ACE Affiliate Members Directory

​​ACE gratefully acknowledges the following organizations for their participation in the ACE Affiliate Members program and the Executive Search Roundtable.  Annual membership contributions help to sustain ACE programs and initiatives.


Academic Search, Inc.

Academic Search is an executive search firm serving higher education institutions and related organizations since 1976. We are committed to excellent executive search and developing the academy pipeline through leadership development.

1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036

AGB Search 

AGB Search focuses exclusively on higher education leadership. We offer interim appointments to preserve continuity, full search services to help institutions navigate the hiring process, transition assistance to set up leaders for long-term success, and compensation evaluation services to help assure fair competitive salaries. Each member of our consulting team brings years of experience as a higher education leader to the firm. We not only understand the demands of leadership, but also are deeply invested in supporting the next generation of leaders. 

1133 20th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036 

The Best Schools

The aim of is to help you gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials you need to achieve personal happiness and career success. To that end, we research and write primarily about online and on-campus colleges & universities, which include undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and post-doc programs. While our focus is on secondary and higher education, we also address trade & vocational education, primary (K–8) education, certifications, select alternative schools, and general topics of interest to learners.

P.O. Box 581
Georgetown, KY 40324

Charles Koch Foundation

More than 50 years ago, Charles G. Koch began supporting education, believing that everyone has the ability to learn, contribute, and succeed if they have the freedom and opportunity to do so. The Charles Koch Foundation, continues this work by funding research and education that helps people expand their horizons, develop their skills, and help others. Through grants to hundreds of colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations, the foundation connects scholars, students, and partners with the resources to explore diverse ideas and solutions that meet the challenges of our day.

1320 N Courthouse Rd., Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22201

Civitas Learning

Civitas Learning is a student success company delivering the clearest path to improved higher education outcomes. The company's Student Success Intelligence Platform leverages each institution's unique data to find and distribute the strongest signals across the student lifecycle. These signals empower students to make the best possible decisions along their academic pathway. Advisors, faculty, and administrators can personalize support, scale meaningful action, and measure impact to dramatically improve student outcomes.

100 Congress, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78701


Credly is helping the world speak a common language about people’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. Thousands of employers, training organizations, associations, certification programs, and workforce development initiatives use Credly to help individuals translate their learning experiences into professional opportunities using trusted, portable, digital credentials. Credly empowers organizations to attract, engage, develop, and retain talent with enterprise-class tools that generate data-driven insights to address skills gaps and highlight opportunities through an unmatched global network of credential issuers.

349 5th Ave, Suite 726
New York, NY, 10016

Curator Solutions, Inc.

Curator Solutions offers intuitive products that enable educators to focus on what they do best: engaging students, imparting their expertise, and facilitating higher-level learning. Our solutions enable educators to create, curate, and publish content to any Learning Management System (LMS). The intuitive interface of our Elearis product lets educators visually organize and plan lessons with drag-and-drop “Learning Card” functionality. In addition, its built-in, cloud-based repository provides a centralized hub for each user’s learning assets, facilitating open collaboration among peers.

13461 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 120
Herndon,VA, 20171


​A recognized leader in the higher education space, Deloitte has solved complex problems with over 175 public and private higher education institutions nationwide. Deloitte’s higher education team has experienced professionals and industry leaders that turn ideas into impact for your institution.

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY, 10112


EAB helps today's education leaders solve their biggest problems. We start by forging and finding best practices to address education's top challenges with research forums dedicated to presidents, provosts, chief business officers, and many other key academic and administrative leaders. Through these forums, we provide peer-tested research that answers education's most pressing issues. Then, we hardwire those insights into each organization with our technology and services: Enrollment Management, Student Success Management, and Growth and Academic Operations.

1920 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228


We provide technology solutions and services that help higher education achieve student success. It's been our focus for more than 40 years. Our passion speaks for itself: today we serve 2,400 institutions and 18 million students in 40 countries.

4375 Fair Lakes Ct.
Fairfax, VA 22033


Fidelity Investments

245 Summer
Boston, MA 02210 

R. William Funk & Associates

R. William Funk & Associates is the premier firm dedicated to higher education search consulting. Led by its founder and President, R. William (Bill) Funk, the firm is recognized for its unparalleled record in recruiting many of the nation's most esteemed college and university leaders. Mr. Funk is the best known and most widely respected search consultant serving higher education. He has been called the "guru of higher education recruiting" by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

2911 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75219

Gray Associates, Inc.

