AGB Search Announces New Leadership Searches and Revised Search Deadlines

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2020 – AGB Search, a national leader in higher education executive search, recently launched the following executive searches:
 
Clarkson University, based in Potsdam, N.Y., has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its dean of Health Sciences. The University seeks an experienced, dynamic, entrepreneurial, and creative professional with a record of successful health science leadership. The search will be led by Joy Yablonsky and Thomas Kowalik, executive search consultants. Applications are due by May 9; see the Position Profile for more information.
 
Maine Maritime Academy, based in Castine, Maine, has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new vice president for academic affairs and provost. MMA is a co-educational career-oriented college of engineering, management, science and transportation with 950 undergraduate and graduate students and 300 faculty and staff. The search will be led by Concetta Stewart, principal; and Nancy Targett, executive search consultant. Applications are due by June 5; see the Position Profile for more information.
 
New York State Education Department, based in Albany, N.Y., has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new commissioner of education and president of the University of the State of New York. The Board seeks an individual who will bring visionary, transformative, inclusive, equitable, and decisive leadership to the position as the Board's chief executive officer. The search will be led by Jim McCormick, Janice Fitzgerald, and Tom Layzell, executive search consultants. Applications are due by June 8; see the Position Profile for more information.
 
West Virginia State University, based in Institute, W.Va., has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new president. The ideal leader will bring both stable leadership and dynamic changes to the University at a critical time in its history. The search will be led by Kim Bobby and Carlton Brown, executive search consultants. Applications are due by June 1; see the Position Profile for more information.
 
The following searches have revised application deadlines:
 
Dunwoody College of Technology, based in Minneapolis, Minn., has revised the application deadline for its new vice president for academic and student affairs to June 19. This cabinet-level leadership position reports to the president and works collaboratively to shape the future direction of academic programs, instructional strategies and student experience at the college. The search is being led by Loren Anderson and Kim Bobby, executive search consultants. See the Position Profile for more information.
 
Indian River State College, based in Fort Pierce, Fla., has revised the application deadline for its new president to May 26. The next president will be a consultative, creative visionary who values all who work, study and serve at the college. The search is being led by Rod McDavis, managing principal; Melissa Trotta, associate managing principal; and Fred Moore, executive search consultant. See the Position Profile for more information.
 
Kent State University, based in Kent, Ohio, has revised the application deadline for its new senior vice president and provost to September 11. Kent State is one of the largest universities in Ohio and offers a wide variety of degree programs from associate degrees to doctorates. The search is being led by Melissa Trotta, associate managing principal, and Ellen Meyer, executive search consultant. See the Position Profile for more information.
 
Valparaiso University, based in Valparaiso, Ind., has revised the application deadline for its new dean of the College of Business to May 16. Valparaiso University is an independent, doctoral/professional university with a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum. The search is being led by Robert Holyer, executive search consultant. See the Position Profile for more information.
 
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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. www.agbsearch.com.

AGB Search Announces New Leadership Searches Underway

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2, 2020 – AGB Search, a national leader in higher education executive search, recently launched the following executive searches:

Des Moines University, based in Des Moines, Iowa, has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its dean of the College of Health Sciences. The University seeks an engaging, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader who is a highly effective administrator in all dimensions and will implement the vision for the College of Health Sciences. The search will be led by Richard Torgerson and Fred Moore, executive search consultants. Applications are due by March 19; see the Position Profile for more information.

Dunwoody College of Technology, based in Minneapolis, Minn., has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new vice president for academic and student affairs. This cabinet-level leadership position reports to the president and works collaboratively to shape the future direction of academic programs, instructional strategies and student experience at the college. The search will be led by Loren Anderson and Kim Bobby, executive search consultants. Applications are due by April 6; see the Position Profile for more information.

Indian River State College, based in Fort Pierce, Fla., has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new president. The next president will be a consultative, creative visionary who values all who work, study and serve at the college. The search will be led by Rod McDavis, managing principal; Melissa Trotta, associate managing principal; and Fred Moore, executive search consultant. Applications are due by April 13; see the Position Profile for more information.

Kent State University, based in Kent, Ohio, has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Kent State is one of the largest universities in Ohio and offers a wide variety of degree programs from associate degrees to doctorates. The search will be led by Melissa Trotta, associate managing principal, and Ellen Meyer, executive search consultant. Applications are due by March 27; see the Position Profile for more information.

Louisiana State University Alumni Association, based in Baton Rouge, La., has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new president and chief executive officer. The president and CEO will work in partnership with the board of directors to advance the association’s reputation as one of the most creative and unique alumni organizations in the nation. The search will be led by Kimberly Templeton, principal, and James Lanier, Jr., executive search consultant. Applications are due by March 30; see the Position Profile for more information.

Miami Dade College, based in Miami, Fla., has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new president. MDC is seeking a president with outstanding leadership qualities, proven success leading dynamic complex organizations, and a demon¬strated ability to build partnerships with key stakeholders. The search will be led by Rod McDavis, managing principal; Melissa Trotta, associate managing principal; and Carlos Hernández and Fred Moore, executive search consultants. Applications are due by March 23; see the Position Profile for more information.

Southern Connecticut State University, based in New Haven, Conn., has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new vice president for enrollment management. The ideal candidate will have successful and progressively more responsible leadership experience in enrollment management. The search will be led by Robert Holyer, executive search consultant. Applications are due by March 23; see the Position Profile for more information.

