Roundtable of Executive Search Firms

ACE is pleased to provide information and a means of facilitating communication with executive search firms that specialize in higher education. ACE does not evaluate or endorse the services of individual firms.
23 listed
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Academic Career & Executive Search
Designed for efficiency and flexibility, our academic executive search and academic career services are high precision but inexpensive. Savings are passed to the client. Our specialty is difficult and challenging positions ranging from faculty to senior administrators. We offer six search options for every need and budget. The only constant - a unique search process driven by experienced recruiters, researchers and academics guaranteed to attract the ideal candidate. We work with the client until we find the right fit. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, OTH, SPO, VP
Jennifer Muller
PO Box 370485
West Hartford, CT 06137
Telephone: 860-740-2600

Academic Keys, LLC
Founded by former senior administrators, Academic Keys strength comes from access to and international database of over one million candidates from top tier institutions. Their team has extensive contacts with faculty, staff, and senior administrators from institutions worldwide. Specialties: ATH, CAO, CEO, CHAIR, CIO, DEAN, DIR, VP
Valerie Woodruff
P.O. Box 162
Storrs, CT 06268
Telephone: 860-656-6214

Academic Search, Inc.
Academic Search is an executive search firm serving higher education institutions and related organizations since 1976. We are committed to excellent executive search and developing the academy pipeline through leadership development. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Jessica Kozloff
1825 K Street, NW
Suite 705
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: 202-332-4049
Fax: 202-234-7640

AGB Search
AGB Search focuses exclusively on higher education leadership. We offer interim appointments to preserve continuity, full search services to help institutions navigate the hiring process, transition assistance to set up leaders for long-term success, and Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, GC, SPO, VP
Roderick McDavis
1133 20th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 740-593-1804
Fax: 740-533-4632

Association of Community College Trustees
We represent the trustees for all community colleges. As a service, ACCT has been conducting presidential searches since 1972. Specialties: CAO, CEO
Narcisa Polonio
1101 17th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202-276-1983

Ferra Executive Search
Ferra Executive Search consultants are experts in recruiting clinical, academic, and administrative support roles at any level. Any clinical, financial, fundraising, research, IT/technology, or academic role is an area of recruitment they specialize in. They combine disruptive digital recruitment techniques with traditional recruitment methodologies to reach top talent that are both active and passive candidates. They are based in downtown Pittsburgh, PA and serve clients throughout the United States and internationally. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Kevin Ferra
306 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
We are a women-owned executive search firm. Our diverse consulting team has extensive experience in executive search, consulting, and training for all educational markets. Specialties: CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, VP
Jan Greenwood
42 Business Center Drive
Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Telephone: 850-650-2277
Fax: 850-650-2272

Haley Associates Executive Search & Consulting
Haley Associates is a higher education consulting and executive search firm dedicated to providing personalized, high quality services focused on the unique needs of the institutions and leaders we serve. By design we are a boutique firm, committed to working on a limited number of consulting engagements and searches in order to deliver on our commitment to being a client focused practice. When you engage Haley Associates you work directly with the principals of the firm and receive the experience, attention and services you expect and deserve. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, DEAN, VP
Katherine Haley
75 Riverview Park Road
Manchester, NH 03102
Telephone: 603-206-5818

Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.
Heidrick & Struggles is the premier provider of executive search and leadership consulting services, including culture shaping, executive assessment, succession planning, board effectiveness, leadership development, and leadership strategy. For 60 years, we have focused on quality service and build strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Our Education and Social Enterprise practice specializes in working with educational, nonprofit, and other related organizations. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CS/PA, DEAN, GC, SPO, VP
Ellen Landers
233 South Wacker Drive
Suite 4900
Chicago, IL 60606
Telephone: 404-682-7313
Fax: 404-577-4048

Hyatt-Fennell, Executive Search
Hyatt-Fennell, Executive Search - led by Marylouise Fennell and Cheryl Hyatt, is a highly successful national and international search firm with offices in Pennsylvania, Florida and Colorado. Together with a strong support staff and several independent senior academic consultants, they are rich in higher education and recruitment experience. Hyatt-Fennell is well-known and respected for placing top executives with colleges and universities.They partner with their clients to enhance and streamline the search process and provide a commitment to find the right person for each position. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, DEAN, DIR, SPO, VP
Cheryl Hyatt
P. O. Box 214
Conway, PA 15027
Telephone: 724-242-0476

Isaacson, Miller
Isaacson, Miller is a national retained search firm specializing in recruiting transformative leadership for mission-driven organizations. With the largest higher education executive search practice in the U.S., its searches have placed some of the most respected and successful presidents, chancellors, deans, department heads and administration professionals in a wide range of universities, colleges, and academic medical centers. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
John Isaacson
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 2210
Telephone: 617-262-6500
Fax: 617-262-6509

Keeling & Associates
K&A is a higher education consulting firm; we work exclusively with colleges and universities, university systems, and higher education professional organizations. Our projects have a common purpose: to improve outcomes in higher education. We accomplish that purpose in different ways - by renewing vision and strategy; advancing innovation in academic programs; strengthening student support services; increasing institutional capacity through executive search services; improving organizational and operational effectiveness; and increasing alignment and synergy in institutional governance. Specialties: DEAN, DIR, VP
Jan Walbert
55 Harry Kemp Way
Provincetown, MA 02657
Telephone: 212-542-3209

