Academic Search


For four decades, Academic Search has served as the leader in the design and implementation of search processes for presidents and senior administrators at colleges and universities throughout the country. We have built a dossier of premier clients and earned a reputation for integrity, confidentiality, and quality. Since our inception, we have completed more than 700 presidential searches, and in the past three years have conducted more than 50 provost and 60 dean searches. Academic Search prides itself on the following five-year retention rate for individuals we have helped place: 91 percent of all presidential searches; 81 percent of all vice-presidential searches; and 89 percent of all dean searches.

What further distinguishes our firm from other agencies is our commitment to leadership on behalf of our clients, which extends to our dedication to leadership development.   Based in Washington, D.C., Academic Search is the wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership identification, development, and support programs to academic leaders in various administrative positions across all sectors of higher education, but particularly for members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the organizations that founded AALI.  This relationship strengthens the ongoing commitment by Academic Search to leadership development as well as the identification of outstanding candidates for positions.

Completed Searches



Academic Search Places President at St. Mary’s University

Many academic recruiting specialists say business has never been better. Even smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels. With so much activity, it seems, talent demand is far outstripping the supply. In recent months, a number of top schools have announced that they are looking for new, high-profile leaders

Academic Search President Mount Saint Mary College

Academic Search Seeks New President for Mount Saint Mary College

Academic institutions continue to pump big fees into the coffers of executive search firms nationwide. Many academic recruiting specialists say business has never been better. Even smaller recruiting outfits have multiple assignments running concurrently, all at the senior levels. With so much activity, it seems, talent demand is far outstripping the supply. In recent months,

Savannah State University Taps Academic Search to Lead Hunt for Provost

The hunt for university leadership has been heating up, especially the search for provosts and chancellors. Among the latest, Savannah State University (SSU) is seeking its next provost and vice president of academic affairs. The school has turned to Academic Search to fill the role. Senior consultants Mac A. Stewart and Maya Kirkhope are leading the assignment. Savannah State

Academic Search Seeking Provost for Saint Mary’s College

Colleges and universities across the country are preparing for September and a new academic year. For many of them, that means commencing searches that will deliver high-profile leaders to lead them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, in many cases, globalization. Among the latest, Saint Mary’s College, is seeking its next provost and

Executive Search Industry Leaders Offer Up Bold Predictions

Predicting the future could practically be its own business sector. Whether the prognostications are coming from the Magic 8-Ball, Punxsutawney Phil or CNBC’s Jim Cramer, people want to know what lies ahead. So it was that Hunt Scanlon Media rounded up a collection of soothsayers from the search industry to provide their insights about the changes that


Academic Search Assists with Ivy League Leadership Searches

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8, 2017 — Academic Search, Inc., celebrated its 40th anniversary of conducting higher education leadership searches in 2016. Now it starts 2017 by celebrating some Ivy League successes. On February 1st, Cornell University announced that it was appointing Madelyn F. Wessel as the next University Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation. Academic Search’s Vice

Utah Valley University Appoints New Dean

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 11, 2017 — Utah Valley University has appointed Saeed Moaveni as the new dean of the College of Technology and Computing, effective May 1. Moaveni comes from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he has been serving as professor of mechanical engineering. “Dr. Moaveni is an accomplished engineer and academic administrator with a commitment to

Mount Mary University Appoints President

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 30, 2016 — Dr. Christine Pharr, a higher education administrator with more than 20 years of experience, has been named the twelfth president of Mount Mary University. Dr. Pharr will assume her duties as president in July 2017 when President Dr. Eileen Schwalbach steps down; Dr. Schwalbach served as president since 2008. For the

CSU Chico Appoints Provost

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 23, 2016 — California State University, Chico has named Debra Larson as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs, following a three-month nationwide search. Larson will begin her position March 1. Larson has previously served with distinction as an educational leader at two institutions of higher education. She comes to CSU, Chico from

Lyon College Names New President

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, 2016 — The Lyon College Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. W. Joseph (Joey) King will become the 18th president of Lyon. He will succeed Dr. Donald V. Weatherman, who is retiring. King and his family will move to Batesville next summer, and he will begin work July 1. “The Board of