About Us

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.

Academic Search’s accomplished consultants have intimate knowledge of what makes a successful executive leader due to a combined 1600 years of higher education experience, and are unmatched in access to and knowledge about both current and rising leaders in higher education. The consultants leverage their extensive networks to gain access to a wide, diverse, and ever-expanding group of highly qualified potential candidates and referrals forged from relationships they developed from having previously served in campus leadership roles across the country.

Our Services


We understand that hiring qualified and effective new team members is critical to the life of any institution. As a trusted search partner, Academic Search is dedicated to providing service that our partner institutions can rely on unequivocally to achieve their recruitment goals and to support their overarching missions. We pledge to serve our partners with robust advocacy for their institutions and complete attention to their needs, while providing expert, ethical advisement and assistance throughout every search.


Academic Search has long been committed to enhancing presidential and executive effectiveness and capacity through executive coaching. Our Executive Coaching Practice is designed to make strong leaders stronger. Our coaches serve as trusted companions and guides, committed to helping the executives with whom we work accomplish their leadership and institutional goals. This partnership is an invaluable investment in institutional vitality and well-being as much as it is an investment in the executive.


The creation and execution of a well-structured transition and onboarding plan is imperative to a successful integration process. We work with newly appointed leaders and their institutions in assuring that all are equipped to succeed and to advance the institutions. Our collaborative process is built on the imperatives of culture, context, and relational capital and includes custom-designed workshops that quickly acclimate any new leader to key stakeholders and the campus and broader communities.

For more information, visit www.academicsearch.org.



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Academic Search is mission driven: We are institution builders focused on partnering with colleges and universities to assemble the best teams possible. We understand that hiring qualified and effective new team members is critical to the life of any institution. As your trusted partner, Academic Search pledges to serve you with robust advocacy for your institution, enthusiasm for your mission, complete attention to your needs, and expert, ethical advisement, and assistance throughout the search process.

One of the hallmarks of Academic Search is our use of a team approach that involves one or more senior consultants as well as a consultant and/or associate consultant. The team we propose for a search will have direct, hands-on overall responsibility for all consulting services provided throughout the search. This is a characteristic that distinguishes us from others and reflects our mission-focused approach. Our accomplished consultants are seasoned and thoughtful leaders who have an intimate understanding of what makes a successful executive leader as well as vast professional networks.

Biographies for other members of our team can be found on the Academic Search website at www.academicsearch.org/our-team.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Onboarding
  • Associations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Education
  • Non-Profit
  • Board/Governance
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • General Management
  • Human Resources

News Briefings

Academic Search Seeks President for Council of Independent Colleges

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has been selected to find the next president for the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C. Leading the assignment are senior consultant Ann Die Hasselmo, president and senior consultant Jay Lemons and consultant Jennifer Kooken. Richard Ekman, who led the organization for 20 years, announced last fall that he would

Academic Search Seeks President for Saint Elizabeth University

Academic Search, an education-focused executive recruitment firm, has been selected to find the next president for Saint Elizabeth University (SEU) in Morristown, NJ. Leading the assignment are: Jay Lemons, president and senior consultant; Maya Ranchod Kirkhope, VP for consulting services and senior consultant; Jennifer Kooken, consultant; and Kate L. Cusimano, associate consultant. The university’s current

Academic Search Recruits President for United Lutheran Seminary

Following an extensive search, education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has assisted the United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) in the placement of Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin as its next president. His appointment is effective Aug. 1. Bishop Erwin succeeds interim president, the Rev. Dr. Angela Zimmann. Bishop Erwin, the fourth bishop of the Southwest California Synod of

Academic Search Seeks New President for California Lutheran University

Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search  has been enlisted to find the next president for California Lutheran University. Jay Lemons, president and senior consultant; Stuart Dorsey, senior consultant; and Jennifer Kooken, associate consultant, are leading the assignment. Last fall, Chris Kimball, who has held the job for 12 years, announced that he would be stepping down at

Press Releases

Walsh Appoints Suzanne Siegle Provost and Executive VP

Walsh President and CEO Michael Levens, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Suzanne M. Siegle, Ed.D., J.D., as provost and executive vice president effective Sept. 14, 2020. As provost, Siegle will oversee faculty, academic administration and support services, online and remote learning, library services and institutional research. “Dr. Siegle is a dynamic leader who brings

Oswego Welcomes Ebony Dixon as Executive Director of Enrollment Management

(Sept. 8, 2020) I am very pleased to announce that Ebony Dixon has been appointed as SUNY Oswego’s first Executive Director of Enrollment Management. She will be joining us next week on September 14, 2020. As the college’s chief enrollment officer, Ebony will serve as a member of the President’s Council; oversee the Admissions operations

Xavier University of Louisiana Announces Appointment of Vice President of Institutional Advancement

(Aug. 26, 2020) Xavier University of Louisiana has announced the appointment of Phillip D. Adams as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA). As the VPIA, Adams will provide leadership to the University’s fundraising and development division and is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement initiatives. “This national search process was robust and

M. Susan Guyer Named Dean of Springfield College School of Physical Education, Performance and Sport Leadership

(Aug. 6, 2020) Springfield College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Martha Potvin announced that M. Susan Guyer, DPE, has been named dean of the School of Physical Education, Performance and Sport Leadership. Guyer had been serving as interim dean since January 2020. Guyer has been a faculty member at Springfield College since receiving

Gia Soublet, Ph.D., Named North Carolina Central University’s Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

(Aug. 5, 2020) North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has named Gia Soublet, Ph.D., as vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. Dr. Soublet will begin at NCCU on August 17, 2020. With 25 years of successful fundraising, development and nonprofit management experience, Dr. Soublet will serve as the leader of the Division of Institutional Advancement, one of


Talent Talks

The Future of the College Presidency

In this brand new episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ Hunt Scanlon Media host Rob Adams is joined by Scott Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University & Jay Lemons, president of Academic Search. In this exclusive podcast, Scott reflects on the evolution  of the college presidency over his 29 years in the industry and then provides an