R. Thomas Fitch, PhD

Managing Director

Education, Higher Education, Managing Directors

With more than 25 years of recruiting and search experience, Tom brings to every client relationship sound judgment, credibility, and a focus on partnership with institutional leaders and search committees. He understands the essential leadership qualities necessary in different environments as well as the strategies for completing successful searches in today’s increasingly complex and globally interconnected world.

Prior to joining Storbeck Search | Diversified Search Group, Tom was Vice President and Senior Consultant at Academic Search, Inc., for seven years. Recent placements have included senior-level administrators at institutions ranging broadly from small liberal arts colleges to large private universities, to public institutions small and large.

In his distinguished career he has held a variety of positions in both higher education and corporate recruiting. Starting off his career in student affairs, Tom held positions including Dean of Students at large public and small private institutions including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Mercer University, The Atlanta College of Art, and the University of Georgia, where he also served on the faculty. He led the recruiting efforts of two Fortune 500 corporations, Georgia-Pacific and AT&T Wireless, and held the position of Director of Recruiting for Emory University.


PhD, Student Affairs Administration
University of Georgia

MEd, Counselor Education
University of Virginia

BS, Social Studies Secondary Education
University of Virginia