Joseph S. Johnston, Jr.

Senior Consultant

Joseph S. Johnston, Jr. is Senior Consultant for AGB Interim Search and the AGB Search/CUPA-HR Compensation Evaluation Service. AGB Interim Search provides institutions, systems and university foundations interim cabinet-level leadership. The Compensation Evaluation Service, a partnership of AGB Search and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), provides benchmarking of executive compensation.

Dr. Johnston has overseen more than 100 interim searches for execution at all cabinet levels and for all types of positions. He has conducted compensation studies for over fifty colleges and universities.

Over more than three decades, Dr. Johnston has served in a variety of positions in higher education, including Lecturer in English and Assistant to the President at Bryn Mawr College; Research Associate with the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania; Vice President for Programs and Vice President for Education and Global Initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities; and Senior Vice President at The Washington Center.

Dr. Johnston is the author of numerous publications, including a series of three books on the integration of liberal and professional education and a book on international education.  He also co-authored A Complete Guide to Presidential Search for Colleges and Universities (Association of Governing Boards, 2013) with James P. Ferrare, now in its second edition, and Presidential Compensation: A Comprehensive Guide for Higher Education Governing Boards and Chief Executives (Association of Governing Boards, 2018) with Thomas K. Hyatt.

Dr. Johnston has served on a number of governing and advisory boards. These include the Board of Advisors of the National Security Education Program, the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina–Asheville, and the Board of Directors of the National Humanities Alliance. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Warren Wilson College for fifteen years.

A Virginia native, Dr. Johnston graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Randolph-Macon College. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. in finance and planning from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.