Search Consulting

Lucie Lapovsky does interim as well as permanent searches for CFOs. The searches for chief financial and administrative officers are tailored to meet your institution’s unique needs. CFO search is a very specialized area that requires specific expertise to work with you and your institution to ensure that your new CFO has the appropriate qualifications, skills and temperament and the highest level of integrity for your institution.

Recently Completed Vice President for Finance Searches: California Institution College of Art, King’s College, Dominican UniversityPitzer, Sweet Briar, University of Findlay, Lewis and Clark, Goucher College, Bennington College, The College of Wooster, Randolph College, University of the Sciences, St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN, Drew University, Portland State University (in collaboration with Witt/Kieffer), Dickinson College(in collaboration with Witt/Kieffer), and Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Recently Completed Interim Vice President for Finance Searches:
Albright, Ursinus, Notre Dame of Maryland University, University of the Sciences, Lebanon Valley College, and Sarah Lawrence College.

The president from one of her recent searches stated:
“Thanks for your excellent work; I am still amazed at the speed with which this got done. Thanks so much!”

The Board Chair in one of her recent searches said:
“You did a spectacular job in guiding Pitzer’s search for a VP Finance.”

Another president said:
“I asked for a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates and you brought us an outstanding pool from which we have selected a fantastic new CFO”

Another president said:“You brought us eight superb candidates when my colleagues at other schools are struggling to find one qualified candidate.”

A successful candidate sent the following e-mail:
“You’ve been great on all of this Lucie. I’ve encountered my fair share of search consultants over the years and you’re a stand-out.”

Dr. Lapovsky has a complete understanding of what the CFO position entails, understands the needs of all relevant constituencies and conducts all searches herself. She is uniquely qualified, with experience in both the public and private sectors of higher education, having served as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at Goucher College and as Director of Finance and Facilities for the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The co-editor of The Roles and Responsibilities of Chief Financial Officers published by Jossey Bass and co-author  of  The 2010 Profile of Chief Finance Officers published by NACUBO, she serves on many non-profit boards where she chairs the finance and audit committees.

These experiences give her the knowledge to understand the skills and attributes required of an excellent CFO. She can quickly discern whether a candidate has the requisite skill set, temperament and political and negotiating skills required for the position and is easily able to understand the specific needs of an institution and match them with the appropriate candidates. Having been a CFO herself, she has an excellent network of financial officers to provide a robust list of candidates for your search. In addition to conducting the search, Lucie’s services include working with the successful candidate and the president through the transition from candidate to cabinet member; providing coaching and advice as necessary. She has been a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers for more than 25 years.

Dr. Lapovsky operates a boutique firm where you will be dealing with her on all matters. Your candidates will be interviewed by Lucie and the references will be checked by her; you will have the benefit of her knowledge and expertise in all aspects of your search.