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Executive Search & Services

Fortifying Our Leadership

The Executive Search & Services team is an internal search firm at Stanford School of Medicine. We build diverse candidate pools and interview and recommend top talent. We use our expertise to guide Stanford leaders and candidates throughout the interview process. In addition to the School of Medicine, we also partner with clients across the University.

We have proven experience placing a broad range of senior leaders in Administration, Finance, Human Resources, and Research. Roles we have filled include Deans, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chiefs of Staff, Executive Directors, Directors of Finance & Administration, Division Managers, and Human Resources Leaders.

To learn more about our services, or to discuss your next search, please contact

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Why Stanford Medicine?

Bláz Bush (he/his) is stepping into the inaugural role of Executive Director of the LGBTQ+ Health Program. He will work with stakeholders from inside Stanford Medicine and beyond to transform our delivery of care, research, and teaching related to LGBTQ+ health. Learn more about his decision to join our community.

Stanford Medicine is an ecosystem comprising the School of Medicine and the pediatric and adult health care delivery systems. Together, we harness the full potential of biomedicine through collaborative research, education, and clinical care for patients of all ages. For more information, please visit the Stanford Medicine Collective (opens in new tab).

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Policies and Benefits

Senior Staff positions at Stanford University are designated at levels N, O, P, N11, and N99 within the university classification system, and have responsibilities and functions that require different policies and conditions governing their employment and termination. To learn more about Senior Staff Policies visit Stanford Administrative Guide, Section 2.1.14 Senior Staff.

Senior Staff at Stanford University are also eligible for additional benefits programs:

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Tuition Grant Program Eligibility

Senior staff are eligible for the Tuition Grant Program on the date of their employment with the University.

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Homebuyer Programs

Senior Staff are eligible for Homebuyer Programs that include financing and supplemental pay programs.

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Work-Life Programs

The Stanford Work-Life Office delivers programs and services to help employees manage the competing demands of work, school, family, and personal responsibilities.

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Stanford Sweeteners

Stanford offer the "sweetest" perks and rewards of being affiliated with Stanford, from discounts and incentives to facilities access and professional development.

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Recent Placements

Robert Pettit
Victoria Leyton
Dr. Benita Wolf
Lynn Miles
Michael Rothman
Clariecia Groves
Dawn Rorig
Robert Pettit Director of Human Resources Robert brings over two decades of leadership experience. He has previously held positions at UC Davis, UC Office of the President, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is deeply committed to mentoring and developing employee success at every level of an organization. Robert is particularly skilled in partnering with organizations to enhance employee engagement, promote accountability, and facilitate effective change management.
Victoria Leyton Assistant Dean for Research Operations Victoria joins us from Baylor College of Medicine, where she served as the Director of Research Administration in the Office of Sponsored Programs. As the Assistant Dean for Research Operations, Victoria will provide strategic and operational oversight of the School of Medicine’s research operations and lead the Research Management Group (RMG). She will be a key point of contact for research teams throughout the School of Medicine and our health systems and will be a primary liaison with research leaders across the university. Victoria will also play a key role in an initiative to optimize our research proposal development and study activation processes to support the continued growth of the medical school’s research portfolio.
Dr. Benita Wolff Senior Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Dr. Wolff has extensive experience leading DEIB-related strategies and initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and academic medicine at public and private institutions across the United States. Dr. Wolff most recently served as the interim Chief Inclusion Officer at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She previously served as the inaugural Equity and Inclusion Administrative Fellow for the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Division of Science and Department of Physics, Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and as the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity for the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
Lynn Miles Senior Associate Dean, External Relations Lynn is a strategic development and external relations executive with over 30 years of experience, including senior leadership positions at Wellesley College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and, most recently, the University of Southern California. At USC, Lynn managed all programmatic and personnel efforts to secure philanthropic support and industry engagement for the Iovine and Young Academy (IYA). Lynn has successfully implemented development and external relations programs that led to IYA achieving its vision to nurture critical thinking and creativity at the intersection of human-centered design, technology, and entrepreneurship. As the Senior Associate Dean for Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Lynn will oversee teams managing communications; development; alumni, community relations; volunteer engagement; and events.
Michael Rothman Executive Director, Process Excellence Michael is a seasoned healthcare leader with more than 15 years of experience in spearheading strategic programs that drive significant change, foster cultures of continuous improvement, and enhance organizational capability. His expertise lies in successfully implementing Lean management systems, resulting in sustained revenue growth, the delivery of high-value care and services, and substantial cost reductions. In his role as the Executive Director of Process Excellence, Michael will play a pivotal role in leading the School of Medicine's process improvement and change management program. Collaborating closely with the School, department leaders, and the Office of Chief Operating Officer leadership team, he will ensure the alignment of process and operational excellence initiatives with the School's mission, goals, and overarching strategies.
Clariecia Groves Director of Workforce Analytics Clariecia has over 13 years of analytics and insights experience, including in visualizations, statistics, and predictive analytics. She loves to bridge the gap between business, analytics, and strategy and has a strong passion for teaching and helping others to use data to make better decisions. Most recently, she led the workforce analytics function at Tenneco, an auto manufacturing company, where she focused on developing roadmaps, creating a data governance structure, and building a team. Prior to that, Clariecia worked at Ascension Healthcare, serving in various leadership and analytical roles focused on business intelligence, data analytics, and research. As a lifelong learner, Clariecia has a B.S. in Mathematics, a M.S. in Statistics and Operations Research, and a doctorate in Engineering Management.
Dawn Rorig Chief Human Resources Officer, Stanford Health Care Dawn joined Stanford Health Care in 2018 as the Vice President of Human Resources and has made a tremendous impact on the HR function - transforming the approach to talent acquisition and onboarding, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations. In addition, she has effectively led the stabilization and streamlining of department operations resulting in significant improvements in recruitment and employee retention.

