Debra Cruce, Senior Consultant

cruce_1704.jpgDebra is a seasoned executive search and human resources professional with more than ten years of experience in non and for-profit industries, including Higher Education, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Engineering and commercial organizations.  

Currently, Debra serves as Senior Consultant for the firm, leading search execution, candidate development, and client engagement.  Most recently, Debra served as a Senior Consultant for a leading national retained executive search specializing in higher education recruitment where she led/co-led the completion of 50+ executive level higher education searches, including positions at the chancellor, vice president/provost, CEO, CFO, COO, and CRO level, as well as deanships, directorships and chairmanships predominantly at AAU and RU/VH designated institutions. 

Debra has led a team of consultants, and managed firm efforts in the areas of client services, strategic planning, advertising and logistics for the search process; including, job profile and advertisement creation, advertisement placements, first phase and final interviews, in-depth referencing and background checks, preparation of institutionally required reports, contract negotiations and on-boarding.

Debra holds a Bachelors of Science from Florida State University. 





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