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Ann Yates

Ann Yates is a principal in Witt/Kieffer’s Education Practice and has served as an executive search consultant for nearly two decades. She leads nationwide searches for presidents, provosts, deans and vice presidents at public and private colleges and universities. Ann values exceptional quality and close engagement with clients and candidates throughout the search process. She brings a clear understanding of higher education leadership and a strong commitment to identifying talented and dedicated leaders with the right institutional fit. 

Ann is passionate about advancing women and diverse leaders in higher education leadership. Throughout her tenure with Witt/Kieffer, she has successfully completed 150 searches with 52 percent of her placements being women or diverse leaders. Her clients repeatedly rely on her keen sense of the qualities required for effective leadership in mission-driven organizations and their unique culture as evidenced by her high percentage of search work with repeat clients.

Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, Ann was principal of a national higher education and not-for-profit executive search firm, executing senior level academic searches. Her search career also benefits from past experience in corporate human relations, providing her insight into corporate recruiting processes, retention programs and compensation issues.

She has been an invited presenter and panelist with the ACE Women’s Network and recently presented to the Women Administrators in Management Education affinity group at the AACSB ICAM Conference.

M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven, CT
B.S., Psychology, Bethany College, Bethany, WV


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Ann Yates
Bethesda, MD
Phone: 630-575-6986
Fax: 630-990-1382
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