Joy Yablonsky


Joy Yablonsky joined AGB Search in 2018. Her career has spanned twenty-five years of executive search and recruitment with top executive search firms including Heidrick & Struggles. She has built a diverse executive search practice over the last decade through establishing a boutique practice in higher education serving comprehensive public, land grant, large university systems, and small private universities, and led over 40 searches for a wide variety of senior academic leadership positions including deans, chief academic officers, senior vice presidents of advancement, chief information officers, chief medical information officers, senior vice presidents for enrollment management and chief human resources officers.  Most recently, Ms. Yablonsky has led senior level searches for St. Cloud State University, the SUNY system, Temple University, St. John’s University and University of New England.  She brings a depth of knowledge of academic disciplines, student desired majors, multidisciplinary initiatives and revenue generation in today’s competitive university environment acquired through the completion of numerous senior leadership searches.

Since joining AGB Search, she has conducted searches for:

  • St. Cloud State University (MN)  – Senior Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management
  • University of New England (ME) – Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; Director, Physician’s Assistant Program
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL) – Dean of the Graduate School

Ms. Yablonsky began her search career as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia office of a national legal search firm and was recognized for her numerous legal placements and strategic marketing that led to an exclusive staffing arrangement with DuPont Legal. Ms. Yablonsky worked on multiple assignments for attorneys in every section of the legal department, as well as short-term assignments both in the United States and England. She has a thorough understanding of effective recruitment and selection strategies of senior-level executives and attorneys in higher education and the legal profession.

In the spirit of giving back, she supports advancing the future careers of today’s students by presenting pro bono career workshops on campuses. She has worked with many groups of students across various academic curricula including Healthcare Policy, Biology, and Law. She has served on many committees for not-for-profit organizations and professional associations, and she currently works with family programs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

A graduate of Temple University (PA), she earned her B.A. in Business Administration and also took graduate courses in Journalism.