New position reflects company’s commitment to expand its healthcare practice

SOUTH RIDING, VA. – August 18, 2022 – Slone Partners, a nationwide executive search firm for life sciences, biotechnology, and healthcare companies, has announced that Melissa Hurst has been named Practice Leader for Healthcare. With her extensive background in healthcare executive search, Hurst will focus on expanding the company’s client base with hospitals, health systems, and academic centers. She will also retain her current title of Vice President of Executive Search in which she owns and leads executive level searches with a direct team of consultants whom she manages and mentors.

Before joining Slone Partners in March 2022, Hurst served as Special Advisor to the President at the University of Toledo, where she drove human resources leadership strategy and direction for the University’s recruitment, retention, and organizational development functions. Prior to that, she served as Principal, Academic Health Care Practice at Korn Ferry, where her responsibilities included business development, project management, and project delivery. Earlier in her career, Hurst worked as Director of Executive Recruitment, Executive Search Group, and as Director of Professional Development, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, at the University of Virginia. She also served as an instructor of educational psychology at the University of South Carolina.

“Melissa Hurst is a very smart, talented, and experienced leader in healthcare executive search,” said Slone Partners CEO Leslie Loveless. “As Practice Leader, she will drive our strategic efforts to build out Slone Partners’ healthcare client base and expand our partnerships with some of the most innovative and high-performing hospitals and health systems in the country.”

Hurst holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She is a Certified Professional Coach as designated by the College of Executive Coaching.

Slone Partners delivers the leaders who build amazing and diverse life sciences and healthcare organizations – People Are Our Science®. Founded in 2000, Slone Partners specializes in delivering world-class C-suite leadership, executive, and upper management talent to the most promising and established biotech, diagnostics, research tools, healthcare, precision medicine, medical device, and laboratory services companies. With national and global clients, Slone Partners uniquely and precisely provides an array of executive search and advisory services, including diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy, to innovative life sciences and healthcare companies. To learn more about Slone Partners’ value proposition and processes, visit or call 888.784.3422.