September 2020
Academic Search has long been committed to enhancing presidential and executive effectiveness, capacity, and well-being through executive coaching. We have deepened our commitment by establishing a formal Executive Coaching Practice solely for college, university, and higher education association executives. Led by Practice Leader Steve Titus, Academic Search’s Executive Coaching Practice is based on a 6-Phase process that is practical, actionable, and relevant. Whether a seasoned president/executive, a new or first-time president/executive in transition, or a board wanting to invest in a new or seasoned president, Academic Search’s Executive Coaching Practice is the standard bearer for professional executive coaching in higher education. 
Our consultants have been busy cultivating the next generation of leaders! As the world has changed during recent months, many of our team have worked virtually with a variety of leadership programs:
Among those consultants who moved seamlessly, addressing shifting circumstances and the needs of participants, were Andrea Warren Hamos, Maya Ranchod Kirkhope, Shirley Robinson Pippins, Jay Lemons, Shawn Hartman, and Eric Richtmyer. In addition, Shirley led a session for the Executive Leadership Academy at UC Berkeley and Mahauganee Shaw presented to the 2020 cohort of New Leadership Academy Fellows, a partnership between the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good (National Forum) and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).
Mastering the Presidential Search Process (MPSP) 
Given the enthusiastic response to the initial offering of this joint venture between Academic Search and AALI in October 2019, a second workshop will be offered virtually on November 16-17, 2020. This is a fully-subscribed seminar, praised for the thoughtful mentoring that each participant receives from four Academic Search senior consultants who serve as members of the faculty. For individuals interested in this opportunity, registration is available for the next scheduled offering in March 2021.
In these turbulent and uncertain times, senior leaders are expected to be more adaptable than perhaps ever before and to have or develop new essential skills to address rapidly changing conditions during this pandemic and beyond. Leaders also need to have an even deeper awareness of systemic injustice, inequality, and privilege. As hiring authorities and search committees select new leaders through national searches or internal appointments, they must sharpen the lens through which they now evaluate candidates. Ginny Horvath, Senior Consultant, and Maya Kirkhope, Vice President for Consulting Services and Senior Consultant, identify how the following ten top leadership qualities and skills have been redefined for current and anticipated changes in higher education:
Financial Acuity Cultural Competency Technological Deftness Crisis Management Entrepreneurial Mindset Political Savviness Empathy and Respect Multi-genre Communication Skills High Emotional Intelligence Agility
Senior Consultant Tom Shandley recently returned from serving as the Dean of Student Affairs for the inaugural undergraduate class at Duke Kunshan University, a Chinese-American partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University that brings together students from 27 different countries. He worked with others to design a residential program, student conduct systems, student organizations, athletics and intramurals, and all relevant student affairs policies. We welcome him back to our Academic Search team!