William E. Hay & Company
20 South Clark Street
Suite 2310
Chicago, IL 60603
312.782.6510
William E. Hay & Company
Consultants in Executive Selection and Organization
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History

Biographies

William E. Hay

Hay & Company was founded by William E. Hay in 1982.  Prior to forming the firm, Bill spent 12 years with Ernst & Young as Midwest Regional Head of Executive Search Consulting.  A native Chicagoan, Bill received a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Illinois-Urbana and an MBA from DePaul University.  After teaching full-time at DePaul for several years, he joined the adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Business, Public Service Program and serves as an advisor to the School for New Learning.  His teaching focus has been in the areas of organizational design, planning, fitting structure to strategy and leadership assessment and selection.  In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Bill is a Board Director for DePaul University, The Union League Club of Chicago, The Hope Institute for Children and Families and Career Transitions Center.  Bill is also active with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. 

Beth A. Smoots

Beth Smoots is a successful business leader and strategic advisor, bringing the combined benefits of over 25 years of practical management and consulting experience.  Prior to focusing on executive search, Beth was the chief executive of a publicly-held national valuation, financial advisory, and litigation support firm with offices across the country.  She had previously built the firm’s Midwest regional operations, led its national and international marketing efforts, and was integral to its ultimate sale and assimilation into a publicly-held parent.  Her role encompassed strategic positioning of the firm, national business development and consulting service delivery.  She advised executives from Fortune 500 companies to sole proprietorships in a wide variety of industries.  Beth earned her MBA in quantitative analysis at the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree in finance and management summa cum laude at Northern Illinois University.

Beth is active with Bethesda Nursing and Retirement Center, having chaired its board and now serving as an advisor in an emeritus capacity.

J. Patrick Murphy, C.M., Ph.D.

J. Patrick Murphy received his Ph.D. in higher education administration and an M.A. in sociology from Stanford University. His MBA is from DePaul University. He also earned a Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.  He attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.  At DePaul, he directed the School of Public Service for 18 years, building it into an internationally-recognized unit that offers five master degrees to more than 700 professionals in government and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Murphy’s publications include three books and several articles on the visions and values of leaders.  Recent publications include a book chapter “Leaders in Higher Education: Teachers and Visionaries” and an article “Higher Education Administration in the New Age.”

Dr. Murphy serves as a trustee of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin and on the board of All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland.  He has previously served as trustee for DePaul University and Siena Heights University.  He also served as DePaul University's Treasurer and Secretary for five years and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Brazil.