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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.
18 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. Executive Search: 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. Academic Career Services offers critical insight to aspiring higher education candidates. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Jennifer Muller
PO Box 370485
West Hartford, CT 06119
Telephone: 860-740-2600

Academic Search
For more than four decades, Academic Search has offered executive search services to higher education institutions, associations, and related organizations. Academic Search was founded by higher education leaders on the principle that we provide the most value to partner institutions by combining best practices with our deep knowledge and experience. Our mission today is to enhance institutional capacity by providing outstanding executive recruitment services, executive coaching, and transition support, in partnership with our parent organization, the American Academic Leadership Institute. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
L. Jay Lemmons
1015 18th Street, NW,Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
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. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, GC, SPO, VP
Rod McDavis
1133 20th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 804-514-1982
Fax: 202-223-7053

Diversified Search Group
Consultants from Storbeck Search, Diversified Search, and Koya Partners form the Education Practice of The Diversified Search Group (DSG), a single firm comprising a portfolio of search firms focused on specialized market sectors. Founded by women, the three firms are recognized leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. The Diversified Search Group family of firms also includes BioQuest and Grant Cooper, with niches in life sciences and academic medicine. DSG is the official U.S. partner of AltoPartners, an international alliance of executive search firms.
Maureen Hillen
2005 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: 484-263-5513
Fax: 610-565-2939

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 Centre 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, VP
Jeffrey Harris
4236 Tuller Road
Dublin, OH 43017
Telephone: 614-798-8500
Fax: 614-798-8588

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 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

Lincoln Leadership, LLC
Lincoln Leadership is uniquely positioned to influence the organizations that push society forward. We acknowledge this privilege and commit to transcend diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and deliver leadership capable of expanding opportunities. We encourage leaders closest to the problem to advance meaningful solutions.
Andrew Wheeler
1025 S. Farragut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Lindauer is a global search and talent firm with a true understanding of the nonprofit world and what it takes to succeed in its challenging environment. Our proven success across multi-disciplines includes higher and secondary education; hospitals and academic research centers; think tanks, research facilities and foundations; and advocacy, public service, social justice and other mission-driven nonprofits. Our client list today represents the most prestigious and innovative organizations.
Libby Roberts
420 Boylston Street, Suite 604
Boston, MA 02116

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
Site 320
Peabody, MA 01960
Telephone: 978-532-4090
Fax: 978-538-7544

Russell Reynolds Associates
Russell Reynolds Associates is an executive search team that helps clients identify and develop future-ready leaders who share the values of an organization and move the business forward. We take a broad, creative approach to identifying potential candidates. We evaluate candidates against both what your needs are and what success looks like across your industry. During the interview stage, we gather feedback and manage candidate expectations-serving as your trusted advisor throughout the entire recruitment process. Specialties: CAO, CEO, CFO, CHAIR, CIO, DEAN, DIR, GC, SPO, VP
Jett Pihakis
1700 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: 202-654-7870

Spelman Johnson
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

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

William Spelman Executive Search
William Spelman Executive Search is a retained executive search firm specializing in identifying and recruiting highly qualified and diverse candidates for executive positions in higher education. Our searches are rooted in the close partnerships we form with our clients, with whom we share a commitment to finding the best and brightest to carry out the important work of educating the world's future leaders. Specialties: ADV, ATH, CFO, CIO, DEAN, DIR, SPO, VP
Megan Spelman
667 Midship Circle
Webster, NY 14580-3916
Telephone: 585-750-7091

WittKieffer is the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm developing impactful leadership teams for organizations that improve quality of life. We work exclusively with organizations in education, healthcare and life sciences-the Quality of Life Ecosystem. Through our executive search, interim leadership, and leadership advisory solutions, we strengthen organizations that make the world better. WittKieffer is proud to be 100 percent employee-owned. Visit to learn more. 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