Interim Placements

NASPA Interim Executive Placement Services
Powered by Keeling & Associates

Keeling & Associates (K&A) partners with NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to offer Interim Executive Placement Services (IEPS): reliable and high-quality services that provide experienced and proven candidates to NASPA member institutions looking to obtain an interim senior administrator. Our services are unique compared to alternative placement options because of the “hands-on” involvement of Richard P. Keeling, M.D., and Jan Walbert, Ed.D.: senior consultants with extensive executive-level leadership experience and in-depth knowledge of higher education and student affairs. Their knowledge and experience, coupled with NASPA’s position as the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, come together to offer a truly innovative and effective service.

NASPA Interim Executive Placement Services (powered by Keeling & Associates) offers a large pool of skilled and qualified higher education administrators who are available to serve in interim positions across a diversity of colleges and universities. Through a careful and conscientious process, the IEPS senior consultants work with each individual institution to define and fully understand that institution’s needs and the specific roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the interim position. We compile important items like salary and benefits, anticipated term, portfolio and responsibility, and accountability and reporting structure of the position.

We review all potential candidates and submit a short list of suitable administrators to an institution. All candidates are deliberately reviewed and considered by the senior consultants for “goodness of fit” with the institution’s needs. We will assist as needed in the preparation and support of any candidate for an interim position as they move forward with their candidacy.

Getting Started

  • Employers: Institutions seeking to fill a senior leadership position for a specified period of time may benefit from selecting an interim candidate for the position. For more information, please visit the Employers section of the NASPA IEPS website. Questions? Contact Dr. Jan Walbert, Senior Consultant, at
  • Candidates: Do you have executive or senior-level leadership experience in higher education or specifically in student affairs? Are you interested and available to consider serving as an interim senior executive? If so, we invite you to submit your information to be included in our candidate pool. Please review the frequently asked questions related to serving in an interim executive placement position.

Our Successful Interim Placement Record

Since 2012, NASPA and K&A have partnered to place the following interims:

   Student Affairs/Student Services

  • Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
    Clemson University
  • Director of Housing
    Tulane University
  • Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Dean of Residence Life
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
    Texas A&M-Commerce
  • Director of Student Life
    Idaho State University
  • Vice President for Student Development
    Knox College
  • Dean of Students and Campus Life
    Utica College
  • Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
    College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Vice President & Dean of Students
    Whittier College
  • Dean of Students
    Community College of Philadelphia
  • Associate Vice President – Student Transitions
    California State University, Fullerton
  • Associate Vice President – Retention 
    California State University, Fullerton
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
    Tulane University
  • Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Affairs
    Cleveland State University 
  • Vice Presidents for Student Affairs
    John Jay College 
  • Dean of Student Services
    Metropolitan Community College, Longview Campus 

   Enrollment Management

  • Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
    University of North Georgia
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
    Louisiana State University
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management 
    Georgian Court University
  • Dean of Enrollment Management 
    Community College of Philadelphia

   Student Health/Student Counseling

  • Director, Thielen Student Health Center
    Iowa State University
  • Director of Counseling Services
    Susquehanna University
  • Director, Counseling Center
    Amherst College
  • Executive Director, University Health Services
    University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Director of Disability Services
    The College of New Jersey
  • Director of Student Health Center
    California State University, San Bernardino


  • Director of the Career Center
    University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • Director of the Career Center
    Concordia College (MN)