Jamie Ferrare is the founding managing principal at AGB Search. In this role, Dr. Ferrare helped to build and lead an extremely successful team of consultants, research associates and office personnel.

Prior to joining AGB Search, he was a senior consultant and past president of a Washington D.C. based search and consulting firm where he served for 10 years. Since 2000, he has led more than 100 searches for presidents, vice presidents and deans in public and private colleges and universities as well as church affiliated schools and independent liberal arts and fine arts institutions. Prior to his move to Washington, D.C., Dr. Ferrare was Dean of the School of Education at Drake University. As Dean, he successfully enacted what he taught in his faculty role, that of Associate Professor of Leadership and Adult Development. While at Drake, Dr. Ferrare led a string of successful searches for university administrators, faculty members, and high-profile school superintendents. Prior to his deanship, Dr. Ferrare was a faculty member and Assistant Dean responsible for policy development, budgeting, and student support. Previously, he served as Associate Executive Director of the School Administrators of Iowa and as Associate Superintendent of Schools for the nationally renowned West Des Moines Community School district. He also taught at public middle and high schools in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ferrare has a long record as a consultant in strategic planning, performance assessment and organizational development. In addition to his work with colleges and universities around the country, he has facilitated programs for diverse organizations including Bank Boards, multiple Chamber of Commerce Leadership Groups, K-12 public and private school boards, political caucus leadership teams and government employee organizations.

Along with Dr. Joseph Johnston, Dr. Ferrare co-authored the book, "A Complete Guide to Presidential Search for Universities and Colleges", now in its second edition, which focuses on best practices for presidential searches conducted by university and college presidential search committees.


  • B.S. degree in Education. M.S. degree in Reading and Education from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. degree in Education Policy and Administration from Iowa State University