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Penn State Presidential Search

Presidential Search Firm—Isaacson, Miller

Isaacson, Miller is an executive search firm founded in 1982 to recruit exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations. Over 60 percent of the firm’s work is in higher education, but their clients also include foundations, arts and cultural institutions, conservation and environmental defense organizations, research centers, academic medical centers, community-based organizations, and advocacy groups. Isaacson, Miller has offices in Boston, Washington, DC, and San Francisco, and completes over 200 executive searches a year.

Nominate a Candidate

Please submit your confidential nominations and application inquiries to:

Provide Thoughts and Input

It is critical that Isaacson, Miller gain an understanding of the organization and the challenges facing the next President. Thoughtful insights and input from the Penn State community will be helpful as Isaacson, Miller develops a position profile and will help provide contextual information as they reach out to potential candidates. In particular, thoughtful input on the following categories of topics would be of particular interest:

  1. Objectives for the new President.

    What do you want the new President to accomplish? What are the desired outcomes for the role and for Penn State? How will you know in three to five years that the right person was hired? What will have happened?

  2. Qualifications and Experience.

    Based on the objectives identified, what do you think are the qualifications and experience of an ideal candidate? What is essential and what might be helpful?

  3. Personal Qualities.

    What are the personal attributes most important for the role?

  4. Source and candidate recommendations.

    Who should Isaacson, Miller contact in the outreach to identify candidates? Suggestions of candidates and suggested sources who might lead to strong candidates would be welcomed. Please submit your confidential thoughts and input to: