Laird Desmond

Laird Desmond brings 25 years of experience assisting executive leadership searches in higher education. Since joining AGB Search in 2011, Ms. Desmond has assisted searches for a wide variety of positions, including president, provost, vice president for finance, dean of business, dean of education, chief information officer, vice president for university advancement, and director level positions within a university foundation. She has worked with independent liberal arts colleges, religious-affiliated colleges and universities, HBCU’s, comprehensive public institutions and system offices.

Before joining AGB Search, Ms. Desmond worked as an associate with the higher education practices of Heidrick & Struggles and Korn/Ferry International, and as a research associate with Academic Search, Inc. Prior to beginning her career in search, she was an analyst with the management consulting practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young). 

Ms. Desmond has been active with regard to sustainability issues in her community. She obtained a grant to fund and oversaw the installation of a rain garden at her son’s school, and has served as a member of her town’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. 

Ms. Desmond earned her Bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of William and Mary. She lives with her family in Tacoma, Washington.