AGB Search Expands Team with Addition of Three New Principals/Executive Search Consultants

New consultants bring diverse backgrounds and experiences to executive search firm

Washington, D.C. – February 4, 2020 –Washington D.C.-based higher education search firm AGB Search welcomes three new leadership team members to its roster of higher education professionals. Monica Burton, Peggy Plympton, Ed.D., and Concetta Stewart, Ph.D., join as principals/executive search consultants. AGB Search provides permanent search, interim search and compensation evaluation services to universities, colleges and related institutions.

“AGB Search is very pleased to expand our team of search experts with these talented, experienced industry leaders,” Dr. Rod McDavis, AGB Search managing principal, said. “We look forward to collaborating with Monica, Peggy and Concetta and continuing to expand our capabilities.”

Burton has enjoyed a 20-year career in executive search during which she has recruited senior leaders across diverse industries. Prior to joining AGB Search, Burton was a partner in the education and nonprofit practices at a leading global search firm. While early experience included work with Fortune 500 companies and pre-eminent private equity firms, Burton has always dedicated a portion of her practice to serving mission-driven organizations in education, the nonprofit sector and healthcare. Her experience in higher education search spans presidential, academic and business officer leadership roles.

Plympton joins AGB Search after serving in a similar role for the higher education practice of a global search firm. She previously served as deputy chair and acting chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Prior to her time at NEH, Plympton was a consultant at a well-known search firm within the higher education and nonprofit practice. There she supported nationwide searches for a range of positions in higher education administration. She also served as vice president for finance and administration at Lehigh University and Bucknell University and held administrative and finance roles at Yale University, Wellesley College and Harvard University. 

Stewart brings more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education with particular expertise in academic affairs, program development, the arts, technology and communications. She has extensive knowledge of the executive search process and has assisted in over 40 senior-level searches prior to joining AGB Search. Stewart has also served higher education institutions in several different roles, notably as interim president and provost of Mercy College and as dean at Temple University and Pratt Institute. Additionally, Stewart has served as trustee of The American College of Greece for more than a decade, including service as chair and vice chair.

AGB Search principals and executive search consultants offer high-level expertise in identifying and securing leaders for higher education; many have served as institution presidents, senior executives and board members. 

About AGB Search
AGB Search, based in Washington, D.C., specializes in providing tailored services, including permanent search, interim search, and compensation evaluation, to higher education institutions. Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in 2010, the firm has a unique understanding of the qualifications critical for effective higher education leadership. The firm has conducted more than 600 searches at institutions ranging from small, private colleges to large public institutions and research universities.