About Us

AGB Search offers executive search, interim search, and compensation evaluation services exclusively for higher education institutions. Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in 2010, we have an unmatched understanding of the qualifications critical for effective higher education leadership.Our affiliation with AGB ensures clients receive access to valued governance resources and training, in addition to our highly-regarded search services.

AGB Search’s Executive Search Consultants have extensive experience in higher education search, and many have served in college and university leadership positions. We have a team of Associates and Research Associates who expertly manage the search and vetting process, and our staff serves as critical support to the search professionals. Our track record provides institutional search teams with the confidence that their search will be successful.

Our deep expertise, coupled with our commitment to our work, results in successful outcomes for both clients and candidates. We have completed more than 750 search assignments, more than 250 of which were Presidents or Chancellors. Fifty percent of our appointments are women or people of color, and 93 percent of our appointments stay in their positions for at least five years.

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Recent Assignments

Solutions And Expertise

Our deep expertise, coupled with our commitment to our work, results in successful outcomes for both clients and candidates.  We have completed more than 750 search assignments, more than 250 of which were Presidents or Chancellors. Fifty percent of our appointments are women or people of color, and 93 percent of our appointments stay in their positions for at least five years.

Solutions
  • Anti-Bias Training
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Assessment
  • Compensation Consulting
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Presidential Transition Support
Industries
  • Associations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Foundations
  • Higher Education
  • Non-Profits
Functions
  • Administration & Finance
  • Advancement
  • Advancement & Foundations
  • Community College Leaders
  • Foundations
  • Presidents & Chancellors
  • Provosts & Deans

News Briefings

AGB Search Recruits President for Maine Maritime Academy 

Washington, D.C.-based AGB Search, which specializes in higher education leadership assignments, has placed Jerald S. “Jerry” Paul as the new president of the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in Castine, ME. Mr. Paul, the current president of Capitol Access, a government affairs consulting company, will take office this spring. Nancy M. Targett, executive search consultant, and Concetta

AGB Search Tapped by Maine Maritime Academy to Find New President 

Washington, D.C.-based AGB Search, which specializes in higher education leadership assignments, has been enlisted to find the next president of the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA). Leading the search are Nancy M. Targett, executive search consultant, and Concetta M. Stewart, principal, executive search consultant. The president will be expected to work collaboratively with stakeholders to imagine the

AGB Search Assists Morris Brown College in the Recruitment of a New Provost

As the pandemic begins to subside in the U.S. and organizations collectively begin to get back on their feet, colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will allow high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization –

AGB Search Recruits SVP of University Operations for Fairleigh Dickinson University

As the pandemic begins to subside in the U.S. and organizations collectively begin to get back on their feet, colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will allow high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization –

Press Releases

Ensuring Institutional Success with Human Resources and Executive Search Firms

Why are top HR roles more important now than ever? Human Resources leaders in today’s higher education landscape are key to an institution’s success, with the primary responsibility of developing and managing a comprehensive talent strategy that advances the organizational mission. The pandemic continues to put an incredible strain on higher education institutions, thus a

AGB Search Places Director of Finance at St. Thomas Aquinas College

(Aug. 2021) Executivesearch firm AGB Search, LLC aided St. Thomas Aquinas College in placing Pascal Kabemba as the school’s next Director of Finance. Melinda Leonardo, executive search consultant at AGB Search, led the search. “After a national search which resulted in a robust pool of candidates, AGB Search is pleased to share that the St.

AGB Search Places VP of Admissions & Marketing at Manhattanville

(Aug. 2021) Executive search firm AGB Search, LLC has helped Manhattanville College find its next Vice President of Admissions & Marketing, as Troy Cogburn was hired for the position. Kimberly Templeton, principal at AGB Search, led the way in the search assignment. “AGB Search was pleased to assist #ManhattanvilleCollege with its search for its next

AGB Search Announces New Nationwide Searches

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2021 – Higher education executive search leader AGB Search announces its newest administrative and academic searches with deadlines in August, September and October: Hawai’i Pacific University, based in Honolulu, seeks an innovative leader to serve as dean of the College of Business. The successful candidate will build strong connections between the

Multimedia

Podcasts

Cultivating the Higher Education Leadership Pipeline

In this brand new episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ Hunt Scanlon Media host Rob Adams is joined by Dr. Rod McDavis, managing principal of AGB Search and former President of Ohio University; and Dr. Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor Emerita, State University of New York. Together, Drs. McDavis and Zimpher founded the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance

Blogs

Videos

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Voices from the Academy Video Series

President Joan Gabel, University of Minnesota
Dr. M. Brian Blake (Part 1), George Washington University; COVID, Black Lives Matter
Dr. M. Brian Blake (Part 2); George Washington University; Enrollment & Campus Engagement
Dr. M. Brian Blake (Part 3), George Washington University; The Role of Provost
President Keith Whitfield, University of Nevada, Las Vegas