Gray Associates, Inc. is a strategy consulting firm focused on higher education. We help education clients develop fact-based institutional and marketing strategies that maximize outcomes for students, the school, and its constituencies. To support our client work, we have developed an industry-leading database that combines information on inquiry volumes, demographics, competition, and employment. Using this information and proprietary analytical techniques, we work with school leadership to develop institutional strategies, select programs, pick locations and prepare curricula. 

355 Sudbury Road
Concord, MA 01742 

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.


42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Haley Associates Executive Search & Consulting 

Haley Associates is a higher education consulting and executive search firm dedicated to providing personalized, high quality services focused on the unique needs of the institutions and leaders we serve.

By design we are a boutique firm, committed to working on a limited number of consulting engagements and searches in order to deliver on our commitment to being a client focused practice.

When you engage Haley Associates you work directly with the principals of the firm and receive the experience, attention and services you expect and deserve. 

75 Riverview Park Road
Manchester, NH 03102 

Heidrick & Struggles

For more than 60 years, Heidrick & Struggles has focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. We are committed to serving our clients as trusted advisors providing diversified solutions across executive search, leadership assessment & development, team & organizational effectiveness, and culture shaping.

233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 4900
Chicago, IL 60606


Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. Through our solutions, we enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students around the globe.

50 E. Business Way, Suite 300
Cincinnati, OH 45241


At Huron, we understand the unique challenges and opportunities confronting the industry better than any other firm, and we offer the highest-quality professionals to help capitalize on them. By evaluating each challenge as an opportunity, we help position leaders to advance their institutions today and be better prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. Our higher education consulting expertise, collaborative mindset and outcomes-focused approach enable leaders to align and optimize their resources to their fullest, so they can give their attention to what matters most. Having worked with more than 500 institutions – including more than 95 of the top 100 research universities – Huron stands as the leading consultancy in the higher education industry.

550 West Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60607

Hyatt-Fennell, Executive Search

Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search, led by Marylouise Fennell and Cheryl Hyatt, is a highly successful national and international executive search firm with offices in Pennsylvania, Florida and Colorado. Together with a strong support staff and several independent senior academic consultants, they are rich in higher education and recruitment experience. Hyatt-Fennell is well-known and respected for successfully placing top executives with colleges and universities.

P. O. Box 214 
Conway, PA 15027

Ideas for Action 

Ideas for Action is an executive coaching and management consulting firm, driven by a passion to empower people, organizations, and ideas. Since 1995, IFA has served higher education and non-profit organizations with executive coaching and consultation, leadership development, strategic planning, governance, research, and facilitation. Our clients benefit from a team of collaborative, purpose-driven coaches, consultants, and colleagues, dedicated to helping colleges and universities work through difficult issues, find creative solutions, and plan and execute extraordinary results.

10638 Stonebridge Boulevard
Boca Raton, FL 33498 

Isaacson, Miller

Isaacson, Miller is a national retained search firm specializing in recruiting transformative leadership for mission-driven organizations. With the largest higher education executive search practice in the U.S., its searches have placed some of the most respected and successful presidents, chancellors, deans, department heads and administration professionals in a wide range of universities, colleges, and academic medical centers.

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210


Jenzabar has built a partnership with its clients that is unique in the industry. Our associates have spent their careers working in higher education, providing them with unmatched insight into the long-terms needs of our clients. We design our products to meet those needs, not to satisfy some fleeting trend in the marketplace. And we consult with our clients at every step of the design process, so we can match our vision to your vision. The result: products that are intuitive to use, affordable in cost, and powerful in action.

101 Huntington Ave, Suite 2200
Boston, MA, 02199


Keeling & Associates

K&A is a higher education consulting firm; we work exclusively with colleges and universities, university systems, and higher education professional organizations. Our projects have a common purpose: to improve outcomes in higher education. We accomplish that purpose in different ways-by renewing vision and strategy; advancing innovation in academic programs; strengthening student support services; increasing institutional capacity through executive search services; improving organizational and operational effectiveness; increasing alignment and synergy in institutional governance. 

55 Harry Kemp Way
Provincetown, MA 02657

Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a leading national retained executive search and consulting firm that partners exclusively with institutions of higher education, mission-driven organizations and social enterprises. Koya serves client institutions on every leadership level. Spanning academic and administrative areas, our expertise and process enable our clients to identify and attract talented leaders who will help define and advance the mission and vision of the institutions they join.​

44 Merrimac Street
Newburyport, MA, 01950


Lindauer is a global search and talent firm with a true understanding of the nonprofit world and what it takes to succeed in its challenging environment. Our proven success across multi-disciplines includes higher and secondary education; hospitals and academic research centers; think tanks, research facilities and foundations; and advocacy, public service, social justice and other mission-driven nonprofits. Our client list today represents the most prestigious and innovative organizations.

