About AGB Search

Advancing Higher Education Leadership

AGB Search offers executive search, interim search, and compensation evaluation services exclusively for higher education institutions. Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in 2010, we have an unmatched understanding of the qualifications critical for effective higher education leadership. Our affiliation with AGB ensures clients receive access to valued governance resources and training, in addition to our highly-regarded search services.

At AGB Search, we are dedicated to client success. We collaborate with clients to discover each institution’s unique needs, identify exceptional and diverse candidates, and help them find the right leader for their organization.

Our Difference is Our People

AGB Search’s Executive Search Consultants have extensive experience in higher education search, and many have served in college and university leadership positions. We have a team of Associates and Research Associates who expertly manage the search and vetting process, and our staff serves as critical support to the search professionals. Our track record provides institutional search teams with the confidence that their search will be successful.

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EEO Statement

The principles of Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are woven into AGB Search’s DNA. JDE&I is a core value of the firm and of our founding organization AGB. AGB Search demonstrates our commitment to JDE&I everyday in our search processes, the programs and services we offer, and in our own team. 

AGB Search is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that selects employees on the basis of their qualifications and work experience. AGB Search does not discriminate against any employee or candidate for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy), genetic information, age, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation. AGB Search strives to recruit and promote qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds, including people of color, women, veterans, and those with disabilities. 


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Melissa K. Trotta


Melissa K. Trotta
Associate Managing Principal and Senior Vice President for Client Development