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.
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Academic Keys
Academic Keys offers three levels of executive search ranging from $40,000 to $9,750. Services are customized to client's needs and budget. Founded by former senior administrators, their only focus is higher education. Academic Keys develops a unique and custom tailored recruitment, advertising, and outreach campaign reaching both active and passive candidates, addressing the position and institution's unique requirements. Their strength comes from an expansive, diverse database of nearly one million candidates from top tier institutions and commitment to exceptional customer service. The team maintains extensive relations with faculty, deans, provosts, chancellors, and presidents from a wide spectrum of disciplines and institutions worldwide. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, VP
Jennifer Muller
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. As the subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute, Academic Search demonstrates its commitment to leadership development through direct support of a number of leadership identification, development, and support programs across all sectors of public and private higher education. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, DEAN, DIR, GC, VP
Jessica Kozloff
1015 18th Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202-332-4049
Fax: 202-234-7640

Ayers & Associates, Inc.
Ayers & Associates, Inc. (A&A) is an executive search and consulting firm with a focus on higher education. Since 1989, the firm has developed a national reputation for providing institutions and education organizations with exceptional services. The executive search and strategic projects for which A&A is engaged reflect the firm's commitment to diversity. A&A is a certified minority and small business enterprise. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, DEAN, DIR, SPO, VP
George Ayers
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway
Suite 803, Crystal Plaza One
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone: (703) 418-2815
Fax: (703) 418-2814

Brill Neumann Associates
Over 13 years experience providing higher education organizations with retained search consulting services. Specialties: CAO, CFO, CIO, DEAN, DIR, VP
Elizabeth Neumann
607 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 617-753-1810
Fax: 617-753-9330

C. V. O'Boyle, LLC
C. V. O'Boyle, LLC conducts comprehensive, national searches for academic institutions as they seek new senior leadership. We have a particular expertise in non-routine assignments that demand original research and direct, targeted recruiting. All of our searches benefit from the active involvement of the senior consultant in every stage of the process. The firm was established in Atlanta, GA in 2005 and relocated to College Hill in Providence in 2012. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Charles O'Boyle
305 Brook Street
Providence, RI 02906-1144
Telephone: (401) 919-5767

EFL Associates
Initiated in 1999, the EFL Associates' Specialty Practice in Higher Education has grown to become one of the largest academic search practices in the country. Our consultants apply their decades of higher education leadership experience to design collaborative search processes that suit the dynamics of the particular client project at hand. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, VP
Jason Meschke
700 W 47th Street
Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64112
Telephone: 913-451-8866
Fax: 913-451-3219

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. We can handle your educational staffing needs whether you are an elementary, secondary, or higher education institution. Many of our largest accounts are University systems, campuses, nonprofit organizations including associations, service, and cultural institutions. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, DEAN, GC, OTH, SPO, VP
Jan Greenwood
42 Business Center Drive
Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Telephone: 850-650-2277
Fax: 850-650-2272

Harris Search Associates
Harris Search Associates is a leading global executive search and board advisory consulting firm. Our practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine and commercial enterprises. Clients include the foremost universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers and commercial organizations driving global innovation and discovery. Specialties: CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Jeffrey Harris
4236 Tuller Road
Dublin, OH 93017
Telephone: (614) 798-8500
Fax: (614) 798-8588

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, CIO, DEAN, GC, SPO, VP
Ellen Landers
303 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 4300
Atlanta, GA 30308
Telephone: (404) 682-7313
Fax: (404) 577-4048

Hyatt-Fennell, Executive Search
Hyatt-Fennell, is a highly successful national and international executive 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. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, DEAN, DIR, 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 administrative 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 02210
Telephone: (617) 262-6500
Fax: (617) 262-6509

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting
Myers McRae has been providing the highest caliber of service, experience, and capabilities in executive searches for more than 30 years. Conducting national and international searches for clients, the Myers McRae team has a deep knowledge and specialized experience in working in and with higher education institutions. Tailoring services for each client's search, the firm employs a thoughtful, thorough approach to assisting educational institutions in selecting the leaders they need to thrive. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, DEAN, DIR, SPO, VP
Emily Myers
515 Mulberry Street
Suite 200
Macon, GA 31201
Telephone: 478-330-6222
Fax: 478-330-5611

