List of search firm expenses at UI

This is a list of search firm expenses at all the University of Illinois' campuses, starting with the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2004.

It includes expenses broken down by year and by search firm.

For the period, the university has spent a total of more than $5.6 million in searches that included coaches, presidents and chancellors, among others.

The biggest single year was fiscal 2008, when search firm expenses topped $1 million. Other highlights:

— In 2005, the UI named Provost Richard Herman as chancellor for the Urbana campus. Herman had been interim chancellor. Korn/Ferry International handled that search and was paid $128,662. He resigned in 2009 in the wake of the Category I admissions scandal.

— In 2005, the UI hired Provost Linda Katehi from Purdue University after conducting a search with the help of Greenwood/Asher, which received $128,662. Katehi left in 2009 to become chancellor at the University of California-Davis.

— 2008 was a big year for firms working with the UI, as several searches were under way, including for the law and business deans. The combined bill to the two firms — Baker & Associates and Greenwood/Asher — that helped fill those positions was around $390,000, plus $37,508 for expenses.

— In late 2009, the Urbana campus suspended its search for a provost to replace Katehi. At the time, Robert Easter was interim provost, but he later was asked to be interim chancellor after Herman resigned. Richard Wheeler later stepped into the interim provost role. After Phyllis Wise assumed her post as Urbana chancellor last fall, the provost search launched again. Isaacson, Miller was paid $90,000 for the new search, which concluded last week with the appointment of UI engineering Dean Ilesanmi "Ade" Adesida. That's on top of the $142,000 paid to Greenwood/Asher for the suspended search in 2009.

— In 2010, the UI hired Michael Hogan after conducting a $303,000 search, with help from Isaacson, Miller, which received about $160,000. About $314,000 was spent to hire the previous president, B. Joseph White, who started in February 2005. The consultants for that search received $143,000. White resigned in 2009 amid the admissions scandal.

 Vendor FY04  FY05  FY06  FY07  FY08  FY09  FY10  FY11  FY12  TOTALS Baker & Associates0003,746232,328421 33,333106,258376,087CEJKA Search001,279000275,505233,061107,385617,229David Gomez & Assoc19,500058,950000 020,00098,450Doctors Network & Assoc000000 17,50026,05043,550Greenwood/Asher & Assoc00180,743854125,366189,581233,29222,50086,340838,677Hazard Young Attea & Assoc0000015,898 0 15,898Heidrick & Struggles Inc0000156,69750,988 0 207,685Hollins Group Inc000014,40032,43130,33351,78837,500166,452Isaacson, Miller00180,06968,07659,528226,066192,657178,269171,1041,075,769Korn Ferry International69,590126,88779,255113,40895,3156,230 0 490,685Parker Executive Search71,83971,9000173,49294,2670 30,000121,875563,373PracticeMatch Service LLC0000012,000 0 12,000R William Funk & Assoc0000052,229 119,4989,876181,603Spelman & Johnson Group00173,6578,481102,16254,0085,47539,1997,595390,577Spelman, William H000026,64744,7901,5855,763 78,785SurveyGizmo00002940954  1,248SurveyMonkey000000849  849Witt/Kieffer 093,46918,3610153,867024,64419,444151,776461,562TOTALS160,929292,256692,315368,0571,060,872684,642765,294750,355845,7595,620,479


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pattsi wrote on May 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

These facts and figures might give pause to all of the individuals who had to leave employment at the university for many different reasons--seems hard to justify most of these decisions now.

Another interesting set of financials that might round out the picture is the cost to this point in time plus future cost for all of the decision errors made through use of the consulting firm approach to decision making. This total plus the over 5.5 M ought to result in a stunning number.

moderndaycowboy wrote on May 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Posting an add in the Chronicle of Higher Education and having an on-campus search committee go through the submitted resumes/vitas seems far cheaper to me....just my 2 cents.....

Sid Saltfork wrote on May 14, 2012 at 8:05 am

This plus the excessive administrative salaries, and continued salaries for ethics violators, are part of the reason tuition costs are so high; and will get higher.  A higher education is out of reach for the middle class.  Student loan debt is another big bubble ready to burst.  The front line university employees salaries have not went up.  Their benefits have went down.  Yet; the Golden Phesants prosper in glory, and shame.

cherokee2602 wrote on July 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

The people that do this are suppose to be well educated. They should have to take a required course common sense 101! Maybe they need more high paying educated people to form a commitee to watch after the commitee that oversees this expenditure! Four or five at $100,000 should do it.