Historically Black University College and University Leader Steps Down as One of the Longest Serving HBCU Presidents in the U.S. – On behalf of the Anthem Executive team, congratulations to Dr. Andrew Hugine for becoming one of the longest-serving Historically Black College & University (HBCU) presidents in the country. It was our team members’ pleasure to be a part of the recruiting efforts for your placement. We wish you the best in retirement.

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (Alabama A&M) is a public Historically Black Land-Grant University. Founded in 1875, AAMU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and SchoolsAlabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Historic District, also known as Normal Hill College Historic District, and four structures listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places. Link to Announcement: https://www.al.com/news/2020/12/alabama-am-president-andrew-hugine-announces-retirement-oversaw-record-growth.html?outputType=amp


The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Hires Anthem Executive for Nationwide Presidential Search – The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has named the two committees to conduct a national search for the next president of Clayton State University.

The Georgia Board of Regents oversees the University System of Georgia, the sixth largest university system in the United States by total student enrollment, with 333,507 students in 26 public institutions. Clayton State University is a public university in Morrow, Georgia. It serves the Metro Atlanta and is a selective Senior Unit of the University System of Georgia.  Link to Announcement: https://www.usg.edu/news/release/clayton_state_presidential_search_committees_named


Anthem Executive Seeking CEO for Jewish Federation – Executive recruitment firm Anthem Executive has been enlisted to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (JFGLA). Leading the assignment are co-founders and consultants Michael Ballew, Scott Watson, Mike J.R. Wheless, and senior client service partner Florene Stawowy.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, founded in 1911, serves the second largest Jewish population in the U.S., and the third in the world. JFGLA has grown into one of the most influential and impactful Jewish organizations in the country.  The organization convenes and leads the community and leverages its resources to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community, all with its local, national and international partners.


Anand Eswaran, former Head of Global Enterprise Business Services of Microsoft, joins RingCentral Inc. – The Anthem Executive team members who supported Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) in the global executive search for its Corporate Vice President for Global Enterprise Business Services want to congratulate Anand Eswaran, former Head of Global Enterprise Business Services of Microsoft, as he joins RingCentral Inc., (NYSE: RNG) as President and Chief Operating Officer. Congratulations to RingCentral Inc., and Anand!

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. RingCentral, Inc. is an American publicly traded provider of cloud-based communications and collaboration solutions for businesses. Link to Announcement: Anand Eswaran, Former Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Global Enterprise Business, Joins RingCentral as President and Chief Operating Officer


The University of Houston – Downtown names Dr. Loren Blanchard as Their Next President – Following a national search led by Anthem Executive’s higher education practice partners, The University of Texas – Downtown, has named Dr. Loren Blanchard as their 7th president.  The University of Houston – Downtown is part of the University of Texas system, led by of Chancellor Renu Khator.

Dr. Blanchard comes from the The California State University System, where he served as their Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Please click here to read more about this exciting announcement: https://news.uhd.edu/dr-loren-j-blanchard-named-sole-finalist-for-position-of-uhd-president/


Anthem Executive places the next CEO of the Texas Association of Business – Glenn Hamer – Following a nationwide search conducted by Anthem Executive, the Texas Association of Business has selected Glenn Hamer as their next CEO. Glenn has served as the president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 14 years and has focused on increasing Arizona’s competitive standing by advocating for major economic development packages that included reducing the corporate income tax and lowering the commercial property tax assessment ratio. He was also a major advocate of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the successor to NAFTA.  To read more about Glenn and this exciting time for the state of Texas, see this article from the Austin Business Journal:https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2021/02/02/glenn-hamer-texas-association-of-business.html


Watch the heartfelt message to the University of Michigan-Flint Community by Anthem Executive placed Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Sonja Feist-Pricehttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zGgYsszcYGQ



Sonja Feist-Price appointed University of Michigan-Flint Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs…  Following a nationwide search conducted by Anthem Executive, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved Sonja Feist-Price, a professor at the University of Kentucky, as the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint. She will begin her appointment on August 1, 2020.  https://news.umflint.edu/2020/06/25/sonja-feist-price-appointed-um-flint-provost-and-vice-chancellor-for-academic-affairs/  At UK, Sonja directed both the African American Studies and Research Institute and Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation Counseling in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education & Rehabilitation Counseling. A licensed psychologist, Feist-Price also is a certified rehabilitation counselor, licensed professional clinical counselor, and trained mediator.


The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents appoints Dr. Keith Whitfield as UNLV’s new president.  Dr. Whitfield becomes UNLV’s 11th permanent president and the first Black president in the university’s 63-year history.  Dr. Whitfield, previously served as the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs and a professor of psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit.  https://www.unlv.edu/news/release/nshe-board-regents-selects-new-unlv-president. Anthem Executive (under our old name, Wheless Search) conducted the nationwide search.


When Should You Recruit Again? How About Now? – If your institution has a critical leadership position open, your best chance of attracting top candidates might be while other campuses have suspended all hiring amid Covid-19.  Read the article by J.R. Wheless here: https://www.chronicle.com/article/When-Should-You-Recruit-Again-/249158/


Academic Hunger Games: HBCUs in Fight for Survival – This commentary in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education is authored by Dr. John M. Rudley, one of Anthem Executive’s subject matter experts.  John is a former Special Assistant to the U.S. Department of Education; a former interim President and Chancellor of the University of Houston System; and the Eleventh President of Texas Southern University, where he now serves as President Emeritus. Although it is encouraging to see historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) mentioned in national media because of President Trump’s recent Executive Order, the attention may be obscuring a bigger issue complicating these institutions’ survival… https://www.jbhe.com/2017/04/academic-hunger-games-hbcus-in-a-fight-for-survival/


President Search for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – A national search is underway for the next president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and we are leading this effort.


Anthem’s Ricardo Azziz, MD, Speaks to The Chronicle of Higher Education About States Looking at Consolidating their Public Colleges.  Does it work?  Read this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education to find out.  https://www.chronicle.com/article/more-states-are-looking-at-consolidating-their-public-colleges-does-it-work?cid=reg_wall_signup&bc_nonce=e2bjh6xf4ttrtrfi5duwve


Anthem Executive Places Kerry Murphy Healey as the inaugural President of the Center for Advancing the American Dream in Washington, D.C. – Following a national search Kerry Murphy Healey, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in higher education and public policy, will become the inaugural President of the Center for Advancing the American Dream in Washington, D.C., Milken Institute CEO Michael Klowden announced today. https://milkeninstitute.org/articles/kerry-murphy-healey-lead-center-advancing-american-dream   Now under construction in several historic buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the White House and the Treasury, the Center for Advancing the American Dream is part of the Milken Institute. With a planned opening in 2022, the Center will offer a broad array of programs, educational events, research initiatives, and physical and online exhibits, bolstered by an extensive multimedia collection. The Center will also include a vibrant conference venue.

The Center will focus on four pillars supporting the American Dream:

1) Education and the Educator
2) Public Health and Medical Research
3) Entrepreneurs and Innovation
4) Economic Freedom and Access to Capital

Congratulations to Kerry, the Center for Advancing the American Dream, and the Milken Institute.


New Leadership, NMSU Chancellor and President Praised for First Enrollment Increase Since 2010 – On September 26, 2019, New Mexico State University’s new leadership celebrated some encouraging figures on student enrollment. The university reported its first increase in overall enrollment since 2010 across its campuses in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County, Alamogordo, Carlsbad and Grants. https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/nmsu/2019/09/29/enrollment-increase-new-mexico-state-university/3776795002/


Texas A&M System Regents Name James Hurley as the next president of Tarleton State University – Following a nationwide search, led by our Anthem Executive team, The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has named Dr. James Hurley as sole finalist to be the 16th president of Tarleton State University. Hurley comes to Tarleton from Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tennessee, where he has served as president since 2017. Tusculum is the oldest university in the state, celebrating 225 years of education. Hurley begins his duties as president Sept. 1. https://www.tamus.edu/texas-am-university-system-regents-name-james-hurley-sole-finalist-for-president-of-tarleton-state-university/


Vanderbilt University Medical Center names Edward (Ted) Case, JD, Chief Compliance Officer – Ted comes from the University of Rochester Medical Center.  At VUMC, Case will oversee strategic review, planning, implementation and operations for all compliance-related matters involving the Medical Center’s clinical, research and academic enterprises, including the development and implementation of system-wide training and communications programs to ensure all employees and affiliated parties are educated about VUMC’s compliance program.  Congratulations to Anthem’s Mike “JR” Wheless who led this national search. https://news.vumc.org/2019/08/01/case-named-chief-compliance-officer-for-vumc/