Park Square Executive Search
Park Square Executive Search is a retainer-based executive search firm located in Cambridge, MA and in Menlo Park, CA. Park Square serves clients and institutions that are changing the world through discovery, innovation, and growth. Park Square works with leading biotechnology and high technology companies, major research universities and healthcare institutions, and venture capital and private equity firms, as well as their portfolio companies. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, DEAN, DIR, GC, VP
Jonathan Fortescue
101 Main Street
14th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
Telephone: 617-401-2981

Paschal Murray Executive Search
PaschalMurray is a specialized full-service firm that maintains a strict focus on positions in philanthropy. The firm is led by Colette M. Murray, J.D., CFRE. Since 1978 the firm has entertained talent search projects for every common title within University Advancement-including vice president, foundation leadership, major gift/planned giving, corporate-foundation relations and alumni relations positions.
Colette Murray
8311 Brier Creek Parkway
Suite 105
Raleigh, NC 27617
Telephone: 760-863-4512

R. William Funk & Associates
R. William Funk & Associates is the premier firm dedicated to higher education search consulting. Led by its founder and President, R. William (Bill) Funk, the firm is recognized for its unparalleled record in recruiting many of the nation's most esteemed college and university leaders. Mr. Funk is the best known and most widely respected search consultant serving higher education. He has been called the "guru of higher education recruiting" by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, DEAN, GC, VP
William Funk
100 Highland Park Village
Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75205
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, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, 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

RPA Inc.
RPA Inc., provides the highest quality executive recruitment, fund raising and management consulting services to all segments of higher education. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, RPA Inc. has served hundreds of institutions nationwide and overseas. RPA Inc. behaves as a representative and advocate for our client. The client's history and accomplishments, its mission, principles and philosophy and its potential for future development are RPA Inc.'s primary considerations. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Richard Allen
2895 South Reach Road
Williamsport, PA 17701
Telephone: (800) 992-9277
Fax: 570-321-7160

Sage Search Partners, LLC
Founded in 1999, Sage Search Partners specializes in executive search for colleges and universities nationally and internationally. 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

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LLC
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is a minority and female owned retained executive search firm specializing in higher education and the not-for-profit sector. Our team, led by Shelly Storbeck, Alberto Pimentel, Chuck Bunting, Sharon Tanabe, Anne Coyle, Steve Leo, Susan VanGilder, and Susan May has conducted more than 1,500 searches for executives at colleges, universities, independent schools, and non-profit organizations. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, DEAN, DIR, VP
Shelly Storbeck
1400 North Providence Road
Suite 6000
Media, PA 19063
Telephone: (610) 565-2910
Fax: 610-565-2939

Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Summit is a boutique executive search firm dedicated to serving education, healthcare and not-for-profit communities nationwide. In additional to offering traditional retained search, Summit offers an hourly sourcing model where clients can select components of the search process. Our searches include strategies to identify and attract passive 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
SJG - THE SPELMAN & JOHNSON GROUP partners with institutions to change the face of higher education one leader at a time. Since 1991, institutions have relied upon SJG for search assistance to fill critical positions in academic affairs, enrollment, student affairs, financial administration, and advancement. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, SPO, VP
Ellen Hefferman
3 Chapman Avenue
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-529-2895

Turnkey Search
Turnkey is an executive search firm that was founded in 1996 and has 18 years of experience in the sports executive recruiting business for college and professional sports. It has a staff of approximately 25 people. We focus on Athletic Directors, Commissioners and Executive Directors of Sports Organizations as well as Head Coaches and top athletic administrators on the collegiate level. Specialty: ATH
Len Perna
9 Tanner Street
Suite 8
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Telephone: 856-685-1450

William Spelman Executive Search
WSES is a 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. WSES maintains a 96% completion rate for all search engagements. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CFO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, SPO, VP
William Spelman
667 Midship Circle
Webster, NY 14580-3916
Telephone: (585) 787-9742

Witt/Kieffer is the nation's largest and most experienced executive search firm specializing in higher education, healthcare and not-for-profit organizations. Clients include colleges, universities, hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, medical schools, physician groups, life sciences companies, sports foundations, and community service and cultural institutions. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CIO, DEAN, GC, VP
Lucy Leske
2015 Spring Road
Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Telephone: 630-575-6164
Fax: 630-990-1257