Katherine Haley, Ph.D.

Kate HaleyKatherine Haley, Ph.D. (formerly Katherine Will), is an executive search consultant in Witt/Kieffer’s higher education and not-for-profit practice. She conducts senior leadership searches, particularly at the presidential level, on behalf of colleges and universities. Kate brings personal experience and first-hand knowledge of today’s higher education landscape to her executive search practice. Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, Kate served as the first woman president of Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. She has also held the positions of president of Whittier College, Whittier, CA; provost and professor of English at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH; and dean of graduate study and director of general education at Augustana  College in Sioux Falls, SD.

Kate is active in a number of associations that seek to improve the state of higher education. She has served as chair of the Annapolis Group, the professional organization of the presidents of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Kate has also served on the boards of National Association of Independent Colleges, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Eisenhower Institute, the Lincoln Prize Board and the Gettysburg Foundation.

Kate is based in Andover, NH and may be reached through the Oak Brook, IL office.


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
M.A., University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
B.A., Tufts University, Medford, MA

Howard Jessamy

Jessamy HowardHoward Jessamy joined Witt/Kieffer in 1995 and has held leadership positions in a number of healthcare organizations, including president/CEO of teaching and community hospitals, and the District of Columbia Hospital Association. He is based in the firm’s Bethesda, MD office.

For more than 15 years, Howard has assisted clients in identifying senior leaders in higher education and health care for roles such as CEOs, COOs, CFOs, physician executives and management team leaders at hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, colleges and universities and professional/trade associations.

Howard’s work in higher education includes search assignments for Howard University and Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Harvard University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of North Carolina System, The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He has also conducted successful presidential/chancellor searches at several of the nation’s premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

As the firm’s diversity practice leader, Howard is a well-respected authority on the diverse leadership needs of clients. In recognition of his dedication to diversity throughout his professional career, Howard received a Diversity Champion Award from the American Hospital Association and the Institute for Diversity in Health Management in 2004 and was inducted into the National Association of Health Services Executive’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

He has also served as advisor/preceptor for students from Howard University, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tulane University in New Orleans and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.


M.H.A., University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
B.A., Business Administration, Howard University, Washington, D.C.