Industry Expertise

Education Executive Search

Education Leadership Search

Diversified Search Group’s Education Practice focuses on executive-level searches on behalf of colleges, universities, independent, charter, boarding schools, and education-related nonprofit organizations. Our expertise is grounded in our knowledge of the sector as a whole and in the rigorous understanding that we pursue the particular culture, challenges, and aspirations of each of our client institutions.

We share our clients’ belief that finding new leaders from groups that have historically been excluded is crucial to advancing society’s educational needs. Our commitment, therefore, is to proactively and energetically recruit an excellent and diverse pool of candidates in every search we lead.

We bring to your search our strong relationships with senior academic and administrative leaders and our deep and growing networks of potential candidates and sources. In 2021, 46 percent of our placements were persons of color, and 56 percent were women. We are proud of our ability to identify leaders who bring new and innovative approaches to the education sector as it evolves and transforms.

Our Approach

Consultants from Storbeck Search, Diversified Search, and Koya Partners are the core of Diversified Search Group’s Education Practice. Grant Cooper, BioQuest, and Alta Associates lend additional expertise to searches in academic medicine, life sciences, and cybersecurity, respectively. Led by consultants and researchers who have direct experience working in colleges, universities, and schools, our team approach assures breadth and depth of expertise. Our “91” Net Promoter Score – measuring the quality of our search methodology and client satisfaction – is considered exceptional in the industry. (For comparison, the global benchmark of companies across all industries that measure NPS is 32.)

Colleges and Universities

Our unmatched expertise in managing the complex dynamics of higher education environments significantly enhances our processes and our search outcomes for college and university clients. We conduct higher education leadership searches at every level – presidents and provosts, senior vice presidents, deans, chief diversity officers, chief financial officers, chief advancement officers, and additional roles across all functions. A hallmark of our practice is the range of institutions with which we have partnered: private and public; selective liberal arts colleges; large research universities; academic medical centers; mission-driven, faith-based, rising, and established.
Our Higher Education Expertise

Independent Schools

Our Education Practice brings high levels of expertise and customization to search and leadership consulting in the PreK-12 sector. Each school is unique and therefore each school’s executive search is unique. We will design a search process that meets the needs of your school and your search. We take the time to thoroughly understand your school and to develop strategies that will produce the best candidate pool, therefore, the most successful search outcome for your school.
Our Pre K-12 Expertise

Recent Successes

Our placements are accomplished, diverse visionary leaders who strengthen the organizations they lead to create long-term impact. We have led more than 250 searches at the levels of President, Chancellor, and Head of School – and hundreds of searches for additional senior leadership roles. To understand the dedicated service, expertise, and insight that we bring to your search, read more about our recent searches and the resulting outstanding placements.

Placed Leaders


Current Opportunities

At any given time, our practice is recruiting for more than 100 leadership opportunities in education. We invite you to browse our active searches to learn more.

Our Impact

More than two-thirds of our searches are conducted for returning clients


of our placements identify as female, transgender, or non-binary


of our placements are persons of color


of our CEO placements (president, chancellor, head of school) are either still in office or served for 5+ years

Work With Our Education Executive Search Experts

We invite you to speak with us confidentially about your institution’s leadership needs, learn more about our comprehensive services, or request a proposal from us.

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