Nancy Targett, Ph.D., joined AGB Search in 2018 and has executive search experience at the director, dean, vice president, and presidential levels. Her work is informed by more than 34 years of executive service in higher education.

Representative Executive Searches

  • Arizona State University - Multiple Chair and Director Searches
  • Boise State University - Vice President for Research and Economic Development
  • Cornell University - Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, CALS
  • Field Museum of Natural History - Senior Director, Keller Science Action Center 
  • University of Utah - Vice President for Research

Experience and Honors

Dr. Targett served as Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and Acting President of the University of Delaware (UD). She also served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). 

At UD, Dr. Targett fostered campus-wide innovation ecosystems that expanded entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships at the institution. She led the team that formed First State Marine Wind and served on its board of directors for six years. She also expanded the footprint and portfolio of the Graduate College of Marine Studies to become the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and developed numerous academic partnerships. She received the Order of the First State from Governor Jack Markell in recognition of her contributions to the State of Delaware. 

At UNH, Dr. Targett promoted university relationships with external partners and focused on Initiatives related to recruiting and retaining students. She also worked to prepare students across the institution for entry into the workforce.  

Dr. Targett served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Consortium of Ocean Leadership, a Washington, D.C.-based group aimed at advancing ocean research and technology. She has held multiple elected positions for the National Sea Grant Program and served on several National Academy of Science panels, chairing two panels. She also chaired several fisheries committees during her federal appointment to the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. She currently has a federal appointment to the National Sea Grant Advisory Board.   


  • B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S. in Marine Science from the University of Miami
  • Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Maine  
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Delaware