Higher Education Executive Search

Higher education executive search remains our firm’s core practice. We understand successful management of an academic institution is more challenging than it has ever been.  This creates demand for new sorts of leadership at all executive levels requiring an increasingly wide range of skills to balance the diverse missions of academics, research, teaching, service, fundraising, and ever-changing educational issues.

Similarly, we are sensitive to a number of important traits in the recruitment and evaluation of prospective candidates, such as a professional reputation above reproach, history of collaboration with peers, deep commitment to the academy, success in the identification and development of talent, and superb communication skills.

Our higher education executive search practice is routinely engaged to identify the next Chancellor, President, Provost, Dean, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Department Chair, and other high-level senior administrators.

Our seasoned consultants assist clients in designing a comprehensive, targeted search recruitment process that blends efficiency, confidentiality, and inclusiveness, accurately representing the opportunity to cultivate candidate interest at the highest level - ensuring recruitment of a robust, diverse pool of candidates in each higher education search that positively promotes the institution.

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We have the privilege of working with many of the most respected institutions in American higher education.

Our partners include:

  • Clemson University
  • Howard University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Arizona
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington State University
  • West Virginia University
Harris Search Associates - an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global higher education executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 44 offices in 33 countries worldwide. Our higher education executive search practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine, and healthcare enterprises. Clients include the foremost universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery.