AGB Search seeks CHRO for Gonzaga University

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February 25, 2022 – A number of universities have turned to search firms to find new human resources directors. Washington, DC-based AGB Search, specializing in higher education leadership assignments, was recently called upon by Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA to lead its search for a new CHRO. Executive Search Consultants Alan Christ and Jean-Kim lead the mission. The research firm seeks a dynamic and creative human resources strategist to serve as a strategic partner in realizing Gonzaga’s aspiration to be first in class in all administrative areas as a national, Catholic, Jesuit and humanist. The new CHRO will oversee a department of over 22 people, including the areas of Benefits and Wellness, Client Services, HR Data and Systems, and Organizational Development, with an operating budget of 35,000. $9 million, of which $34 million represents the university’s core benefits. budget.

The new leader will value diversity, equity and inclusion, establish a culture of respect and engagement, and promote effective employee services, initiatives and programs that foster an inclusive learning and work environment and fair. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources administration. They must also have 10 years of related supervisory/management experience. Candidates should also have excellent strategic planning and operational management skills with the ability to translate vision and strategy into clear and achievable goals. The ability to appropriately adapt HR functional areas to achieve the organization’s strategic objectives and adapt talent to the pace of technological advancements is also desired. In addition, Gonzaga seeks candidates with basic and in-depth knowledge of all functional and technical areas of human resources, including the use of enterprise-wide technology platforms as tools for implementing processes and strategic priorities.

AGB Search was also recently called in by Gonzaga to conduct its search for a new provost. The company is seeking an experienced senior academic administrator who demonstrates an unqualified commitment to fostering, promoting, enhancing and maintaining the university’s Jesuit, Catholic and humanist identity as expressed in its mission, vision and its strategic plan. Kim Bobby and Garry Owen lead the mission for AGB Search.

Gonzaga University is a private Jesuit university. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Founded in 1887 by Joseph Cataldo, an Italian-born priest and Jesuit missionary, the university is named after the young Jesuit saint Aloysius Gonzaga. The university grants bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through its college and six schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Education, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Law, the School of Nursing and Human Physiology. , and the School of Leadership Studies.

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AGB Search searches for college and university presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice presidents, deans, university system heads, and CEOs of coordinating councils and related foundations. The firm was founded by the Association of Universities and Colleges Governing Boards (AGB) in 2010.


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Dr. Crist is Director and Principal Consultant for AGB Search/CUPA-HR Compensation Evaluation Service (CES), a partnership between AGB Search and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The organization provides benchmarking of executive compensation. Dr. Crist joined AGB Search in 2015. He is also Senior Associate Vice President Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin System.

Dr. Kim joined AGB Search in 2017 after a 37-year career in higher education administration, particularly in student affairs and enrollment management, at private and public universities. Dr. Kim has served as Vice President, Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost at two private institutions – the University of Hartford and the University of Puget Sound – and five public institutions – the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Idaho and SUNY Purchase College. She has also worked as Assistant Dean and Principal at Stanford University and Western New England College. Having served as a senior executive and member of leadership cabinets at both private and public universities, Dr. Kim has extensive experience in leadership search processes: serving as a recruiting officer, chair of search committees, and participating in presidential searches. and other cabinet members.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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