Keeping Up with AGB Search

Welcome to In Brief. We’ll keep you up to date on AGB Search news and share our recent articles on higher education hiring trends.

Rod McDavis
Managing Principal 
Higher education, like most sectors, has been presented with extraordinary challenges in 2020. But institution leaders have met these challenges head on, and many are executing initiatives that are transforming how campuses operate.

This month, Executive Search Consultant Sally Mason and University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel discuss the challenges and opportunities of completing a first year of presidency during significant world events, from managing the pandemic on campus to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Peggy Plympton / Monica Burton

Principals Peggy Plympton and Monica Burton spoke with senior HR leaders to learn what they believe are essential skills for guiding their institutions during this crisis.

The AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education brings together top education leaders to share their insider knowledge and skills with those aspiring to a higher education presidency. AGB Search is pleased to announce applications and nominations for candidates for the Class of 2021 are now being accepted. You won't want to miss this highly informative and interactive program.
As the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance wraps up its second cohort, we are thrilled to report that Cohort 2 participant Dr. Keith Whitfield was appointed the next President of University of Nevada-Las Vegas. We could not be more proud of Keith as he takes this next step!
Institutions will face a vocal student body in the coming academic year as they play an important role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and strategies. AGB Consulting stands ready to support your board through this journey by facilitating a virtual board workshop or serving as your thought partner as you diversify your board and develop new policies. We have a recent blog on this topic, and will have an Ask the Expert session on August 13.
AGB Search Leads August "Ask the Expert" Discussions

Join AGB Search this month for two special Ask the Expert presentations on Conducting Successful Executive and Interim Leadership Searches - Even Virtually!

RSVP for one of the sessions today!
The Executive Search Process – Potential Candidate Focus

Hosted by Drs. Rod McDavis and Melissa Trotta.
The Executive Search Process – Client Partner Focus

Hosted by Drs. Rod McDavis, Melissa Trotta, and Melinda Leonardo.
Recent Completed Searches

After partnering with AGB Search, these institutions appointed their new leaders:
Dr. Falecia Williams was named the ninth President of Prince George's Community College.
Mr. Karl Smith was appointed Vice President of Student Affairs for Tacoma Community College.
Dr. Nicole Pride was named the 12th President, and first female President, of West Virginia State University.
Dr. Niclas Erhardt was named Dean of the College of Business for Valparaiso University.

Active Searches, New Opportunities

AGB Search has an array of leadership searches underway with the following institutions and many more. If you are interested in a position or would like to nominate a candidate, contact us at
Arizona State University (ASU) seeks an inaugural Director to lead the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center (NDRC) at the Biodesign Institute. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the role is filled.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (the Lab), the world’s leading institute for the study and appreciation of birds, is seeking a new Executive Director (ED).
Prince George’s Community College in Prince George’s County, MD invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA).
Bennett College seeks an energetic turnaround, innovative leader to serve as its next Director of Institutional Planning, Assessment, Effectiveness and Research and invites applications and nominations for this important leadership position.
Miami Dade College (MDC) is seeking a president with outstanding leadership qualities, proven success leading dy­namic complex organizations, and a demon­strated ability to build partnerships with key stakeholders. Applications and nominations will be considered until the role is filled. For best consideration, please submit materials by October 23.
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