Susan VanGilder

Global Managing Partner and Practice Leader, Education

Education, Fundraising and Advancement, Higher Education, Independent Schools, Leadership, Managing Directors, Practice Leaders

With more than 25 years of executive search experience, Susan has identified and recruited leaders for a wide variety of institutions in the education and nonprofit sectors, in the United States and abroad.

Among Susan’s many searches have been those for presidents, provosts, vice presidents, and administrative and academic deans of colleges and universities, as well as senior leaders of museums, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations. She brings a knowledgeable and well-rounded perspective to the search process, having held several key roles on Storbeck Search’s higher education and nonprofit search teams over the past decade.

Previously, Susan worked in the education practices of A.T. Kearney and another international executive search firm. She is currently based in the District of Columbia metro area but has lived and worked in Hawaii, Germany, and Belgium.

Susan’s prior work experience includes managing the information center at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and serving as liaison to its board committee on career opportunities for minorities and women. During her tenure at CASE, she coordinated numerous career development conferences for college, university, and independent school advancement officers.


BA – Germanic Languages and Literature
The George Washington University

Academic Year Abroad
Universität Salzburg