420 Boylston Street, Suite 604
Boston, MA, 02116

Max Connect Marketing

Max Connect Marketing is a nationally recognized digital marketing agency that connects companies with customers through data-driven marketing. Max Connect eliminates the waste in advertising dollars and maximizes every marketing dollar spent. As a Premier Google Partner, Max Connect is among the top digital marketing agencies in the world. Max Connect uses proprietary methodologies and real-life marketing experts to deliver highly-targeted ads to the right people at the right time.

13702 S 200 W, Unit B-1
Draper, UT, 84020

Metacircle Culture and Education Co., Ltd.

Metacircle (Hong Kong) Culture and Education Co., Ltd is an independent company that evolved out of Metacircle Cultural Incubator Fund, and is now the holder of Metacircle Fellowship Program. MCE focuses on the promotion of literature, culture, arts, and the humanities. Fellow writers and artist visit China and participate in sequence of events and cross-cultural talks with local writers, artist, scholars and students. MCE also publishes The Hong Kong Review, an international literary journal that is published in English and is supported by Metacircle Fellowship.

2306 Prosper Commercial Building,
9 Yin Chong Street,
Mongkok, Kowloon Hong Kong


Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In education, it’s to empower every student. We believe limitless potential is within every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting

Myers McRae has earned a national reputation for excellence, consistently identifying and recruiting talented academic and administrative leaders in higher education. Each member of the Myers McRae team has deep knowledge and specialized experience in working in and with higher education institutions.

515 Mulberry Street, Suite 200
Macon, GA 31201


For over 25 years, Navitas has prepared international students to be study-ready, work-ready and world-ready. As pioneers in campus internationalization, we have more than 30 trusted partnerships with ambitious, forward-thinking universities around the world. Through our unparalleled global reach, we help our partners achieve their goals of greater quality and quantity of diverse students, improved academic outcomes, superior student experiences, enhanced global profile and sustainable revenue.

25 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02127

Nuventive, LLC

Nuventive provides institutions the capacity to improve and transform through the better use of information. We provide solutions for students, faculty and administrators to assess, communicate and improve personal and institutional performance. These fully cloud based services bring business process and data/information together in a platform that supports any improvement or transformation initiative including student learning outcomes, strategic planning, program review, administrative outcomes management and student success.

9800 B. McKnight Road, Suite 255
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Odgers Berndtson

For over 50 years, Odgers Berndtson has helped some of the world's biggest and best organizations find the senior talent to drive their agendas. We deliver executive search, assessment and development to institutions and organizations around the world. It is because of our deep, non-transactional and lasting partnerships that our clients can acquire, develop and retain their strongest leaders.

175 Federal Street,12th Floor
Boston, MA 02110


160over90 is the leading branding consultancy in higher education and maintains a strong foothold in healthcare, sports and lifestyle marketing. Attune to the increasingly complex challenges of the higher ed landscape, and entrenched in the business realities of pro sports teams, non-profits and leading consumer brands, 160over90 cross-pollinates learnings and tailors service offerings – from research and innovation planning through digital experiences and activations – to ensure authentic, strategic storytelling and measurable results.

510 Walnut Street, Floor 19
Philadelphia, PA 19106 

Parker Executive Search 

Parker Executive Search is a leading global retained executive search firm.

We have a national and international client base including college and universities, intercollegiate athletics programs and sports businesses, nationally-recognized academic health science centers, hospitals/health systems, Fortune 500 corporations, privately held startups, and best-in-class not-for-profits.

Quality, professionalism, integrity, confidentiality and personalized service are at the core of who we are and what we do. 

5 Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328 

People Grove

​PeopleGrove is on a mission to connect every student, alum and professional with the mentors, advisers, peers and network needed to realize their full potential and find a fulfilling career. Our platform offers flash mentorship (informal, quick connections) as well as formal mentorship programs (with matching), advising, interest groups, discussion, jobs and events. Schools like Stanford, Penn State, Cornell, Wellesley, Michigan, and others are using PeopleGrove to build a supportive and engaging online community, to get the data and analytics necessary to evaluate impact and to foster lifelong connections with their students and alumni.

