Executive Search

The Right Partner for Higher Education Executive Search

AGB Search has conducted more than 1,300 searches in the U.S. and internationally. We work with institutions to develop a thorough understanding of their needs and culture, which is critical in identifying the strongest pool of leadership candidates. Our proven process and commitment to success make us the right partner for our clients.

AGB Search partners with public and private colleges and universities, university systems, and related associations and foundations. We serve clients with student enrollments from under 500 to more than 90,000, and with budgets of less than $20 million to more than $1.5 billion.

Our expert search team has conducted successful searches for all levels of senior leadership positions, including: Presidents/Chancellors, Provosts and Deans, Research Leadership, Chief Information Officers/Chief Technology Officers Chief Financial Officers, and Vice Presidents for Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Enrollment, Student Affairs, Communications and Marketing, Advancement, and Legal Affairs/General Counsel.

Presidential Search

AGB Search has conducted more than 350 searches for Presidents and Chancellors of higher education institutions. We are experts at guiding institutions through the complex search process and assisting institutions in carrying out a smooth transition.

We Get Results

client engagements
completed for Presidents and Chancellors
successful placement rate for searches overall
appointments of women and people of color

Key Advantages

Focused on Higher Ed

AGB Search offers search services exclusively for higher education institutions. Our expertise and affiliation with AGB afford us an unmatched understanding of the qualifications critical for effective higher education leadership.

Expert Search Consultants

Our Executive Search Consultants have extensive experience in higher education search, and many have served in college and university leadership positions.

Committed to Diversity

Diversity is a hallmark of all aspects of our firm, as well as the searches we support. We seek candidates and nominations who reflect the full diversity of campuses and their communities today.

Melissa K. Trotta


Melissa K. Trotta
Associate Managing Principal and Senior Vice President for Client Development