Jean Kim


Jean Kim, Ed.D., joined AGB Search in 2017 following a 37-year career in higher education administration, specifically in student affairs and enrollment management, in both private and public universities. Dr. Kim has served as the vice president, vice chancellor, and vice provost at two private institutions—University of Hartford and University of Puget Sound—and five public institutions—University of Colorado Boulder, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Idaho, and SUNY Purchase College. She also worked as assistant dean and director at Stanford University and Western New England College.  Having served as a senior leader and member of Executive Cabinets at both private and public universities, Dr. Kim has extensive experience in leadership search processes: as the hiring officer, chairing search committees, and participating in presidential and other cabinet member searches.

Most recently, Dr. Kim has provided executive search  services for the following institutions:

  • Southern Oregon University – Interim Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management
  • Minnesota State University System – Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
  • Florida Institute of Technology – Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Radford University Carilion (VA) – Interim Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Earlham College (IN) – Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management

In addition to serving as the chief student affairs officer, Dr. Kim has taught courses as an adjunct faculty at four universities—University of Colorado Boulder, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Western New England College—in sociology, ethnic studies, organizational behavior, leadership, and counseling skills. She has also been successful in obtaining grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; she has also obtained grants from DOE TRIO and FIPSIE and has served as the principal investigator on these grants.

Dr. Kim has worked to enhance diversity in universities as an educator, leader, and administrator, and has also worked as a diversity and organization development consultant at Fortune 500 companies, including DuPont, Microsoft, Pioneer High Bred International, Applied Materials, McDATA, Storage Tek, FT Energy, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Kim received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and remained there to complete her Master’s in Sociology and Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.