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 Recruits Chief Internal Auditor at Dallas College

West Hartford, Conn.-based Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has placed Lori Cox, the former tribal administrator for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson, AZ, as the new chief internal auditor for Dallas College in Texas. Managing partner Jennifer Muller led the assignment for the search firm. “Dallas College sought a sophisticated senior financial executive

Academic Career & Executive Search Finds Dean for Texas A&M University

West Hartford, Conn.-based Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has placed Debra Feakes as the new dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas A&M University – San Antonio in San Antonio, TX. “Co-chairs Vijay Golla and Bill Bush sought to find a dean who could proactively take the lead in solidifying and implementing the

Academic Career & Executive Search Finds Dean for William Paterson University’s Business College

West Hartford, Conn-based Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has placed the new dean of the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Anthony Bowrin, a highly respected scholar and administrator with senior leadership experience at three internationally recognized business schools, joined the university this summer. “Search committee co-chairs Jonathan Lincoln and

Academic Career & Executive Search Seeks Two Campus Presidents for Dallas College

West Hartford, Conn-based  Academic Career & Executive Search has been chosen to find two campus presidents for Dallas College in Texas. One will lead the school’s El Centro campus; the other will oversee the Mountain View campus. Leading the assignment is managing partner Jennifer Muller. Each Dallas College campus offers unique opportunities in size, setting, location

Press Releases

Academic Career & Executive Search Congratulates The University of Rhode Island (URI) on Founding Director, IT Research Computing Services

(Dec. 22, 2020) Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) proudly announces the completion of their search for Founding Director, IT Research Computing Services at The University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, RI. URI welcomed Gaurav Khanna, Ph.D. to the role in October 2020. The University of Rhode Island is a diverse and dynamic community

Academic Career & Executive Search Congratulates Dallas College on New Chief Internal Auditor (CIA)

(Dec. 17, 2020) Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) proudly announces the completion of their search for Chief Internal Auditor at Dallas College in Dallas, TX. Dallas College welcomed Lori Cox to the role in October 2020. Dallas College, formerly known as Dallas County Community College District, has served the community for over 50 years

Academic Career & Executive Search Congratulates North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (N.C. A&T) State University on New Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

(Dec. 7, 2020) Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) proudly announces the completion of their search for Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. North Carolina A&T welcomed Christina K. Brogdon to the role in September 2020. North Carolina A&T State University offers a high-quality, stimulating

Academic Career & Executive Search Congratulates Elmira College on New Vice President of Finance & Administration (VPFA)

(Dec. 7, 2020) Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) proudly announces the completion of their search for Vice President of Finance & Administration at Elmira College in Elmira, NY. Elmira College welcomed Mr. C. Edward Ashley to the role in September 2020. Grounded in liberal arts and sciences, Elmira College provides a collaborative and supportive

Academic Career & Executive Search Congratulates Norwalk Community College (NCC) on New Dean of Academic Affairs

(Dec. 7, 2020) Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) proudly announces the completion of their search for Dean of Academic Affairs at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk Community College welcomed George Anthony Peffer to the role in September 2020. Norwalk Community College seeks to create a culture of inclusion and excellence through multicultural