Brian Desmond

Brian Desmond joined AGB Search as a Research Associate in 2012. Since that time, he has worked on over 100 searches, including more than 50 presidential searches. He has also assisted with numerous searches for system heads, as well as searches for chancellors, provosts, vice presidents for advancement, vice presidents for finance and administration, and deans.

Representative Executive Searches

  • University of Minnesota – President
  • University of Iowa – President
  • University of Nebraska – President
  • University of Montana – President, Provost
  • University of North Dakota – President, Provost
  • University of the District of Columbia – President, Provost, Dean of Law
  • Southern University System – President
  • Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education – President
  • Louisiana Board of Regents – Commissioner of Higher Education
  • West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission – Chancellor
  • Nevada System of Higher Education – Chancellor
  • Arizona State University – Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise
  • George Washington University – Provost
  • Seattle Colleges – Chancellor
  • City Colleges of Chicago – Chancellor, Provost, 7 College Presidents

Prior to joining AGB Search, Mr. Desmond taught in Theatre and English departments at Pacific Lutheran University, University of California at Santa Barbara, Washington & Lee University, and George Mason University. Earlier in his career, Mr. Desmond served as the Artistic Director of Theatre at Lime Kiln in Lexington, Virginia, and as the Producing/Artistic Director of the Washington Shakespeare Company in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as a professional actor, director, and playwright at theatres throughout the country, has credits in film and television, and has recorded dozens of books on tape. Mr. Desmond was born in Cyprus and has lived in Iran, Ecuador, Madagascar, Okinawa, England, and various places throughout the United States.


  • B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University