Katherine Haley is the former president of Gettysburg College (PA) and Whittier College (CA). As an executive search consultant, Kate has conducted numerous higher education leadership searches for institutions across the country—including more than 50 presidential searches and more than 45 dean and provost searches. She advises colleges and universities on leadership succession, governance, and effective board performance.
Dr. Haley brings personal experience and first-hand knowledge of today’s higher education landscape to her consulting and search practice. Prior to serving as the first woman president at both Gettysburg and Whittier, Kate was provost and professor of English at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.
Kate has held leadership positions in a number of national higher education associations. She has served as chair of the board of the Annapolis Group, the professional organization of the presidents of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Kate has also served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the American Council of Academic Deans, the Eisenhower Institute, the Lincoln Prize Board, and the Gettysburg Foundation. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of New England College in Henniker, NH.
She earned both her doctorate and master’s degrees at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and her baccalaureate degree at Tufts University. Kate was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Tufts University.