About Us

Storbeck/Pimentel & 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.

Storbeck/Pimentel employs more than 30 consultants and support staff in two main offices (Los Angeles and Philadelphia), with affiliated offices in Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, and Virginia. The leadership team of our minority- and woman-owned firm includes Shelly Weiss StorbeckAlberto PimentelChuck BuntingAnne CoyleWill GatesSteve LeoSue MaySharon TanabeJulie TeaSusan VanGilder, and Ruth Shoemaker Wood.

Collectively, our consultants have more than a hundred years of experience in the executive search industry and have conducted approximately 2,000 executive-level searches for higher education and nonprofit clients over the last two decades.

We take pride in the deep knowledge, expert judgment and unparalleled integrity that we bring to each search.


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Part of our firm’s distinction is our commitment to partnering with the hiring manager and the search committee throughout the entirety of the search to understand the leadership needs and develop a position specification to attract exciting candidates from institutions around the world.

In our experience, interviews, referencing, background checks, and social media evaluations are each key elements to help the search committee form a complete vision of a candidate and how they may fit within the institution.

Our support does not end when a candidate is selected. Our consultants work closely with the hiring manager to advise on compensation, the must-haves of leading candidates, and best practices for a successful transition.

Solutions And Expertise

Since founding Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates in 2007, managing partners Shelly Storbeck and Alberto Pimentel have built a national firm with main offices in Pennsylvania and California and local offices in every region. Our expert partners and highly skilled staff believe strongly in the work that universitiescollegesindependent schools, and other nonprofits do, and in the value that great leaders of all backgrounds can bring.

  • Executive Search
  • CEO/President

News Briefings

Storbeck/Pimentel Recruits 21st President of Michigan State University

In the wake of the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar, which forced the president of Michigan State University (MSU) to step down, the school faced the challenge of finding a new leader. In September, it called in Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to lead the search for its 21st president. Yesterday, Michigan State announced that Samuel

Storbeck/Pimentel Recruits Provost for Colorado School of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines, commonly known as Mines, with the assistance of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, one of the nation’s leading boutique providers in the higher education space, has named Richard Holz as its next provost. Mr. Holz is currently dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University and will join Mines

Boise State Picks Storbeck/Pimentel for President Search

Boise State University has enlisted Media, PA-based Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to find the seventh president in its history. Managing partner Alberto Pimentel is leading the assignment. Six executive search firms submitted proposals to the school to be considered for the search. This is the second attempt by a search firm to find a replacement for former president Bob

Storbeck/Pimentel Seeks 22nd President for Allegheny College

Executive search firms continue to reap the benefits of an active education sector, which many academic recruiters report has never been busier. The action is especially heavy among the boutiques, with niche recruiting outfits handling multiple assignments concurrently at major institutions, all at the senior levels. If any slowdown is coming, it most likely will

Press Releases

Search for David Boren’s successor: University-employed firm plays major role in recruitment of next OU president

NORMAN, OK, February 25, 2018 – At the heart of the search for OU’s next president, one group unfamiliar to OU’s constituencies plays a pivotal role behind the scenes. Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm being paid more than $250,000 by the university, is responsible for much of the recruitment and vetting of David

The Search is on for a Presidential Rhodes Replacement

PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 5, 2016 — Rhodes hopes to name a new college president by the start of the spring semester. With the announcement of long-time Rhodes College president William E. Troutt retiring in June 2017, the school’s trustees appointed a presidential search committee, chaired by William J. Michaelcheck and Cary Fowler. In June, the search committee retained

Sweet Briar College Hires National Firm to Assist in Presidential Search

PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 8, 2016 — Sweet Briar College has selected the firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to help lead the search for the College’s next president, the College announced today. With offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Storbeck specializes in higher education executive recruitment for colleges and universities. The firm has conducted successful presidential searches for