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Should You Change Leadership Jobs in the Middle of a Pandemic?

In May 2020 as the far-reaching consequences of the global pandemic became more apparent, Storbeck Search consultant Sue May looked more closely at the personal decisions faced by those in the midst of a job search and published her findings in “Should You Change Leadership Jobs in the Middle of a Pandemic?” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

As Sue writes, “My focus here, as a search consultant, is on the personal aspects of this decision for job candidates. What do you owe your family? What do you owe your current institution? How do you know you are making the right choice? And how does relocation even work during a pandemic?”

With input from Storbeck Search colleagues, Sue interviewed a number of higher education leaders recently appointed to new positions, including Reuben E. Brigety II, incoming Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the South, Jenny Darroch, the new Dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, and Angel B. Pérez, the new CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Through this-is-happening-now examples and real-life details, the resulting article shines a light on the flexibility, imagination, and sense of purpose that drive the decisions made by these campus leaders and shows that in a time of crisis, especially, good leadership can’t wait.  

Read the full article here. 

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Sue May, PhD


Sue has successfully led searches for a wide range of positions within higher education, ranging from academic affairs to student affairs, and from enrollment to technology. She also conducts select presidential searches. Her approach is collaborative, and she works creatively and flexibly with her clients to design the best possible strategy for their particular needs.