Ted Marchese

Ted Marchese is a Consultant of Counsel at AGB Search.  Before joining AGB Search, Dr. Marchese was a Senior Search Consultant with Academic Search.  As a search consultant, Dr. Marchese has used his extensive networks and communication skills to bring several dozen high-profile searches to happy conclusion.  Clients cite his diligence, good sense, and astuteness about search as reasons for their success. Dr. Marchese finds that the practice of search becomes a way to advance values he cares about, including trustee effectiveness, diversity, regard for candidates, and search characterized by listening and communication.        

Dr. Marchese served 18 years as vice president of the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE).  While at AAHE he edited Change (higher education’s most-read magazine), the AAHE Bulletin, and directed a foundation-supported project that resulted in his widely praised publication, “The Search Committee Handbook,” 29,000 copies of which have been sold.  In 1998, a magazine poll listed Marchese among higher education’s 25 most influential leaders.

Dr. Marchese helped create the AAHE Assessment Forum as a center for leadership and thought on the topic, and launched AAHE's annual assessment conference, which attracted as many as 1,900 participants. Dr. Marchese led AAHE efforts to examine concepts of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) for university life; this led in 1996 to AAHE's Summer Academy, an annual five-day, 40-campus event held in the Rockies.  

Dr. Marchese spent 14 years at Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois, as a faculty member and administrator.  In the latter role his assignments included planning, institutional research, government relations, accreditation, and grants management.  From 1979-82, he was the College’s vice president for administration.

Over the years, he wrote many influential articles and editorials, including "The New Conversations about Learning: Insights from Neuroscience, Anthropology, Cognitive Science, and Work-Place Studies" (1997) and “Not-So-Distant Competitors: How New Providers Are Remaking the Postsecondary Marketplace” (1998).

Dr. Marchese has consulted or spoken on approximately 300 campuses and keynoted several dozen conferences, including seven abroad.  In 1994-95 and 2000-2001, he was a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He serves on advisory boards for NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Eckerd College, and AGB’s Trusteeship magazine. Dr. Marchese was an Eckerd trustee for ten years, resigning in 2009 to assist the College’s (successful) search for a Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Marchese is a New Jersey native with degrees from Rutgers (English), Georgetown (law), and Michigan (Ph.D. in higher education).  He worked in Washington, D.C., as a staff aide to U.S. Senator Clifford P. Case on the early Peace Corps staff, and for the American Council on Education’s Commission on Academic Affairs.