WittKieffer is the largest executive search firm dedicated to organizations committed to improving the quality of life. We focus exclusively on identifying leadership in education, healthcare and non-profit organizations.
WittKieffer knows Fordham University well through the firm's partnership on 16 recruitments including the search for the Dean of the Graduate School of Education search concluding this spring; Dean,Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2020); Dean, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (2019); Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (2019); Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies (2016); Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer (2015); Dean, Graduate School of Education (2015); Dean, Law School (2015); and Dean, Graduate School of Social Service (2014).
The firm has a historic commitment to Catholic and Jesuit education, having supported over 150 searches in collaboration with Jesuit institutions in our history, including over 90 within the past decade. We are proud to have served 24 of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and
The WittKieffer Team Leads
A nationally renowned executive search professional and former WittKieffer managing partner, senior partner Robin Mamlet focuses her time on working with governing boards, senior leadership teams, and search committees in searches for presidents, provosts, vice presidents and deans for many of the firm’s most valued clients both in the US and around the world. Bringing over four decades of experience, Robin draws on her wisdom and proven expertise in engaging and attracting individuals who will thrive in a given institutional culture. She brings to her practice a deep understanding of the qualities required for effective leadership in today’s complex higher education environment, a stellar network of established and emerging leaders, the experience required to provide exceptional counsel to her clients, and a reputation for outstanding partnership and responsiveness throughout and beyond each search.
A national leader on access and diversity recruitment, Robin joined WittKieffer after 23 years in academic administration, most recently as dean of admission and financial aid at Stanford University. A writer and frequent speaker on education, career paths and talent development, Robin has been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Her book on college admission, which was published by Three Rivers Press of Random House, came out in 2011 and was updated in 2013. Robin is a multi-year recipient of WittKieffer’s Quality Award in recognition of her exceptional search work on behalf of the firm’s clients.
In addition to leading searches on behalf of Fordham, Robin's work for Jesuit colleges and universities includes searches on behalf of Boston College, Georgetown University, Le Moyne College, Loyola University New Orleans, Saint Louis University, and The University of Scranton.
Jean Dowdall brings 30 years of experience in higher education to her work supporting leading institutions in higher education. Following a faculty career, she began her administrative career as an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow, and then became a dean of arts and sciences (West Chester University, West Chester, PA), vice president (Arcadia University, Glenside, PA) and president (Simmons College, Boston, MA).
A search consultant since 1996, Jean has carried out more than 250 searches for executive leadership, including over 50 searches for presidents and chancellors. Based in South Jersey and San Francisco, Jean is retired, but continues to work selectively on a small number of searches that are of particular interest to her. She is the author of Searching for Higher Education Leadership: Advice for Candidates and Search Committees, and is a frequent columnist and speaker on executive search. She has written extensively for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Jean's work in Jesuit higher education has been extensive. She has supported presidential searches for Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University Maryland, Marquette University, Saint Joseph's University and The University of Scranton. She has also supported leadership searches at multiple levels at Boston College, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, John Carroll University, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola University New Orleans, Saint Joseph's University, Santa Clara University, The University of Scranton and the University of San Francisco.