Jeff Ewing

Senior Consultant for Executive Search

Jeff Ewing joined K&A in 2016 with over 20 years of experience working for and with institutions of higher education. He brings the perspective of an experienced student affairs professional having served in a number of roles including Dean of Students at Arcadia University. During his time at Arcadia, he also served as the Executive Assistant to the President and Affirmative Action Officer for four years; a role which included coordinating the activities of the Board of Trustees. He then worked for two regional accreditors, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the WASC Senior College and University Commission where he was responsible for volunteer (peer reviewer) management and for overseeing the internal operations related to accreditation processes.

During Mr. Ewing’s entire career, he has been involved with search processes—serving on search committees, providing the internal support for two presidential searches, and hiring members of his staff. His goal has been to identify the best candidates who will ultimately be successful staff members while ensuring that the candidates are treated well and, regardless of the outcome, feel positively about the experience and the institution. He has been able to bring his experience and passion for the search process to K&A.

Mr. Ewing earned both a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and a master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia. He has served as a member and president of a school board and has enjoyed being involved in other volunteer activities. Mr. Ewing currently resides in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Some of my highlights

I thoroughly enjoy the interaction with Student Affairs, and other, professionals around the executive search process. This includes potential clients, clients and candidates. With each interaction, I learn a bit more about the institution they represent and, of course, more about the individuals and their lives (work and otherwise). One of the facets of working on a campus I appreciated the most was the diversity of people I would interact with on any given day. The work I do now with K&A has the benefit with the addition of a wider range of people and institutions.

I feel privileged to have worked with wonderful students and professionals during my career on campus. I quickly learned the value of team and of working together to achieve goals beyond our wildest imaginations. I was able to witness the transformation of students who entered college uncertain and sometimes even unmotivated as they found a calling, either through their academic work or, occasionally, through the work they did with us in Student Affairs. What an honor it was to help them through the tough times and to celebrate the good times. I treasure the relationships with colleagues and former students that have lasted over the years as friendships. It is these experiences and feelings that I relive when speaking with a candidate for a position who is excited and energized by the opportunity ahead. And, I’m always just a little bit jealous of what is in store for them.

Moving to the San Francisco area was a significant change for us. It was a decision we made fairly quickly but not easily or lightly. One of the reasons we moved was to take advantage of the  weather and the beautiful surroundings. My favorite thing to do is to walk along the Bay with the wind in my face and the sun shining down on me while looking toward the City. I am lucky enough to live where I can easily walk to the water and then along it (still trying to walk on it). It is a great way to relax after work, and sometimes during!

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