AGB Search Announces Dr. Jennifer Braaten and Dr. Kevin Reilly Join the Consulting Team

Washington, D.C. - September 1, 2016 - AGB Search is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten, former president of Ferrum College, and Dr. Kevin P. Reilly, former president of the University of Wisconsin System, will be joining our staff as AGB search consultants. In this role, Dr. Braaten and Dr. Reilly bring extensive networks and invaluable experience to our clients. 

Dr. Braaten has just completed a 14-year tenure as president of Ferrum College, the first woman to serve as president of the southwest Virginia institution. Under her leadership, the college improved numerous academic programs, added athletic teams, and increased both enrollment and the endowment. She was the architect of the most comprehensive small campus “makeover” in the region, helping to create new modular-built residence halls, an athletic complex, and major science laboratory additions. 

Prior to becoming president of Ferrum, Dr. Braaten served as chair of the board of trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS), the Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc. (EIIA), the USA South Athletic Conference, and The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). 

Dr. Kevin P. Reilly served as president of the University of Wisconsin System from 2004 to 2013, during which time he hired, oriented, and evaluated 31 chancellors and interim chancellors. Under his leadership, system-wide enrollment grew to an all-time high of 182,000 students and sponsored research expanded to over $1 billion annually. Both the number of transfer students and degrees awarded rose by 13%, and privately donated need-based student aid increased 124%.

Prior to his presidency, Dr. Reilly served as the president of the National Association of System Heads (NASH) and on the steering committee for four Wisconsin statewide economic summits.  He has been a member and officer of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), as well as a presidential advisor for leadership, and chair of the ACE Commission on Adult Learning and Educational Credentials.

AGB Search, an affiliate of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, is a leading higher education executive search firm that provides search, interim search, and executive compensation services to colleges, universities, higher education systems, institutionally related foundations, and higher education associations.

AGB Search, based in Washington, D.C., is the only executive search firm that specializes in all aspects of the higher education employment continuum. The firm identifies and vets exceptional candidates, helping to build the most effective, diverse leadership teams possible. Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in 2010, AGB Search has an unparalleled commitment to professionalism and quality. With a dedication to service and deep roots in the industry, AGB Search discovers what makes each institution unique and presents the best candidates for each position.