Universities - Fisher Leadership

Highly qualified specialists with holistic leadership skills

Universities in Australia and New Zealand are faced with ever-evolving challenges that demand new ways of thinking about cultivating leadership through learning. They need to balance commercial realities with academic accountability. They must understand and implement competitive strategies to attract students and funding. And as disruption ripples through our esteemed institutions, university leaders must compete with innovative start-ups to retain up-and-coming talent.

These leadership challenges require broader definition of potential talent pools, and deeper insights into non-academic capabilities. University leaders need cultural and strategic skills to complement their specialist teaching or research expertise. They must be able to motivate teams with potential. To inspire achievement, and engage effectively with peers, community and industry.

Our breadth of experience

University clients rely on Fisher Leadership to find and support exceptional leaders across a wide variety of academic and senior professional roles.
  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor
  • Dean
  • Head of School
  • Chair
  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Executive Director
  • Director

Auckland University of Technology has been very pleased to use Fisher Leadership for a number of high level appointments in recent times. In each case we were delighted with the outcome. Significantly, we were impressed with the quality of interaction and the proactive approach of the Fisher Leadership team. They always responded quickly to any questions and requests and we were kept very well informed at all stages of the recruitment process. Candidate briefs were excellent and overall information for shortlisting was thorough and relevant. Working with Fisher Leadership gave us a high level of confidence in the overall recruitment process

Dr Andrew Codling

Head of Vice-Chancellors Office Auckland University of Technology


As a client and also a former candidate, I appreciate the personalised and supportive process offered by Fisher Leadership. For our most recent assignment, Andrew Norton was able to tailor processes to meet our internal protocols and needs, being respectful of our requirements and making everything easy. I have never found the process to be transactional or felt that I am just a number. Fisher Leadership’s way of operating is caring and I really respond to that.

Director mid-size Australian University


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