About Us

Our shared goal is to strengthen the institutions we partner with through the identification, selection, and development of talented individuals to serve the cause of higher education.


Higher education is our sole focus and singular passion. Academic Search consultants are trusted partners to governing boards and campus leaders and bring a deep understanding of institutional and organizational needs. Many of our consultants have served in senior campus leadership roles themselves. Our team combines its vast intellectual capital from years of senior leadership in higher education with the ability to customize your search and finding the right fit for your institution.


Academic Search’s record of quality and achievement can be attributed to our professionalism, integrity, experience, and expertise. When founded in 1976, we were the first search organization to specialize in executive search for higher education; and we’ve since built a successful, innovative, and often-imitated process for recruiting the best institutional leaders.

99% of our clients who completed feedback surveys have indicated they would use Academic Search again or recommend us to a colleague. Our numerous repeat partnerships are a testament to the trust that is built between our consultants and the colleges and organizations with which we work.

Academic Search is committed to developing the higher education leadership pipeline. Through our mentorship and support for both emerging and experienced leaders in higher education, we are closely connected to diverse talent networks. As a subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), Academic Search’s marginal revenue, or in language from the corporate sector: commits our profits support the identification and development of current and future leaders. The AALI programs supported by Academic Search, provide more than 100 campus administrators per year with professional development and ongoing leadership support.