AGB Search Names Dr. Melinda Leonardo Director of Interim Search Division

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 11, 2020 – AGB Search, a national leader in higher education executive search, has announced that Executive Search Consultant Melinda Leonardo, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the firm’s Interim Search division. The division was previously led by Joseph Johnston, who stepped down from the role in December. As director of Interim Search, Leonardo will oversee new business development, candidate recruitment and the search process for interim appointments. 

Leonardo has served as a search consultant for AGB Search for more than six years. She is the program coordinator for the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education, a program designed to prepare leaders for a higher education presidency. She also serves as AGB Search’s coordinator of training and orientation for a team of over 50 consultants. Additionally, Leonardo is certified and serves as one of the firm’s Predictive Index analysts.

“Melinda is an outstanding professional who brings both search expertise and a commitment to excellence to our firm,” Dr. Rod McDavis, AGB Search managing principal, said. “We look forward to the growth and expansion of our Interim Search division, under Melinda’s impeccable leadership.” 

Leonardo has more than 15 years of experience in executive search for higher education, assisting colleges and universities in presidential and vice-presidential searches. Prior to joining AGB Search, she worked with another search firm, where she was responsible for the firm’s marketing initiatives, proposal development, pitch presentations and contract negotiations. 

“During my tenure with AGB Search, I have had the opportunity to work with exceptional leaders from all facets of higher education,” Leonardo said. “AGB Search has such passion for the industry, emphasizing relationships with clients and candidates, and prioritizing quality in all we do. I am looking forward to expanding my role with the firm and being part of its exciting future.”


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.