WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2020 – AGB Search, a national leader in higher education executive search, has announced that Executive Search Consultant Alan Crist, Ph.D., has been appointed interim director of the firm’s Compensation Evaluation Service (CES) division. As interim director of CES, Crist will provide expert guidance to higher education institutions in identifying appropriate compensation packages — based on verified industry data — for new leaders.

Crist has nearly 45 years of diverse leadership experience in higher education, with 11 years as the chief human resources officer for the University of Wisconsin System (UWS). With his work at public two-year, four-year regional, urban, and flagship institutions and university system administration, Crist has a unique perspective on public higher education and the related leadership opportunities and challenges, which makes him a valuable resource to search and screen committees, governing boards, and institutional leadership. Crist also currently serves as senior associate vice president emeritus of the University of Wisconsin System.

"With this appointment, I am delighted to expand my opportunity to assist higher education hiring authorities in the critically important tasks of recruiting and retaining outstanding leaders," Crist said. "Getting leadership compensation right is necessary to attracting and keeping strong leaders while ensuring prudent use of institutional resources."

Crist has served as an executive search consultant with AGB Search since 2015. His portfolio includes leadership searches for San Diego State University, College of DuPage, Minnesota State University System, and the University of Wisconsin System.

“Alan is an outstanding executive search consultant whose vast expertise in higher education leadership makes him a natural choice to manage our Compensation Evaluation Service division," Dr. Rod McDavis, AGB Search managing principal, said. “We look forward to the growth and expansion of our CES division, and to the continued excellence that Alan brings to our firm.”

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 700 searches at institutions ranging from small, private colleges to large public institutions and research universities.