PHILADELPHIA, PA — Diversified Search Group announced that Christopher D. Lee, PhD has joined their education practice as Managing Director. With nearly 30 years of experience as a human resources leader in higher education, Lee will bring a nuanced understanding of the challenges that colleges and universities face in today’s complex and fast-changing environment.
“We are delighted that Chris Lee has joined Diversified Search Group. He brings extensive education and military leadership experience as well as a keen understanding of governance and HR strategy from implementation to change management,” said Aileen K. Alexander, CEO of Diversified Search Group. “A remarkable executive leader, Chris will offer our clients his industry perspective and innate passion for transformational leadership.” Alexander continued.
Lee joins a team of industry-recognized experts from Diversified Search Group/Storbeck Search known for its unmatched expertise in placing visionary leaders for colleges and universities; independent, charter, and boarding schools; and education-related nonprofit organizations.
“I am overjoyed to be joining this group of esteemed colleagues. Through years of experience with the search committee process and consulting with experts in this field, I’ve held a deep interest and appreciation for this important work to identify and place leaders who will make an impact on higher education. This firm is the gold standard for executive search,” said Christopher Lee.
Diversified Search Group’s Global Education Practice Lead and Managing Director, Shelly Weiss Storbeck said, “We are thrilled to welcome Chris Lee to our firm. He is an in-demand subject matter expert in the work of organizational development and institutional leadership in all sectors of higher education. He brings wisdom, warmth, and emotional intelligence to his work, and we are delighted to have him as our new colleague.”
Lee joins Diversified Search Group from William & Mary, the nation’s second oldest institution of higher learning, where he served as Chief Human Resources Officer. Lee also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources for the Virginia Community College system, where he oversaw dozens of searches for community college presidents and led a strategic reorganization of the HR division. His higher education background comprises a number of leadership roles including Director of Human Resources & CHRO at Bates College.
Lee is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and thought leader who has authored four books on a variety of human resources-related topics, including how to successfully conduct faculty, staff, and administrative searches in higher education. In 2004, he was an American Council on Education Fellow.
Lee has served on several boards including as founding member of the Diversity Hiring Coalition of Maine. Lee is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Marine Corps Reserves where he served for 21 years.
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