Before her tenure at Stanford Health Care, Dawn dedicated nearly 20 years at Charles Schwab, where she held the position of Senior Vice President for Human Resources. There, she led a 150-member human resources team responsible for managing the firm’s more than 16,000 global employees.

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Meet the Team

Sharon Carroll
Lynette Yancey
Steve Ebeling
Sharon Carroll Director, Executive Search & Services Sharon joined the Talent Acquisition Team in January of 2018 after a long tenure recruiting and sourcing in the Management Consulting Industry. At Stanford School of Medicine, she started creating programs to attract diverse talent specifically focused on research positions, which included creating a New Grad Campus Program to fill the needs of entry-level research positions across the school. She transitioned to managing the Recruiting Services team for the School of Medicine, which focuses on attracting and assessing top talent in Research, Finance, Human Resources, and Administration. Currently, Sharon is managing the Executive Search & Services offering for the School of Medicine and expanding her reach to the University. She collaborates with Deans, Chairs, and Department Leaders to fill executive-level positions.
Lynette Yancey Senior Executive Search Partner Lynette joined the Talent Acquisition Team in August of 2021. Prior to joining Stanford School of Medicine, she was the CEO and Managing Principal of a boutique recruiting firm focusing on executive-level recruiting in Management Consulting, BioTech, Pharmaceutical, and Healthcare industries for notable clients such as Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, Amgen, and Novo Nordisk. Lynette is passionate about the candidate experience, and diversity and stands by her motto “look beyond the resume” to find great candidates. Lynette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is a Certified Recruiting Specialist (CRS).
Steve Ebeling Senior Executive Search Partner Steve joined the Talent Acquisition Team in January of 2022. He brings more than 25 years of experience in recruiting and sourcing, with a strong background in management consulting. Prior to joining Stanford School of Medicine, Steve spent nine years at Huron Consulting Group where he filled executive-level roles for its Higher Education, Life Sciences, and Healthcare practices. At Huron, he held a leadership role in training recruiters, as well as developing and implementing diversity recruiting initiatives. Other experience includes talent acquisition roles at Deloitte and KPMG. He holds his undergraduate degree in accounting from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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