Jett Pihakis


Jett Pihakis
Jett Pihakis




Jett Pihakis

Jett Pihakis is a member of our Nonprofit sector and Higher Education practice. For nearly 15 years, Jett served in leadership roles at top-ranked national and AAU research institutions, both private and public. He focuses on identifying senior academic and functional leaders within colleges and universities. Based in our Washington, D.C. office, Jett is also an active member of the firm’s Diversity practice and Information Officers practice.

Recent Client Experience

Jett leads high-profile academic searches for university Presidents, Provosts and Deans, as well as searches for functional Vice Presidents, including Vice Presidents for Research, Chief Administrative Officers and Chief Information Officers. In recent years, he recruited Deans of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Public Policy, Public Health, Allied Health, Social Work and Communication, among others.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Jett served as Vice President, Programs at Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) - a nonprofit that made groundbreaking progress addressing the dramatic under-representation of minorities in leadership positions within top tier MBA programs and Fortune 500 companies. There, he provided leadership across all programs including college, MBA, executive and alumni.

Previously, he served as Associate Dean of the Full-time MBA Program at Georgetown University, where he led the vision and strategy to recast the Georgetown MBA Program as a premier program, promoting it to the business community and prospective students. Jett also held positions at University of California, Berkeley as Director of Domestic Admissions for the Full-time MBA Program, at Golden Gate University as Director of Alumni Relations and at Vanderbilt University as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions.


Jett received his B.A., summa cum laude, in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy Analysis with a focus in higher education from Stanford University.


教育, 高等教育機関​, NPO, テクノロジー・オフィサー, エグゼクティブサーチ, リーダーシップ・アセスメント


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