Oscar C. Page joined AGB Search in 2010 as one of the firm’s first executive search consultants. He has successfully completed searches for more than 65 presidential, provost, chief executive officer, and dean positions. He also serves as a consultant to boards of trustees and presidents for supporting presidential transitions. Most recently, Dr. Page has conducted executive searches for:
Dr. Page became the 14th President of Austin College in 1994 and served until 2009. As President Emeritus, Dr. Page assisted in the presidential transition by serving as Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 2009-2010. In 2010, he was named by the President of Rollins College as a Presidential Fellow at the Winter Park Institute.
Before filling the presidency at Austin College, Dr. Page served for six years as President of Austin Peay State University (TN), and spent ten years at Lander University (SC), where he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and was appointed as Acting President for a term. Dr. Page also served as Dean of the College at Wesleyan College (GA) and was a member of the history faculties of the Universities of Georgia and Western Kentucky. As President of Austin Peay State University and Austin College, Dr. Page was responsible for identifying and recruiting the leadership teams for these institutions. His 30+ years of experience in building leadership teams and recruiting faculty at state universities and private colleges gives him a unique perspective that he brings to institutions seeking to fill executive and senior leadership positions.
Dr. Page has served on numerous boards including: The Association of Texas Colleges and Universities (past President); The Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (past Chair), The Council of Presidents of the Alliance for Higher Education (past Chair), The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, The Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, and the Institute for the International Education of Students. He served on the Appeals Committee and chaired the Criteria and Review Committee as a member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He chaired over thirty-five special or reaffirmation committees for the Commission on Colleges. He also served as President of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Commission.
In addition, Dr. Page has served on several national commissions, including the Presidents’ Commission and the Division III Management Council for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the American Council on Education’s Commission on Women in Higher Education. He received the Chief Executive Officer Leadership Award in April 2006 from District IV of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for his leadership in successfully completing a $120 million comprehensive campaign at Austin College.
Dr. Page, an historian, received his Bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky.