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International Executive Consulting Firm Assisting in Presidential Search

September 17, 2012

The search for the next president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is picking up pace this fall with the selection of the worldwide executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, Inc., to assist the Presidential Search Committee in finding a dynamic executive to lead the college and continue the positive trajectory of the institute's strategic plan.

             Bill Schindel
  William Schindel
Presidential Search Committee Chair

Rose-Hulman is searching for a permanent president. Matt Branam died suddenly this spring during his third year as his alma mater's 14th president. Robert Coons is serving as the interim president.

Heidrick & Struggles specializes in top-level leadership search assignments and has a focused practice in education and social enterprise. Leading the company's search effort for Rose-Hulman are Ellen Brown Landers, who leads higher education search for Heidrick & Struggles in North America, and Randy Jayne, who leads the firm's American aerospace and defense practice, and is a leading recruiter of senior executives in top engineering institutions, both for campuses and research organizations.

"We have reached out to an experienced and respected executive search firm with a track record in both academic and industrial leadership search to help us identify and attract presidential candidates who possess the leadership skills, vision and passion to lead a premier institution of higher education," stated Rose-Hulman Trustee Bill Schindel. He is also an alumnus and the chair of Rose-Hulman's Presidential Search Committee. "We believe the next president for Rose-Hulman will have an unrivaled executive leadership opportunity, making a difference to the world by leading the education of the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians," Schindel continued.

Presidential candidacy inquiries, applications and nominations can be directed to: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Presidential Search, Heidrick & Struggles Inc. (Attn: Ellen Brown Landers/Randy Jayne), 303 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 4300, Atlanta, GA 30308. The search firm can also be contacted by phone at 404-682-7400 or e-mail at

The Rose-Hulman Presidential Search Committee will identify strong candidates to bring forward to the Board of Trustees as finalists for the role of president. Joining Schindel on the search committee are trustees Darin Moody, David Hannum, Chris Mack and Andy Williams; faculty members Patsy Brackin, Kay C Dee, Craig Downing and Ed Doering; staff members Jim Goecker, Kevin Hewerdine, Sarah Forbes and Kristen Loyd; alumnus Jeff Myers and student Nick Addante.