Valparaiso University, based in Valparaiso, Ind., has selected AGB Search to conduct the search for its new dean of the College of Business. Valparaiso University is an independent, doctoral/professional university with a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum. The search will be led by Robert Holyer, executive search consultant. Applications are due by March 30; see the Position Profile for more information.

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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 from small, private colleges to large public institutions.  www.agbsearch.com.

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.”

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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.  www.agbsearch.com.

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. www.agbsearch.com.

Industry Leaders Launch Institute for Aspiring Higher Education Presidents

Six-month program will prepare participants for institutional leadership and effective relationships with boards of trustees. 

Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2018 – With the higher education presidency changing at a dramatic pace, four organizations have joined forces to ensure future leaders have the requisite skills and knowledge to successfully lead institutions of higher learning.

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), AGB Search, the Rockefeller Institute of Government (SUNY), and the University at Albany (SUNY) School of Education, today announced the launch of the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education (www.leadandgovern.com). The Institute is designed to prepare higher education executives for the position of president or chancellor at research universities or regional comprehensive institutions.

Research shows that the average tenure of college presidents in their current positions was six-and-a-half years in 2016, down from about seven years in 2011 and an average of eight-and-a-half years in 2006. These data suggest that a larger pool of qualified leaders is needed at more institutions of higher education every year. The presidency itself is also transforming, with more emphasis placed on technology, fundraising, and the changing student demographic.

Dr. Nancy Zimpher, Ph.D., chancellor emerita of State University of New York (SUNY), will serve as director for the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education.

“Assuming a presidential leadership role is an acquired skill, including a masterful combination of vision, action and sustainability,” Zimpher stated. “Learning to lead in partnership with your institution’s board of trustees will guarantee success. At the heart of the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance is just this kind of collective impact.”  
 
The six-month institute, which will kick off in January 2019, is composed of two onsite symposia (Washington, D.C. and New York City), four monthly webinars, exclusive attendance at the AGB National Conference on Trusteeship in April 2019, and an on-campus shadowing experience with a sitting president. The Institute offers an unmatched opportunity for participants to learn from sitting university presidents, chancellors, trustees, and key industry leaders. 

The AGB Institute for Leadership and Governance is open to a maximum of 24 individuals per year. More information and the application form can be found at www.leadandgovern.com

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About AGB
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the premier organization centered on governance in higher education. AGB provides leadership and counsel to member boards, chief executives, organizational staff, policy makers, and other key industry leaders to help them navigate the changing education landscape. www.agb.org 

About AGB Search
AGB Search, based in Washington, D.C., is the only firm that specializes in all aspects of higher education executive search, including permanent search, interim search and compensation evaluation. 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.  www.agbsearch.com

About the Rockefeller Institute of Government (SUNY)
The Rockefeller Institute of Government is a public policy think tank that conducts cutting-edge research and analysis to inform lasting solutions to the problems facing New York State and the nation. The Institute’s mission is to improve the capacities of communities, state and local governments, and the federal system to work toward genuine, evidence-based solutions. http://rockinst.org/ 

About the University at Albany (SUNY) School of Education
A comprehensive public research university, the University at Albany offers more than 120 undergraduate majors and minors and 125 master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs. The nationally ranked and accredited programs of the School of Education have been the springboard to outstanding careers in numerous fields. www.albany.edu/education 

AGB Search Partners with Prime Chief of Staff

Partnership will focus on the placements of Chiefs of Staff to build effective executive offices.

AGB Search would like to formally announce our new partnership with Prime Chief of Staff.

This partnership brings our near decade-long focus on the placement of higher-education executives across US-based colleges and universities together with Prime’s specialized placement of Chiefs of Staff to create more efficient and effective Executive Offices within higher education.

Our companies share a passion for working within our “circles of competence.” As a team of former executives in higher education, AGB Search deeply understands their area of expertise just as we do for the Chief of Staff role. By working together, we can enhance the services we provide higher education institutions seeking executives and/or Chiefs of Staff. We also share a desire to help our clients achieve lasting results through exceptional talent and long-term trusted partnerships. We both value fostering strong relationships with clients and candidates alike versus a transactional hiring approach.

With a combined 13 years of experience, Prime and AGB Search know how paramount the effective operations of executive offices must be toward an organization’s success. Together, we look forward to providing higher education clients with strong executive teams with minimal transition time and accelerated results.

 

 

CATHERINE M. BERARDI

ceo | prime chief of staff

cberardi@primechiefofstaff.com | (720) 557-1057

primechiefofstaff.com

9 Tips for a Successful Interview

Whether this is the first time you’ve interviewed for a leadership position at a higher education institution or you’re a pro, smart candidates always start their job searches by perfecting their resume and brushing up on their interviewing skills. Here are nine interview tips to help you impress the search committee and secure the job.

Top 10 Tips for Writing a Job-Winning Resume

A resume is like a window into your professional career. It must tell a search committee enough to convey that you are a serious candidate and potentially a good leadership match for the institution, but it need not say everything.

Here 10 key tips that can help you refresh your resume and possibly land the interview.

  1. Market Your Experience; Customize Your Response
    Think of your resume as a marketing brochure rather than an autobiography.

Fred Pestello

“Authentic leadership is no easy effort, but the endless challenges facing higher education necessitate leaders who are willing to show up, listen, engage, strive for solutions, and own their results and their consequences.”

Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.
President & CEO
St. Louis University

Colette Pierce Burnette

“Leaders in higher education must remove barriers to student success. They must support their faculty in preparing students for their next steps. Be involved, know your students, and allow them to know you.”

Colette Pierce Burnette, Ed.D.
President & CEO
Huston-Tillotson University

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