Peggy Plympton

Margaret (Peggy) Plympton joined AGB Search in 2020 after serving as Partner at Odgers Berndston, a global retained search firm. As one of the founding members of Odgers’ US higher education practice, Dr. Plympton supported non-profit searches nationally, in the UK, and in the Middle East. Dr. Plympton’s search expertise includes leading CFO/VPFA, Dean, Finance/Auditing, Human Resources, Information Technology, Real Estate, Compensation Services, and Compliance and Audit searches. 

Representative Executive Searches

  • Colorado State University - Vice President for University Operations/CFO
  • Eastern Kentucky University - Dean, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Saint Mary’s College - Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Trinity College - Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
  • University of Alaska System - Chief Financial Officer 
  • University of Illinois, Urbana/Champagne - Senior Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
  • Western Colorado University - President
  • Yale University - Chief Auditor

Experience and Honors

Earlier in her career, Dr. Plympton served as Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Prior to her time at NEH, Dr. Plympton was a consultant at the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer within the higher education and non-profit practice. There she supported nationwide searches for a range of positions in higher education administration.

She previously served for thirteen years as the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, where she oversaw the university’s financial and business functions, and supported board relations, institutional strategic planning, faculty engagement, and academic support. 

Dr. Plympton also served as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Bucknell University and held administrative and finance roles at Yale University, Wellesley College, and Harvard University. She is a past president of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) and received the EACUBO Distinguished Service Award in 2010.  Dr. Plympton is a recipient of a Fulbright Specialist assignment and a former board member of EDUCAUSE and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).


  • B.A. in Latin from Wellesley College
  • M.B.A. from Boston University in Public Management, with a concentration in Finance
  • Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, with distinction in the doctoral defense