Kimberly S. Templeton

Kimberly Templeton, J.D. joined AGB Search as a Principal with 25 years of experience as an executive search professional in the higher education, nonprofit, and legal sectors; advancement leader, and corporate attorney. Ms. Templeton has partnered with private and public institutions, including liberal arts colleges, leading public research universities, private universities, faith-based institutions, and academic medical centers, to identify senior leaders. She has served clients including American University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, George Mason University, Rider University, Seton Hall University, Stony Brook University, University of Arizona, University of California, Riverside, University of Maryland, University of Southern California, University of Washington, and Yeshiva University, among others. Ms. Templeton is recognized for her ability to recruit high caliber candidates, superior search execution, client partnerships, and aptitude to identify and communicate a client institution’s unique culture, opportunities and challenges in a compelling manner. 

Ms. Templeton has particular experience in the higher education advancement sector, having led senior level searches for advancement leadership/chief advancement officers, central functions (campaign, major/principal gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundations relations, annual giving, finance and operations, and talent management), and unit-based roles for institutions and their related foundations. She has recruited for schools of medicine, business, law, education, arts and sciences, environment, engineering, and more; research units, and alumni associations.

Prior to joining AGB Search, Ms. Templeton served as Vice President and Practice Director for Higher Talent, Inc., a boutique advancement executive search firm serving mission-oriented institutions, and as Director of Business and Candidate Development for Garrison & Sisson, a prominent attorney search and consulting firm.

Previously, Ms. Templeton spent nine years as an advancement leader in her role as Director of External Affairs for the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. A key member of the senior management team, she provided leadership and direction for the institution’s development, marketing and communications, and government relations programs, including a $66 million capital campaign.

Ms. Templeton began her career as an attorney with Cahill Gordon & Reindel, a prominent New York based international law firm, where her practice included corporate transactions and counseling, commercial litigation, and entertainment law.

Ms. Templeton received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College (Phi Beta Kappa). She holds professional certification as a lobbyist from the Association of Government Relations Professionals.

An advocate for individuals with Down syndrome, Ms. Templeton has served on the boards of nonprofit disability organizations and is a frequent speaker on inclusive education, including at the White House in 2015.