About Us

Leadership. Impact.

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) is exclusively dedicated to higher education institutions. Recognizing the unique challenges of the education landscape, our flexible, flat fee search services cater to any budget level, without compromising on quality. Backed by a team of strong researchers, we take pride in generating robust and diverse candidate pools, ensuring the best-fit talent for every position. We possess an unparalleled ability to reach passive candidates, granting you access to hidden talent gems. We are skilled in filling even the most challenging and niche academic, leadership, and senior staff positions.

Our customer-centric approach sets us apart as our highly responsive team consistently ensures a seamless and efficient recruitment process, tailored to your specific needs. Our clients include 4-year universities, 2-year colleges, public and private institutions, R1 research universities, and liberal arts colleges.

Achievements

Solutions And Expertise

We offer multiple levels of search services designed to meet your needs and budgets, giving you affordable options for every position level from faculty to senior administration.

We offer a fixed fee rather than a sliding scale or percentage of salary. Eliminated are additional monthly, research, administrative, or hourly/per diem fees, assuring stable fees over a search’s duration.

Enhanced Search:

Our most comprehensive level of service. We are involved in every step of the process from candidate profile development to final reference checks. Four levels of vetting include candidate review, social media and Google background check, candidate questionnaire and prescreen phone interview. Interview coordination and reference checks included. Placement guarantee included.

Full Search:

A slightly more economical search service including all items in the Enhanced Search including the four levels of vetting (candidate review, social media and Google check, candidate questionnaire and prescreen phone interview). Interview coordination and reference checks not included. Placement guarantee included.

Candidate Generator:

Our most economical level provides all stages included in the initial work to build the candidate pool. It includes three of the four levels of vetting (candidate review, social media and Google check, candidate questionnaire) including salary verification. Search committees review qualified candidates, conduct video interviews, identify finalists, and make the hire. Prescreen phone interview and written narrative, reference checks or interview coordination not included. Placement guarantee not included.

Faculty Hire:

Developed specifically for single or multi-hire faculty searches and offers the ability to hire multiple faculty from a single search effort. This level provides all stages included in the initial work to build the candidate pool and two of the four levels of vetting (candidate review, social media and Google check along with salary verification. Search committees review qualified candidates, conduct video interviews, identify finalists, and make the hire. ACES maintains weekly progress meetings throughout the search process. Candidate questionnaire, prescreen phone interview and written narrative, reference checks or interview coordination not included. Placement guarantee not included.

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 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

Academic Career & Executive Search Seeking Chief Diversity Officer for University of Pittsburgh

West Hartford, Conn-based Academic Career & Executive Search was recently selected by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, to lead the search for the school’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Managing partner Jennifer Muller is leading the assignment. Reporting to the university president, the successful candidate will assume a critical leadership

Academic Career & Executive Search Seeks CHRO for Dallas County Community College

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of senior-level HR leaders across the nation. West Hartford CT-based Academic Career & Executive Search was recently tapped by the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) to help find its next chief human resources officer. Jennifer Muller, co-founder and managing partner, is leading the assignment. The Dallas County Community

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

Press Releases

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) Selected by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) for Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Deputy Chief Information Officer Search

(February 2024, WEST HARTFORD, CT) Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES), a leading higher education focused executive search firm, has been selected to recruit the next Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Deputy Chief Information Officer at North Carolina A&T State University.  Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner, will be leading the search.   N.C. A&T

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) Selected by St. Mary’s University for Director, MBA and Graduate Programs Search

(January 2024, WEST HARTFORD, CT) Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES), a leading higher education focused executive search firm, has been selected to recruit the next Director of MBA and Graduate Programs in the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner, will be leading the search.   This is a

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) Selected by The University of Texas Permian Basin for Chief Audit Executive Search

(January 2024, WEST HARTFORD, CT) Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES), a leading higher education focused executive search firm, has been selected to recruit the next Chief Audit Executive at The University of Texas Permian Basin. Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner, will be leading the search. This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly collaborative

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) Places Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Lawrence Technological University

(January 2024, WEST HARTFORD, CT) Following a national search, Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES), a leading higher education focused executive search firm, is pleased to announce the successful placement of Mary Schutten securing the role as the Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Lawrence Technological University (LTU).   Dr. Schutten is a

Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) Places Provost at Clarkson University

(December 2023, WEST HARTFORD, CT) Following a national search, Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES), a leading higher education focused executive search firm, is pleased to announce the successful placement of Christopher Robinson securing the role as Provost at Clarkson University. Robinson joined the Office of the Provost at Clarkson in 2020 as Associate Provost