Richard Giese


Richard Giese joined AGB Search in 2015, following a highly-successful career of 39 years in private higher education.  Throughout his career, Dr. Giese has recruited, trained, and mentored many successful leaders who have advanced to roles of presidencies and other senior leadership positions in church related, liberal-arts based colleges and universities.  At AGB Search, he is sharing his expertise in matching outstanding, talented candidates with exciting opportunities in the academic world and has conducted searches for, among others:

  • Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges – President
  • Colby-Sawyer College (NH) – President
  • Fisher College (MA) – President
  • Graceland University (IA) – VP for Academic Affairs
  • Franklin College (IN) – Vice President for Finance and CFO; Vice President for Campus Life and Student Affairs; Founding Director of Physician Assistant Studies Program
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary – Vice President for Finance

Prior to joining AGB Search, Dr. Giese served with distinction as president of both Monmouth College (IL) and the University of Mount Union (OH).  At both institutions, he assembled energetic administrative teams that developed ambitious, far reaching strategic plans which resulted in major curriculum revision and innovation (including the development and implementation of graduate programs and revising the general education program).  Under his leadership, both institutions achieved all-time record enrollments and retention, successful capital campaigns (totaling over $200 Million), and the construction of numerous, new campus facilities.  Some of his specific campus development achievements included securing the resources to design and construct a library, a science center, a performing arts center and a chapel/auditorium.  In addition, both institutions under Dr. Giese’s leadership, built new housing villages, renovated existing residence halls, and constructed new athletic/recreation centers.

Dr. Giese began his career as a faculty member and coach at Averett College where, in his second year, he was named Dixie Conference Basketball Coach of the Year.  He then moved to the University of Mount Union in a similar position, before being appointed Vice President for Enrollment and later as Vice President for Advancement.  He then assumed the Presidency at Monmouth College, during which time the college experienced unprecedented growth campus wide.  He then returned to the University of Mount Union as President for the decade immediately preceding his joining AGB Search.  Upon his retirement from Mount Union, Dr. and Mrs. Giese were recognized by having the Giese Center for the Performing Arts named in their honor.