The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites nominations, inquiries, and applications for a visionary and strategic leader with a proven commitment to financial and academic excellence and shared decision making to serve as its next Vice President, Business Affairs & Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Click here for a copy of the full prospectus: UNLV VP & CFO SP. The Vice President, Business Affairs and CFO reports to the President and provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for the following areas of responsibility – Administrative Services, Facilities Management, Financial Services, Financial Planning, Budget & Analysis, Planning, Construction and Real Estate, and Support services: Compliance, Communication, Change Management, Project Management.


Midwestern State University (MSU Texas) seeks a dynamic, effective and forward-thinking leader to serve as its 13th president. Leading the university in its second century, the next President will have an extraordinary opportunity to join the MSU Texas family. With the assistance of Anthem Executive, the Board of Regents and Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System invite nominations, inquiries and applications in its national search for this position of President at MSU Texas. Click here for a copy of the full prospectus: MSU President Search Prospectus . The President serves as the chief executive officer of MSU Texas and is responsible for the executive management of the university’s operations.  The President provides overall leadership in the planning and management of the academic, administrative, athletic, community outreach, research, fiscal, international, operational and auxiliary enterprise missions of MSU Texas.


New Mexico State University has engaged Anthem to conduct a national search for their next Executive Director of the office of Institutional Equity – Title IX and ADA. The Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) leads the university office charged with and ADA compliance (re: Title IX), safeguarding civil rights, fostering an accessible, and inclusive environment for NMSU students, faculty, staff, and community members, and building an awareness of these matters through compliance-related education, training, and communication. Primary responsibilities include providing oversight for NMSU’s compliance with Title VII, Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504. Reporting administratively to the Chief Audit Officer, and functionally to the Regent’s Audit and Risk Committee, the Executive Director serves as a leading voice on institutional equity matters and works collaboratively with key university partners.


Augusta University has engaged Anthem Executive to conduct a national search for its next visionary and strategic Dean, Dental College of Georgia. For a copy of the full prospectus: Augusta – Dental College of Georgia Search Prospectus. The Dean is responsible for the overall leadership, management, and direction of the Dental College, ensuring the highest quality education and research programs, as well as providing effective administration and fiscal management.


Western Oregon University has engaged Anthem Executive to lead the search for their next Provost and VP for Academic Affairs. The Provost will have a career-defining opportunity to elevate the university’s position as an accessible institution uniquely tailored to the needs of its diverse student body.  Working in partnership with the President, Western Oregon University’s next Provost will play a central role in defining the future of WOU as an innovative and responsive university known for student support and commitment to inclusivity. For a copy of the full prospectus, click WOU Provost Search Prospectus (F)


The University of California Merced has engaged Anthem Executive to lead the search for their next Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, & Economic Development.  Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the VCR is the lead research administrator, responsible for overseeing the campus research enterprise with responsibility for policy making; research support; compliance; and outreach and advocacy to government, industry, fledgling businesses, and other research enterprises. For a copy of the full prospectus, click UC MERCED VC Research


The University of Houston-Clear Lake seeks a visionary leader with a proven commitment to academic excellence and shared governance to serve as its next Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Anthem Executive is leading this search. The Provost serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University and works collaboratively with the President, Vice Presidents and Deans to further the academic mission of the institution. For a copy of the full prospectus, click UHCL Provost Search Prospectus


Anthem Executive is leading the search for the next President for the University of Houston-Clear Lake. For a copy of the full Search Prospectus including key responsibilities and requirements, click UHCL DRAFT President Search Prospectus For Distribution


Anthem Executive is leading the search for the next President for Western Oregon University. WOU is one of Oregon’s most affordable universities and is an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the only four-year, public university in Oregon to have achieved the designation. The next President will have a career-defining opportunity to elevate the university’s impact as an accessible institution uniquely tailored to the needs of its student body.  The President will not only play a central role in understanding what WOU is, but, more importantly, what WOU can be for generations to come. More information can be found at: President, Western Oregon University


Anthem Executive is leading the search for the next Vice President for Administration & Finance – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the University of Houston-Victoria. This position oversees budget planning and procurement, facilities construction and management, general accounting and other financial operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Business Services, Emergency Management, Small Business Development Center, and Center for Regional Collaboration.  More information can be found at: UHV VP for Administation & Finance/CFO


Anthem Executive is leading the search for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations (AVC) for The Texas A&M System. The AVC will report to the Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations and will manage the federal relations program of the Texas A&M University system, within the Office of Governmental Relations, in support of the academic, research and service priorities of the System and its academic institutions, health science center, and eight state agencies. More information can be found at: Associate VC, Federal Relations


Anthem Executive is leading the national search for the Associate Vice President of Sponsored Programs Administration and Executive Director of the Augusta University Research Institute (AURI) for Augusta University. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Research, the Associate Vice President will be responsible for providing leadership, support, and strategic direction for all Sponsored Programs Administration. More information can be found at: Associate VP, Augusta University.


Anthem Executive has been named to conduct a national search for the next Dean, College of Arts & Sciences for Texas Tech University. The Dean serves as the Chief Academic Officer responsible for executive management of the College of Arts & Sciences and its full range of programs and initiatives. The Dean will be responsible for providing transformative leadership, focus, and strategic vision to lead the College and develop innovative ways to enhance its service to the region, the state, and the world. More information can be found here: Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, TTU


Texas A&M University Kingsville has hired Anthem Executive to conduct a nationwide executive search for its Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Texas A&M University Kingsville is a part of the Texas A&M University System, one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation. Known as South Texas’ greatest university, Texas A&M University Kingsville invites nominations and applications for its Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CCO). The prospectus for the role can be found here: Texas A&M University Kingsville – Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Prospectus


Dropbox (NasdaqDBX) has selected Debbie Dunnam as the company’s Chief Sales Officer. Dropbox is the world’s first smart workspace that helps people and teams focus on the work that matters. Dropbox has more than 600 million registered users across 180 countries.  Debbie Dunnam was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of ServiceSource.  ServiceSource International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SREV) is a global outsourced go-to-market services provider that accelerates B2B digital sales and customer success transformation. It was the Anthem Executive team member’s pleasure to work on the recruiting assignment that led to Debbie becoming Microsoft Corporation’s first Global Digital Sales executive and head of Inside Sales. Congrats Debbie!


The Chancellor and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has retained Anthem Executive to lead a national search for the next President of Clayton State University. CSU offers employees professional opportunities and personal development in a diverse, inclusive environment. The campus is situated just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta on 214 beautiful acres. In just over 52 years, CSU has become one of Georgia’s premier public universities. For a copy of the Search Prospectus, please click here: Clayton President Search Prospectus


Wayne State University retains Anthem Executive to lead a national search for their Vice President for Finance and Business Operations and Treasurer.  WSU is a nationally recognized public, urban research university and is internationally known for its contributions to the sciences. It holds an R1 designation and enrolls more than 26.000 students, making it one of the 50 largest universities in the nation.  WSU also hosts a major medical school. For a copy of the Search Prospectus, please click here: Wayne State VP Finance, Business Operations & Treasurer Prospectus


DXC Technology Selects Accenture Executive as next CEO – Congratulations to former Accenture (NYSE: ACN) executive, Mr. Mike Salvino, for being selected as the next CEO of DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), the largest pure service technology company in the world with 170,000 employees globally. It has been the Anthem Executive team’s pleasure to partner with outgoing Chairman and CEO, Mike Lawrie, and the DXC Board of Directors with board director selection efforts and high-level executive search assignments. DXC Technology was founded in 2017 when the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) spun off its Enterprise Services business and merged it with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). At the time of its creation, DXC Technology had revenues of $25 billion, employed 170,000 people and operated in 70 countries. DXC Technology runs mission-critical systems with the latest technology innovations to deliver better business outcomes and new levels of performance, competitiveness and experiences for its customers. The company’s global scale, talent and innovation platforms serve 6,000 private and public-sector customers in 70 countries. DXC is a recognized leader in corporate responsibility, and ranked among the world’s best corporate citizens. DXC is a Fortune 500 company and represented in the S&P 500 Index. Accenture is a Fortune Global 500 company reporting revenues of $44.33 billion. An American-Irish multinational enterprise, Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, Accenture offers Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 514,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. Link to Announcement: DXC Technology Picks Former Accenture Executive As New CEO


Dean named for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. Texas A&M physician leader has been named dean of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. William Pieratt, DO, has been appointed dean and chief academic officer of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Cruces, following an extensive national search managed by Anthem Executive. Pieratt, an internist, is currently an associate dean at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, overseeing the Bryan-College Station clinical campus and more than 100 faculty and staff members. In addition to his dean duties at Texas A&M, Pieratt serves as interim chair of the Department of Primary Care & Population Health, as well as the medical director of the A&M Integrated Medicine (AIM) Program.


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


Blue Cross Blue Shield licensed health insurance company, Premera Blue Cross, hires a new executive. Anthem Executive team member’s Scott Watson and Mike JR Wheless worked on the assignment. We congratulate Martin Jung for being selected as the Chief Audit Officer of Premera Blue Cross.  Jung was formerly the Chief Risk Officer of  Univar Solutions, a global leader in specialty chemical and ingredient distribution. Prior to that he was a Principal of KPMG  where he led a high-growth professional services practice through excellence in delivery of risk management and audit services.

Premera Blue Cross provides health insurance and related services to approximately 2 million people.  Premera Blue Cross has operated in Washington since 1945, and in Alaska since 1957. Premera Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.


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/