WittKieffer Welcomes New Principal to Education Practice

Global executive search firm WittKieffer announced Ryan Crawford as a new principal in the firm’s Education Practice. Based in Austin, Texas, Crawford will assist with the recruitment of leaders across the academic landscape, drawing upon expertise in recruiting presidents, provosts, deans, department chiefs and other key roles. He brings to the position over 13 years of experience in executive search in higher education, as well as academic medicine and college athletics.

Prior to joining WittKieffer, Crawford served as a partner at an education-focused executive search firm, where he served as lead consultant on higher education searches across the country. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, he played an instrumental role in business development and client engagement. Preceding this, Crawford was a principal at an Atlanta-based executive search firm, where he conducted searches in higher education, academic health sciences and collegiate athletics.

“We are thrilled to add Ryan to our growing team of experts,” said Robin Mamlet, Managing Partner of WittKieffer’s Education Practice. “Recruiting leaders in academia today requires strategic insight as well as an awareness of the subtleties between differing institutions and leadership roles. With Ryan’s background and knowledge, he is well prepared to help us identify exceptional leaders who bring positive change to their campuses and communities.”

Crawford holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.