Dennis Barden

Senior Partner


Areas of Expertise

  • Executive Search

Executive Biography

Dennis M. Barden is a senior partner in the higher-education practice at Witt/Kieffer, an executive search firm serving higher education, health care, community service, and cultural organizations nationwide. Barden assists his clients in their searches for CEOs and other senior executives, with a focus on Advancement professionals.

Barden began his Development career at his alma mater, St. Lawrence University, and then worked in increasingly responsible positions at Georgetown University and Northwestern University. Before joining Witt/Kieffer in 1998, Barden most-recently served as assistant vice president for Development and Alumni Relations and director of Principal Gifts at the University of Chicago, as well as a prior position as assistant dean and director of Development in the university’s law school.

He has served on the CASE Industry Advisory Council, and is a past chair of the American Council on Education’s Executive Search Roundtable. In recognition of his service to CASE, he has been awarded a Steuben Crystal Apple.