Ellen Meyer joined AGB Search in 2017, after serving as president of two art, design, media, and film institutions for 21 years. She is an experienced higher education administrator, having held various faculty and leadership positions. Throughout her career Ms. Meyer has led or supported interdisciplinary curriculum development, technological innovation, executive and faculty recruitment and management, strategic planning and partnerships, fundraising, financial planning and oversight, exhibitions, facilities design and construction, and trustee and community relations.
Representative Executive Searches

  • Chicago State University - Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences 
  • Columbus State University - Dean of the College of the Arts
  • Delaware College of Art and Design - President
  • Kent State University - Senior Vice President and Provost; Director of the School of Music; Director of the Fashion School
  • Montana State University - Executive Director of the Museum of the Rockies
  •  Pratt Institute - Provost
  • Texas Woman’s University - Vice President for Marketing and Communication

Experience and Honors

Ms. Meyer served as the President of Watkins College of Art in Nashville for seven years, where she was appointed President Emerita and subsequently President Emerita of Watkins College of Art at Belmont University. Previously, she served as President of Atlanta College of Art (Woodruff Arts Center) for 14 years, as Director of Continuing Education and Special Programs at Rhode Island School of Design, and as Vice President of Marketing and Extension at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 

Her career in the visual arts includes positions as the founding director of the keystone education program at the National Building Museum, the founding director of an inner-city ceramics program for the National Park Service (Washington, D.C.), and a researcher and lecturer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Archives of American Art. In addition, she led the formation of strategic partnerships with music entities, including Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, Warner Music Nashville, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and New Music America.

Ms. Meyer has served as Chair of the Board of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education; on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design; as President of the Mid-America College Art Association; on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s technology steering committee; and on the boards of the National Black Arts Festival, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, and the Midtown Alliance (Atlanta). She is an alumna of Leadership Music, Leadership Atlanta, and Leadership Nashville.


  • B.A. and M.A. degrees in art history and theory from the George Washington University
  • Certificate in leadership in public policy (year-long program) at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
  • Certificates in advanced management from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business, Executive Education Program 
  • Graduate studies in ceramics at Antioch University