Monica Burton

A career executive search professional and leadership coach, Ms. Burton has spent more than 20 years placing and advising leaders in executive roles. She has worked across industry sectors from investment banking to nonprofit. In addition to leading president/CEO searches, she has placed HR, Finance, and IT leaders in a myriad of industries.  Since 2011, she has dedicated her practice to serving higher education. Ms. Burton's clients appreciate her dedication and astute ability in identifying, assessing, and recruiting the right talent for their organizations. Her experience in higher education search spans presidential, academic, and business officer leadership roles.

Representative Executive Searches

  • Cornell University and Cornell Tech - Multiple searches 
  • University of Alaska - Multiple searches
  • University of California - Multiple searches
  • University of Colorado - Multiple searches
  • Colorado State University - Vice President for the Division of University Operations and CFO
  • Washington University in St. Louis - Executive Director of Compliance & Audit
  • Yale - Executive Director, Internal Audit and Quality Assurance
  • Emmanuel College - President
  • Mount Mercy University - President
  • Spring Hill College - President
  • Carnegie Mellon University - Chief Information Officer
  • George Washington University - Chief Information Officer

Experience and Honors

As a leadership coach, Ms. Burton works with clients to help them discover the leadership aptitudes they might not know exist within and draw them out through one-on-one leadership coaching sessions. In these sessions clients explore your motivations, their leadership capacity, and their growth edge.

An avid supporter of the arts, Ms. Burton was an early board member and served as board treasurer of Keigwin + Company, a critically acclaimed, NYC modern dance troupe, while supporting individual artists in their creative pursuits. She is a member of the Advisory Board for GLUE, an early stage, peer-to-peer, dance education initiative.


  • Bachelor’s degree in French and Government from Georgetown University
  • Studied comparative foreign policy in Paris at L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • Certified in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership