Roberto Ifill


Dr. Roberto N. (Bert) Ifill comes to AGB Search following a 30 year career in higher education serving a number of roles, including teacher, administrator, funder and analyst at a variety of colleges, both public and private and other institutions.

Dr. Ifill has asssisted the search for:

  • Widener University (PA) – President

Dr. Ifill has taught Economics at Yale University, Williams College, Connecticut College, Macalester College and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, interspersing those stints with a number of administrative posts, including Assistant and Associate Dean of the College, Dean of Freshmen, Assistant to the President at two institutions, and, most recently, Interim Dean of Students. He has served in senior staff at three institutions under four college presidents and has complemented his direct administrative experience in higher education with a number of pursuits, including leading the strategic planning process at Connecticut College and chairing self study committees at Connecticut and St. Mary’s.

When he was not directly engaged on campus, Dr. Ifill has pursued his interests in the development of higher education and strategic planning. He was a program officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where his principal assignments included management of grant programs for liberal arts colleges, the development of research in the economics of higher education and the establishment of a consortium of independent colleges in the Appalachian region. He has also had residencies at the Brookings Institution and the American Council on Education, where he performed research on welfare reform and college financing through 529 plans. He has coordinated and/or drafted strategic plans for several non-profit organizations, and has served on six governing boards, primarily in the arts community.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ifill’s work has been informed by three themes: a commitment to shared governance as the keystone supporting institutions of higher education; a commitment to strategic planning, not just as a management tool, but also as a vehicle for institutional renewal; and a committment to building pluralistic communities, believing that this construction is not oxymoronic!

Dr. Ifill received his B.A. from Dartmouth College (NH) and his M.A., M.Ph., and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University (CT).