Susan VanGilder


With more than 20 years’ executive search experience, Susan has identified and recruited leaders for a wide variety of institutions in the education and nonprofit sectors, in the United States and abroad.

Susan has conducted searches for presidents, provosts, vice presidents, and administrative and academic deans of colleges and universities, as well as senior leaders of museums, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations.

Susan brings a knowledgeable and well-rounded perspective to the search process, having held several key roles on the firm’s higher education and nonprofit search teams over the past decade.

Previously, Susan worked in the education practices of A.T. Kearney and another international executive search firm. Susan is currently based in the Washington, D.C., area but has lived and worked in Hawaii, Germany, and Belgium.

Susan’s prior work experience includes managing the information center at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and serving as liaison to its board committee on career opportunities for minorities and women. During her tenure at CASE, she coordinated numerous career development conferences for college, university, and independent school advancement officers.