Dr. Anne Briggs brings a plethora of higher education knowledge from the student and faculty perspective, as well as a breadth of leadership and social understanding, to every search she performs. Moreover, the decades Dr. Briggs dedicated to social work, team building, and management helped mold her robust skillset. These attributes, combined with her passion for higher education and the opportunities it provides, prove advantageous in her work with Academic Search.
Dr. Briggs earned her two bachelor’s degrees from Bucknell University and a master’s in social work from Boston College before pursuing her remarkable career in clinical social work and nonprofit management. Dr. Briggs spent many years working with children, families, and adults in behavioral health, particularly during times of crises and transitions. Along with her counseling services, Dr. Briggs was responsible for leading projects and utilizing her impressive management skills at various clinics. For example, at Family & Children’s Agency in Connecticut, where Dr. Briggs served for 15 years, she strategically developed innovative and sustainable programs that streamlined data collection and reporting systems, improved the quality of services, and effectively met funding compliance requirements.
Dr. Briggs continued to branch out in her work and took on key leadership roles, including Associate Director of Counseling Services, Manager of Grants, and Director of Quality Improvement and Program Development. Through these positions, Dr. Briggs honed her skills in program design and evaluation, organizational change management, and grant writing. The Pennsylvania-native-turned-Connecticut-resident also earned her doctorate in organizational leadership from Northeastern University. While she pursued her EdD, Dr. Briggs taught courses in Northeastern’s Department of Human Services. Today, Dr. Briggs continues to teach online courses in social work at Sacred Heart University and she is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Bay Path University.
Since joining Academic Search in January 2022, Dr. Briggs has played an integral role in a growing number of successful searches. With her significant experience in social work, she has a unique ability to gain an in-depth understanding of an institution’s culture and the qualities the stakeholders seek in a new hire. With that information in hand, Dr. Briggs can scour her network and assemble a candidate pool abounding with talent, proven success, and relevant skills. She is highly organized and thorough in her process, and she is committed to creating a search process that is smooth and efficient. Through her consulting work, Dr. Briggs has found immense satisfaction in helping an institution diversify its staff and ultimately help it lay the foundation for long-lasting success.