Joy Yablonsky joined AGB Search in 2018 and brings 25 years of executive search experience garnered with top executive search firms and a diverse practice in higher education, legal and nonprofit. She serves comprehensive public universities, systems, and small private institutions. Ms. Yablonsky has led over 100 searches for senior leadership positions including provosts, deans, VPs for advancement, enrollment management, information technology, human resources and externally funded chairs and directors. Her expertise spans the health sciences, humanities, business, and STEM with extensive work in a myriad of healthcare specialties. She possesses well-honed skills for assessing an organization’s culture and identifying candidates who will align with the mission and strategic goals. 

Representative Executive Searches

  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences - Provost
  • Saint Anselm College - Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Northern Illinois University - Dean of the College of Health & Human Sciences
  • Clarkson University - Dean of the School of Health Sciences 
  • Eastern Kentucky University - Dean of the College of Health Sciences  
  • Loyola University Chicago - Dean of the Graduate School 
  • Indiana University Bloomington - Chair, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health 
  • Arizona State University - Director of Sanford School of Family and Human Dynamics
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University - Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
  • Baylor University - Associate Vice President for Development 

Experience and Honors

Ms. Yablonsky began her search career as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia office of a national legal search firm and was recognized for numerous legal placements that led to an exclusive staffing arrangement with DuPont Legal. She worked on multiple searches for attorneys in every practice area and short-term assignments in Europe. She has a thorough understanding of effective recruitment and selection strategies of senior-level executives and attorneys in higher education and the legal profession.

In the spirit of giving back, she supports advancing the future careers of today’s students by presenting pro bono career workshops. She has worked with groups of students across various academic curricula including Healthcare Policy, Biology, and Law. She has served many not-for-profit organizations and professional associations including leading family programs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

  • B.A. degree in Business Administration from Temple University 
  • Completed graduate courses in Journalism from Temple University