240 Stockton St, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94108


Registry for College and University Presidents

Founded in 1992, the Registry is the "Gold Standard" interim leadership firm in higher education. The Registry has contracts with over 600 former college and university presidents and senior administrators, in over 49 states, all of whom have been selected for membership based upon nominations and pre-screening evaluations. Experience confirms that the Registry interim function increases the probability of success for the permanent president or senior administrator. Specialties: ADV, CAO, CEO, CFO, CIO, CS/PA, DEAN, GC, SPO, VP.

3 Centennial Drive
Peabody, MA 01960

Ruffalo Noel Levitz

For more than 40 years, colleges and nonprofit organizations have turned to Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) to enroll the students they want, help more students graduate and succeed, and build lifelong relationships with donors. Our mission is to make colleges, universities, and nonprofits successful and vibrant with inspired and relevant engagement with our team of experts.

1025 Kirkwood Parkway SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

RW Jones Agency

The RW Jones Agency is a full-service strategic communications firm hyper-focused on education. We understand the challenges and opportunities that your institution faces. From complex issues management counsel to the proactive development of institutionally distinctive media strategies, we know how to help colleges, universities, school districts and non-profit organizations succeed. We’ve been dedicated to serving the education space for more than 30 years.

6000 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 140
McMurray, PA 15317

Sage Search Partners  

Established in 1999, Sage Search Partners is a retained executive search firm and consultancy serving higher education and non-profit institutions nationwide. We recruit exceptional talent for a wide range of leadership positions and develop lasting relationships with clients and candidates. We are founded on the principal that partnering – with our clients, with candidates, and with each other – leads to the best results in recruitment. 

19 Hawthorne Avenue
Newton, MA 02466 


At, we believe that technology has the potential to be one of the most powerful equalizers of our time, providing access to data, knowledge, and above all connections. We hope you accept our invitation to attend and be part of this thought leadership dialogue.

350 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Spelman Johnson

Spelman Johnson is a premier executive search firm serving higher education. Recruiting talented leaders, Spelman Johnson's success is strengthened by their deep, diverse relationships and their investment in the development of a leadership pipeline.

3 Chapman Avenue
Easthampton , MA 01027


Strada Education Network® is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment. We engage partners across education, nonprofits, business and government to focus relentlessly on students’ success throughout all phases of their working lives. Together, we address critical college to career challenges through strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and mission-aligned affiliates — all focused on advancing the universal right to realized potential we call Completion With a Purpose®.

10 W. Market Street, Suite 1100
Indianapolis, IN, 46204

William Spelman Executive Search

WSES is an internationally recognized retained search firm with over 25 years of successful search services working with private and public institutions. Identifying and recruiting successful senior-level professionals to fulfill institutional missions and strategic plans. 

667 Midship Circle
Webster, NY 14580-3916

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

An executive search services firm specializing in presidential/CEO and senior-level searches for colleges, universities, independent schools, and nonprofit organizations such as museums and foundations.

1400 N Providence Rd., Suite 3500
Media, PA 19063 

Summit Search Solutions, Inc.

Specializing in high-quality talent searches for the higher education sector since 2001, Summit Search Solutions, Inc. is a boutique search firm that offers high-quality search services that provide clients with unprecedented choice, flexibility and quality. "Can we make searches more efficient and cost effective by buying the pieces we want and not the pieces we don't want?" With Summit, the answer is "Yes." Summit wants to be a part of your standard recruitment portfolio. OUR SOURCING MODEL ENABLES OUR CLIENTS HIGH-QUALITY SEARCHES IN A COST-EFFECTIVE WAY WITHOUT COMPROMISING QUALITY.

P.O. Box 9824
Asheville, NC 28815


730 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017



Together, We'll Transform Higher Education.

Building on more than 200 years of experience, Wiley Education Services is a leading provider of comprehensive, tailored services to universities around the world. We currently support over 280 degree programs and more than 3,000 courses, encompassing on campus, online, and hybrid models. 

By extending our partners' global reach, creating operational efficiencies, and improving learning experiences and outcomes across the student lifecycles, we help our partners achieve success in an increasingly competitive and dynamic market. 

1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 800
Oak Brook, IL 60523


Witt/Kieffer's education recruitment team identifies higher education and college preparatory school leaders who understand complex issues facing both public and private institutions: resource constraints, shifting national policy and increased scrutiny by boards, faculty, students and families. With more than 90 consultants in nationwide locations, our scope of education recruiting includes presidents, provosts, deans, and officers for business and finance, advancement and development, student affairs, enrollment, IT, and more.

2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523