee C.D. Smith, Chair of the Board Search Committee. "They have decades of experience in recruiting top leaders and will help us as we seek the best person to lead Jackson State University."

The firm has more than 45 years of experience in recruiting C-suite leadership in some of the nation's most prestigious colleges, universities, academic medical centers, and hospitals and health systems. With corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., the firm has locations across the United States.

"Presidential recruitments require candidates who possess a balance of the leadership competence needed to address challenges facing higher education; a deep understanding of academic trends and strategic opportunities for long-term sustainability; and a pedigree and value-system that is aligned with the goals, objectives, and values of JSU," said Witt/Kieffer Senior Partner Oliver Tomlin. "Our outreach and engagement tactics will ensure that the widest net is cast for outstanding leaders in a new era of higher education."

Nominations may be made electronically via email to the consultants at JSUPresident@wittkieffer.com or mailed to:
    Jackson State University
    c/o Witt/Kieffer
    Attention: Oliver B. Tomlin, III
    7201 Wisconsin Avenue
    Suite 775
    Bethesda, MD 20814

For more information and to track progress on the presidential search, visit the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning's Web site at www.mississippi.edu and through Twitter @MSPublicUniv and @JSU_Search.


The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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