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting
Myers McRae has earned a national reputation for excellence, consistently identifying and recruiting talented academic and administrative leaders in higher education. Each member of the Myers McRae team has deep knowledge and specialized experience in working in and with higher education institutions. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Emily Myers
515 Mulberry Street
Suite 200
Macon, GA 31201
Telephone: 478-330-6222
Fax: 478-330-5611

Odgers Berndtson
For over 50 years, Odgers Berndtson has helped some of the world's biggest and best organizations find the senior talent to drive their agendas. We deliver executive search, assessment and development to institutions and organizations around the world. It is because of our deep, non-transactional and lasting partnerships that our clients can acquire, develop and retain their strongest leaders. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, SPO, VP
Nicholas Brill
175 Federal Street
12th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: 617-413-5984
Fax: 617-753-9330

Parker Executive Search
Parker Executive Search is a leading global retained executive search firm. We have a national and international client base including college and universities, intercollegiate athletics programs and sports businesses, nationally-recognized academic health science centers, hospitals/health systems, Fortune 500 corporations, privately held startups, and best-in-class not-for-profits. Quality, professionalism, integrity, confidentiality and personalized service are at the core of who we are and what we do. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Laurie Wilder
Five Concourse Parkway
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Telephone: 770-804-1996

R. William Funk & Associates
R. William Funk & Associates, is recognized for its unparalleled record in recruiting many of the nation's most esteemed college and university leaders. During the past two decades, no higher education search firm has had a greater impact on college and university leadership nationally than RWFA and its consultants. We have conducted many of the most important university and system President, Provost, VP, and Dean searches in the nation. RWFA was founded on the belief that we are partners with our clients, working towards a mutual goal of advancing the universities and colleges we serve. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, DEAN, GC, VP
Robert Funk
2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75219
Telephone: 214-522-1222
Fax: 214-295-3312

Registry for College and University Presidents
Founded in 1992, the Registry is the "Gold Standard" interim leadership firm in higher education. The Registry has contracts with over 600 former college and university presidents and senior administrators, in over 49 states, all of whom have been selected for membership based upon nominations and pre-screening evaluations. Experience confirms that the Registry interim function increases the probability of success for the permanent president or senior administrator. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, GC, SPO, VP
Bryan Carlson
3 Centennial Drive
Peabody, MA 01960
Telephone: 978-532-4090
Fax: 978-538-7544

Rent Consulting Group, LLC
Rent Consulting Group, LLC (RCG), founded in 2004, is, by design, a small firm that specializes in executive search services exclusively for higher education. To assure the highest quality of consultation services in the search process, all of our consultants have extensive experience as both faculty and administrators in higher education and related regional and national organizations. RCG employs a team approach to all searches, so both RCG principals are usually involved in all searches. Specialties: CAO, CEO, CHAIR, DEAN, DIR, VP
Clyda Rent
PO Box 230647
Charlotte, NC 28222
Telephone: 704-366-2388
Fax: 704-366-2303

Sage Search Partners, LLC
Established in 1999, Sage Search Partners is a retained executive search firm and consultancy serving higher education and non-profit institutions nationwide. We recruit exceptional talent for a wide range of leadership positions and develop lasting relationships with clients and candidates. We are founded on the principal that partnering - with our clients, with candidates, and with each other - leads to the best results in recruitment. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Paula Fazli
19 Hawthorne Avenue
Newton, MA 02466
Telephone: 617-964-0406

Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Summit is a boutique executive search firm dedicated to serving the higher education and non-profit sectors nationwide. In addition to offering traditional retained search, Summit offers a sourcing model where clients can select components of the search process at an hourly rate or fixed fee. All searches include strategies to identify and attract passive candidates and diverse candidates. Based in Asheville, NC, Summit has a team of experienced recruiting consultants in locations across the country including NY, NC, CO and CA. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Carrie Coward
P.O. Box 9824
Asheville, NC 28815
Telephone: 828-669-3850

The Spelman & Johnson Group
Spelman Johnson is a premier executive search firm serving higher education. Recruiting talented leaders, Spelman Johnson's success is strengthened by their deep, diverse relationships and their investment in the development of a leadership pipeline. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, SPO, VP
Ellen Hefferman
3 Chapman Avenue
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-529-2895

William Spelman Executive Search
WSES is an internationally recognized retained search firm with over 25 years of successful search services working with private and public institutions. Identifying and recruiting successful senior level professionals to fulfill institutional missions and strategic plans. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CFO, CIO, DEAN, DIR, SPO, VP
William Spelman
667 Midship Circle
Webster, NY 14580-3916

For over 45 years, Witt/Kieffer has been the nation's leader in executive search for education and healthcare. Witt/Kieffer specializes in senior-level executive search assignments for higher education, healthcare and not-for-profit organizations. Our mission is to identify outstanding leadership solutions for organizations committed to improving the quality of life. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Lucy Leske
2015 Spring Road
Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Telephone: 630-575-6164
Fax: 630-990-1257