Ted Marchese

Ted Marchese is an Executive Search Consultant with AGB Search. Previous to joining the firm he was a Senior Search Consultant with another leading firm specializing in higher education executive search.  As an executive search consultant, Dr. Marchese uses his extensive networks and communication skills to bring high-profile searches to happy conclusion.  Dr. Marchese has recently conducted searches for:

  • The Strategic Management Society - Executive Director
  • The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) - Chief Executive Officer
  • The Association for Institutional Research - Executive Director 
  • The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems - President

Clients cite Dr. Marchese's diligence, good sense, and astuteness about search as reasons for their success. He 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". In 1998, Dr. Marchese was included among higher education’s 25 most influential leaders. He helped create the AAHE Assessment Forum as a center for leadership and thought on the topic, and launched AAHE's annual assessment conference. Dr. Marchese led AAHE efforts to examine concepts of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) for university life, which led to the establishment of AAHE's Summer Academy.

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 has written 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.  

Dr. Marchese 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. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an 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.

Dr. Marchese is a New Jersey native with degrees from Rutgers University (English), Georgetown University (Law), and University of Michigan (Ph.D. in Higher Education).