The presidential search committee has selected Storbeck Search as its partner in the presidential search process.
Storbeck Search has a deep commitment to serving liberal arts colleges and their team shares our value of the transformative nature of this education and the Whitman experience. They bring expertise and a breadth of knowledge of the higher education landscape, including from leading recent presidential searches at places such as Colorado College, Carleton College, and Haverford College. They have delivered results in providing diverse and talented candidates that led to successful hires: half their placements are women and 30% are persons of color, and since 2007, 87% of their presidential placements are either still in place or served for five years or more.
Shelly Storbeck is the Global Education Practice Lead and Managing Director who has led Storbeck Search as an independent firm since 2007. She has conducted over 500 searches for liberal arts colleges, public and private universities, independent schools, and nonprofit organizations. Shelly writes, speaks, and consults on issues relating to higher education across the United States and is the author of Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts (Johns Hopkins University Press). She joined with Diversified Search Group in 2020. Shelly graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in English and Religion from Dickinson College and received her A.M. in English from Bryn Mawr College.
Jim Sirianni brings 20 years of experience in higher education to his role as Managing Director for Storbeck Search. His past experience includes leading professional development programming for presidents, provosts, and chief business officers at the American Council on Education and as a research consultant working on the strategic issues facing provosts and related senior leaders. He also served as a dean and director at Stanford University and as a researcher at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Jim currently teaches leadership and management in the higher education doctoral program at the George Washington University. His Ph.D. is in Higher Education Policy from Stanford University, where he also earned an M.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Higher Education. He majored in Education at Pennsylvania State University.