Jan Walbert

Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search

Dr. Jan Walbert serves as Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search—a role in which she is responsible for strategy, management, implementation, and quality assurance for K&A’s Executive Search services, including our collaboration with NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education for Interim Executive Placement Services. Dr. Walbert has been a senior officer and leader in higher education throughout her career of more than 35 years. She served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Arcadia University for 21 years, with oversight of all traditional areas of campus life including residence life, student activities, career development, student health and counseling services, orientation, diversity programs, athletics and recreation, community service and campus facilities; thereafter, she worked in University Advancement, focusing on major and planned giving, building strong relationships with alumni and other major supporters of the University. As an independent consultant, Dr. Walbert has assisted several non-profit and higher education organizations with strategic planning related to fundraising and organizational management. Her prior employment included other student affairs experience at Lehigh University, La Salle University, and Drexel University, with additional responsibilities for leadership development, alcohol and other drug education, and women’s issues.

Some of my highlights

My personal journey as a college student resulted in a strong foundation in the liberal arts focusing on critical thinking and effective communication; with loving family roots I added strong values on building meaningful relationships and always working collaboratively with a team. There isn’t a single day that passes where I don’t learn something new about myself or my teammates. The beginning of my passion for higher education started in college, where I learned I wanted to work with college students as a career — given my experience as an RA — and I combined and  developed my love for team sports and leadership opportunities as captain of the women’s basketball team.

I learned early – and often – that positive thinking, encouraging others, maintaining integrity, and a willingness to try new things resulted in positive outcomes for students through my 35 years as a professional in higher education – and that all results in positive outcomes for me personally and professionally, too. Some of my favorite memories involve observing the achievements of students who weren’t sure, being there for those who needed some support, or simply creating meaningful opportunities for students to convince themselves of their abilities.

Every day — being with people I love, doing work that inspires and motivates me, and the smiles of my family crossing many generations. I thank those colleagues who believed in me and encouraged me to try — even at times I wasn’t sure whether I was on the right track — and the wisdom of a friend and colleague who once reminded me that the “detour” we experience may just be the journey we were supposed to take.

Family, friends, music of every type, a little golf, a chance to swim, or opportunities to walk on the beach — each helps me learn, grow, think and challenge myself. As one song’s lyrics remind us — Life is a journey — not a destination!!

Sir Oliver and Lord Stanley

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