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Alan Johns (AJ)

Alan Johns

Executive Vice President, Managing Principal
(800) 209-8143 Ext. 64589

As Executive Vice President, Managing Principal of Cejka Search, Alan leads the Academic Leadership Practice. He specializes in recruiting executives for all leadership positions within academic health science centers including schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, allied health professions as well as health systems, teaching hospitals and research centers/institutes. Alan has first-hand knowledge and experience working with provosts, deans, chairs, chiefs, research scientists and administrators. He and his team specialize in providing high-quality, high-touch service in search execution, candidate management and client satisfaction.

With over 25 years of senior leadership experience in higher education at research-intensive universities including Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Duke University School of Medicine and Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University and Emory University School of Nursing. He has direct knowledge of the strategic operations and goal-setting for schools of nursing. Over his career, Mr. Johns served under three deans as the Assistant Dean for Business and Finance for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. During his time at Emory, the School of Nursing established and implemented their PhD program, built their new building, and greatly expanded their NIH-funded research portfolio. He remains active with AACN leadership groups as a sponsor and guest speaker.

Alan earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida, a Master of Public Administration from University of North Florida, and completed the Advanced Program for Executive Search Consulting (AESC) at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.