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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 over 35 presidential searches. She advises colleges and universities on leadership succession, governance and effective board performance.

Kate 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; and dean of graduate study and director of general education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.

Kate has held leadership positions in a number of national higher education associations. She has served as chair of 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 Thomas College in Waterville, ME.

Kate holds an honorary doctorate from Tufts University.


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
A.M., University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
B.A., Tufts University, Medford, MA

Thomas HorganTHOMAS R. HORGAN, Ed.D

Thomas R. Horgan, Ed.D, has served as President and CEO of the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC), a statewide not-forprofit consortium of public and private colleges and universities, for over twenty-three years. Prior to joining the NHCUC he served as President of the Nebraska Independent College Foundation (NICF). He was elected as a State Senator in the Nebraska Legislature, where he was elected chair of the Retirement System Committee, and was an elected member of the Omaha Board of Education.

Dr. Horgan has extensive leadership experience in higher education and inter-institutional collaboration. During his long career in higher education he has worked closely with college and university presidents from both public and private higher education institutions.’

He is the immediate past chair of the National Association for Collaborative Leaders, was instrumental in the founding of Campus Compact for New Hampshire and in the establishment of the Unique College Savings Plan. He represents New Hampshire as a delegate to the New England Board of Higher Education, as a Commissioner to the Education Commission of the States and is a board member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives.

A recognized leader on higher education issues he was selected by Business New Hampshire Magazine as one of New Hampshire’s Leaders for the 21st Century. He holds an undergraduate degree from Morningside College, a master of public administration degree from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate in education from New England College. He received an honorary doctorate from Rivier University.

Dr. Horgan is a frequent commentator on higher education issues and has been widely published on higher education trends in national and local publications.


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