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About Spencer Stuart

The Presidential Search Committee has selected Spencer Stuart, one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms, to identify and successfully recruit American University's next president.

Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart helped establish the senior-level executive recruiting industry. Spencer Stuart employs nearly 400 consultants—in 56 offices and 30 countries.

Presidential searches conducted by Spencer Stuart include Brown University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Wesleyan University, and Yale University. Other placements include the President, New York Public Library; President, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; and Executive Director, TEDx.

Michele E. Haertel

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Michele Haertel leads Spencer Stuart's Education, Nonprofit & Government Practice as well as the Academia & Research Practice. Her search efforts focus on leadership positions in research universities, liberal arts colleges, independent schools and nonprofit organizations.

Michele brings a wealth of nonprofit and corporate experience to the search process and has served on multiple nonprofit boards and advisory committees. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Holy Cross College.

Leslie Hortum

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Leslie Hortum manages Spencer Stuart's Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the firm's Education, Nonprofit & Government Practice, focusing on senior-level roles in associations, public policy and government affairs.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Leslie led the association and public policy practice for another international search firm. She spent 20 years in association management and was the first woman senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business lobby. She serves on several nonprofit boards, including the corporate advisory board of So Others Might Eat (SOME). She received a B.A. in economics from Mary Washington College and attended the Advanced Management School at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

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