Georgia Yuan brings the ear of an executive coach and the judgment of over 20 years in higher education to her work as a search consultant. Institutions of higher education find her guidance and management of the search process produces strong pools of candidates who succeed in their positions. Prior to joining AGB Search in 2013, Ms. Yuan served as deputy under secretary at the U.S. Department of Education where she managed the higher education policy teams for the administration. Her deep understanding of colleges and universities is grounded in her work as general counsel to Smith College, 2003-2010, and to the University of Idaho, 1991-2003. Ms. Yuan received her training as a leadership coach at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership. Her work with candidates is enhanced by her coaching skills and further enhances the search process for institutions.
When conducting presidential searches, Ms. Yuan brings her considerable knowledge of governance and the importance of transition planning to the process. She was secretary of the corporation at Smith College and worked directly with the Board of Trustees. In 2014 she served on the Association of Governing Board’s National Commission on College and University Board Governance, which published the report “Consequential Boards, Adding Value Where it Matters Most.” She works effectively with search committees and trustees to ensure the smooth transition for a new president and transfers this knowledge to the transition work needed for all leadership positions in higher education.
Ms. Yuan has served as the Chair of the Board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Member Award from the Association. She was awarded the University of Idaho College of Law Faculty Award of Legal Merit in 2014, recognizing a career exemplifying the best in the legal profession based on demonstrated standards of integrity, competence, service and leadership through work as a legal practitioner, and service to business, state or national interests.
A consistent supporter of developing new leaders for higher education, Ms. Yuan has been invited to speak and teach at the Higher Education Resource Services Inc. (HERS) Leadership Training Institutes for Women, the Iowa Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference, the ACE Advancing to the Presidency workshop, and the Aspiring to the Presidency Leadership Program hosted by St. Anselm College.
Ms. Yuan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from Oberlin College, a Masters Degree in Applied Earth Science from Stanford University, and her JD from the University of Idaho.