Academic Search


For four decades, Academic Search has served as the leader in the design and implementation of search processes for presidents and senior administrators at colleges and universities throughout the country. We have built a dossier of premier clients and earned a reputation for integrity, confidentiality, and quality. Since our inception, we have completed more than 700 presidential searches, and in the past three years have conducted more than 50 provost and 60 dean searches. Academic Search prides itself on the following five-year retention rate for individuals we have helped place: 91 percent of all presidential searches; 81 percent of all vice-presidential searches; and 89 percent of all dean searches.

What further distinguishes our firm from other agencies is our commitment to leadership on behalf of our clients, which extends to our dedication to leadership development.   Based in Washington, D.C., Academic Search is the wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership identification, development, and support programs to academic leaders in various administrative positions across all sectors of higher education, but particularly for members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the organizations that founded AALI.  This relationship strengthens the ongoing commitment by Academic Search to leadership development as well as the identification of outstanding candidates for positions.

Completed Searches



Academic Search Recruits General Counsel for Dartmouth College

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has placed Sandhya Subramanian as general counsel of Dartmouth College. Vice president and senior consultant William Howard led the recruiting process, which included reviewing institutional needs, candidate recruitment, candidate assessment & selection, interviews and overall talent management guidance. “Dartmouth College has made an excellent choice in Sandhya,” said Mr. Howard. “Dartmouth is an

Cal State University Picks Academic Search to Land Provost

With the new school year well underway, education-focused recruitment specialist Academic Search has been retained by California State University Channel Islands (CI) to lead its search for a provost. Senior consultant Dr. Ann Die Hasselmo is leading the assignment. The CI provost position opened up when former provost Gayle Hutchinson, Ed.D., was appointed president of California State University,

PRAXI Alliance Adds GattiHR and Academic Search As Member Firms

Global search consortium PRAXI Alliance Worldwide Executive Search has added GattiHR and Academic Search International as its newest member firms. The PRAXI Alliance global network now spans four continents, 21 countries and 57 offices worldwide. With offices in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia, GattiHR specializes in executive search, workforce analytics and HR technology services. The firm’s workforce analytical services are offered in key

Academic Search Retained by Wright State to Find New Leader

With the new school year underway, education-focused recruiter Academic Search has been retained by Wright State University in Ohio to lead its search for a new president. David R. Hopkins will retire as president when his contract expires next June. Senior consultants Dr. Jerry M. Israel and Dr. Mac A. Stewart will lead the assignment. “The selection of a highly

University President Tapped to Run Academic Search

Washington, D.C.-headquartered Academic Search has appointed L. Jay Lemons as its president, effective a year from this coming July. Currently in his 16th year as president of Susquehanna University, he will succeed Jessica Kozloff, who will remain with the firm as a senior consultant. Mr. Lemons began his higher education career in student affairs at Nebraska


Academic Search Assists with Ivy League Leadership Searches

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8, 2017 — Academic Search, Inc., celebrated its 40th anniversary of conducting higher education leadership searches in 2016. Now it starts 2017 by celebrating some Ivy League successes. On February 1st, Cornell University announced that it was appointing Madelyn F. Wessel as the next University Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation. Academic Search’s Vice

Utah Valley University Appoints New Dean

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 11, 2017 — Utah Valley University has appointed Saeed Moaveni as the new dean of the College of Technology and Computing, effective May 1. Moaveni comes from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he has been serving as professor of mechanical engineering. “Dr. Moaveni is an accomplished engineer and academic administrator with a commitment to

Mount Mary University Appoints President

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 30, 2016 — Dr. Christine Pharr, a higher education administrator with more than 20 years of experience, has been named the twelfth president of Mount Mary University. Dr. Pharr will assume her duties as president in July 2017 when President Dr. Eileen Schwalbach steps down; Dr. Schwalbach served as president since 2008. For the

CSU Chico Appoints Provost

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 23, 2016 — California State University, Chico has named Debra Larson as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs, following a three-month nationwide search. Larson will begin her position March 1. Larson has previously served with distinction as an educational leader at two institutions of higher education. She comes to CSU, Chico from

Lyon College Names New President

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, 2016 — The Lyon College Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. W. Joseph (Joey) King will become the 18th president of Lyon. He will succeed Dr. Donald V. Weatherman, who is retiring. King and his family will move to Batesville next summer, and he will begin work July 1. “The Board of