Larry Ladd brings to AGB Search his extensive experience as a trustee, consultant, and financial executive for colleges and universities, including service as a chief financial officer and interim CFO. Mr. Ladd also brings his deep experience as a consultant, on governance, strategy, and finance, to over one hundred colleges, universities, and university foundations: financially strong and financially challenged, large and small, public and private, not-for-profit and for-profit. He has served as a trustee to large and small institutions, public and private.  

Representative Executive Searches

  • Clemson University Foundation - Chief Financial Officer
  • Hamline University - Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • National Association for College Admissions Counselors - Chief Financial Officer
  • Ohio University - President
  • University of Houston Downtown - Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center - Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance
  • Wayne State University - Sr. Associate Vice President, Finance and Deputy CFO

Experience and Honors

Mr. Ladd’s prior executive experience includes serving as director of budget and financial planning at Harvard University, chief operating and financial officer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, dean of administration and chief financial officer of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Tufts University, dean of the college of special studies at Tufts University, assistant provost for budget & administration at Boston University, and assistant to the president of Duke University. His expertise includes strategic restructuring/business model change, budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting and analysis, investment management, developing business plans, executive coaching, and enterprise risk management.

Mr. Ladd has served as a trustee at the University of Massachusetts, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Meadville Lombard Theological School, and Boston Architectural College. He has held officer positions including board chair, treasurer, audit committee chair, and investment committee chair.


  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst 
  • Received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Meadville Lombard Theological School
  • Participated in professional development programs in strategic planning and change management at the Harvard Business School