Jett Pihakis is a key member of Russell Reynolds Associates’ Education Practice, and he has led the Higher Education group since 2018. 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, DC office, Jett is also an active member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion and Information Officers Practices. 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 has recruited Deans of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business, Law, Education, Architecture, Geosciences, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work and Communication, amongst others.
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, Jett 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.
Education & Affiliations
Jett received his BA, summa cum laude, in psychology from Vanderbilt University and his PhD in education administration and policy analysis with a focus in higher education from Stanford University.
Education, Higher Education, Nonprofit, Technology Officers, Executive Search, Assessment, Leadership Advisory Services, Succession Planning