About Us

Leadership. Impact.

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) brings game changing innovations for both institutions seeking candidates and candidates seeking positions. These approaches help universities and colleges get precisely the right talent, faster, at far less expense and academics make better career decisions. 

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. The firm works with the client until they find the right fit.

Academic Career Services: The firm helps academics understand and leverage their personal and academic assets. The outcome is a Precision Fit™ for them and the institutions. They cap all this with innovative compensation methods and broader search choices. The result is an entirely new search and selection roadmap. One with greater precision and affordability.

The heart of this paradigm is challenging basic assumptions and deep scrutiny of all the factors making careers successful. They bring in AI, neuroscience, psychometrics, mathematics & statistical methods, and modeling to help academics and schools understand their preferences, creating a degree of precision eclipsing current methods.

Jennifer Muller created Academic Career & Executive Search, her team of nine consultants have global search experience in all sizes and types of institutions: private, researchfaith-baseded, public and community colleges. Before starting ACES, Ms. Muller established the executive search business for Academic Keys. To assure high caliber and uninterrupted service, she brought along her consultants and augmented them with a cadre of higher ed leaders. The current staff has decades of recruiting and leadership experience.

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Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) offers menu driven, ala carte search services

Every search is different, every budget is different and one size doesn’t fit all. The firm provides you total flexibility to tailor your search to your needs.

The result, you pay for only the services you need.

The only constant – a unique search process driven by experienced recruiters, researchers and academics guaranteed to attract the ideal candidate. We work with you until we find the right fit.

They work for both the candidate and the institution using proprietary tools to find the perfect fit. No one does search the way they do.

Solutions And Expertise

Academic Career & Executive Search has six levels of search services designed to meet your needs and budgets, giving you affordable options for every position level from faculty to senior administrative positions.

Enhanced Search

Our most comprehensive search service works with you from candidate profile development through to candidate acceptance including in-person candidate review and analysis, interview coordination, and candidate negotiations.

Full Search

The firm is involved in virtually every step of the search process from candidate profile development to delivery of vetted candidates. You need only shortlist, conduct first round interviews, final interviews and present an offer. To save you money, the firm stripped away items often done by the institution including background and reference checks and interview coordination.

Candidate Generator

An economical service casting a wide net sourcing active and passive candidates. Traditional advertising expires in 60 to 90 days, our search services keep searching until you’re satisfied.

Multiple Hire

An economical service ideal for multiple hiring initiatives, this service reaches a broad base of active and passive candidates. Traditional advertising expires in 60 to 90 days, our search services keep searching until you’re satisfied.

Contingency Search

Designed for non-faculty positions like IT, the biggest benefit of this search service, you don’t pay the full fee until you hire your candidate. Why spend thousands of dollars on ads that expire in 60 or 90 days? With its service, the firm continues searching until you hire the candidate.

Interim Search

Our interim search service find you qualified candidates to fill your temporary hiring needs. They work closely with you to align the skills and characteristics of our interim candidates to your needs. On a weekly basis individuals are retiring or considering new employment options therefore, they continually recruit and renew our interim pools to guarantee you access to top talent.

Solutions
  • Board Services
  • Career Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Develop.
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Onboarding
  • Recruitment Research

News Briefings

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) Adds Higher Education Veteran
Academic Career & Executive Search adds Charles J. Fey

West Hartford, Conn-based Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has expanded with the addition of Charles J. Fey as an executive search consultant. Dr. Fey retired after a noteworthy 44-year career in student affairs and student success. He held a number of positions including: president for student engagement and success at the University of Akron, VP for

Academic Career & Executive Search Adds Former President of U of Maine
Academic Career & Executive Search Dr. Robert A. Kennedy

West Hartford, CT-based Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has expanded with the addition of Dr. Robert A. Kennedy as an executive search consultant. Dr. Kennedy has over 40 years of experience in academia, including six years as president of the University of Maine. He also served as executive vice president and provost at the

Academic Career & Executive Search Adds Former Tuskegee University President

In the wake of its launch earlier this month, Academic Career & Executive Search has added former Tuskegee University president Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon to its team. He brings 30 years of experience in academia to the West Hartford, CT-based recruitment firm. Jennifer Muller, ACES managing partner and lead consultant, said Dr. Rochon brings both

Academic Career & Executive Search Opens to Serve Higher Education Sector
Academic Career & Executive Search Launches

Veteran executive recruiter Jennifer Muller has launched Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES), a higher education search firm focused on high precision, flexible executive search services, career planning and candidate coaching. “Over the years I’ve learned institutions need more flexible search services,” said Ms. Muller. “Our new model offers six unique levels. For even greater

Press Releases

Academic Career & Executive Search Congratulates Jacksonville State University on New AVPEM

WEST HARTFORD, CT, May 11, 2018 – Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) proudly announces the successful completion of their most recent search for Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Jacksonville, AL. The firm congratulates Dr. Emily W. Messer who stepped into the position earlier this month. Founded in 1883,

Academic Career & Executive Search Applauds Missouri State University on New Department Head of Computer Science  

WEST HARTFORD, CT, April 27, 2018 –  Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) proudly announces the successful completion of their most recent search for Department Head of Computer Science at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. The firm congratulates the successful candidate and Missouri State University. Missouri State University, the second largest in the state, is

Academic Career & Executive Search Congratulates Henry Ford College on New Vice President

WEST HARTFORD, CONN., February 7, 2018 – PRLog — Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) proudly announces the successful completion of their most recent search for Vice President for Student Affairs at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, MI. The firm congratulates Dr. Daniel Herbst who stepped into the position February 1st, 2018. Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner and Senior Search

Academic Career & Executive Search Welcomes Dr. Susan E. Henking

WEST HARTFORD, CONN., January 5, 2018 – Dr. Susan E. Henking, former President of Shimer College joins Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES). Dr. Henking has over 30 years of experience in higher education as an administrator and faculty member, manager and leader, on campuses ranging from 100 to systems up to 114,000 and with organizations including

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