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. We are committed to excellent executive search and developing the academy pipeline through leadership development. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, 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 compensation evaluation services to help assure fair competitive salaries. Each member of our consulting team brings years of experience as a higher education leader to the firm. We not only understand the demands of leadership, but also are deeply invested in supporting the next generation of leaders. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, GC, SPO, VP
Roderick McDavis
1133 20th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202-776-0856

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: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, OTH, SPO, VP
Jan Greenwood
42 Business Center Drive
Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Telephone: 850-650-2277
Fax: 850-650-2272

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, 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 & 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 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

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
For over 30 years, Myers McRae has provided the highest caliber of service and experience in executive searches for institutions of higher education, focusing primarily on the recruitment of executive and senior academic and administrative officers. 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

Neumann Executive Search Partners
Neumann Executive Search Partners brings decades of experience partnering with renowned colleges and universities across the United States and recruit exceptional individuals. Spanning academic and administrative areas, our expertise and process enable our clients to identify and attract talented leaders who will help define and advance the mission and vision of the institutions they join. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, DEAN, DIR, VP
Elizabeth Neumann
607 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 617-753-1810
Fax: 617-753-9330

Odgers Berndtson
Executive search and assessment services for a broad range of industries including higher education and academic medicine. Specialties: ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, 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.
Laurie Wilder
Five Concourse Parkway
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Telephone: 770-804-1996

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, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, SPO, 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, 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

Russell Reynolds Associates
Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning for boards of directors, chief executive officers and key roles within the C-suite. With more than 370 consultants in 46 offices around the world, we work closely with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today's challenges and anticipate the digital, economic, environmental and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Jett Pihakis
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-5810
Telephone: 202-654-7870

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 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 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