About Us

Storbeck Search & Associates is a retained executive search firm, specializing in higher education executive recruitment for colleges and universities, with additional practices in independent school and nonprofit recruitment. Our mission is to find the best leaders uniquely suited to address the needs of our clients while providing the highest levels of service and collaboration.

Shelly Storbeck founded Storbeck Search to focus on the highest levels of executive search in the education and nonprofit sectors. She has built a strong and diverse team and a firm with national reach, with headquarters in Pennsylvania and local offices in every region.

We share our clients’ belief that finding new leaders from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented is crucial to advancing society’s educational needs. Diversified Search shares that core value with us, and so we are proud to be a member of The Diversified Search Group.


Solutions And Expertise

Shelly Weiss Storbeck launched Storbeck Search & Associates after 12 years as co-founder and managing partner of one of the leading firms in higher education executive search. We work across the nation, with headquarters in Pennsylvania and local offices in every region.

Whether your institution is a college or university, an independent school, or a nonprofit, we bring unmatched focus and dedication to your search.

In addition to our comprehensive search services, we offer coaching services, including leadership assessment tools and personalized support for long-term individual and team success.

  • Executive Search
  • Associations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Education
  • Foundations
  • Government
  • K-12
  • Non-Profit
  • CEO/President

News Briefings

Executive Search Firms Adapt Services to COVID-19 Pandemic

A search assignment that was reported on last December has taken an unusual turn due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the U.S. The search for a new president of Wisconsin’s public university system, led by Storbeck Search & Associates, is making progress, even amid the current health crisis. Spearheading the assignment

Press Releases

Bucknell Welcomes New Vice President for Enrollment Management Lisa Keegan

March 10th, 2020 – Following a nationwide search, Bucknell President John Bravman announced March 10 that the University has hired Lisa A. Keegan as its new vice president for enrollment management. Keegan will join Bucknell on July 1. Keegan brings 17 years of higher education leadership experience from Elon University in Elon, N.C., to her role at

Distinguished scholar and global statesman Reuben E. Brigety II elected 17th Vice-Chancellor and President

February 28th, 2020 – Reuben E. Brigety II, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and former U.S. ambassador to the African Union, has been elected the University of the South’s 17th vice-chancellor and president by the Board of Trustees. The Rt. Rev. Robert Skirving, chancellor of the University

Phoebe Stein Named New President of the Federation of State Humanities Councils by the Federation Board of Directors

February 20th, 2020 – Arlington, VA – The Federation of State Humanities Councils Board of Directors announced today that Phoebe Stein, current executive director of Maryland Humanities, will succeed Esther Mackintosh as the new president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils effective May 1, 2020. Mackintosh will stay on as president until the end of April.

Diversified Search Acquires Storbeck Search & Associates

February 6th, 2020 – PHILADELPHIA – Judith M. von Seldeneck, Founder and Chair of Diversified Search, one of the top 10 executive search firms in the U.S., announced today that the firm has acquired Storbeck Search & Associates, one of the nation’s leading and most highly respected education executive search firms. Founded by Shelly Storbeck


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