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.


Abundance International Education Institute

Abundance International Education Institute (AIEI), established in 2002 in Shenzhen, China. With full commitment to adult executive education, over 26 teaching centers have been set up in China nationwide, covering all the major cities. So far, over 15,000 people have been empowered with the international degree certificates issued by our partner universities (from the U.S and Europe globally) through the programs we provide. Because of AIEI's professionalism and outstanding educational service, it becomes a leading company in adult executive education industry. And AIEI is also the first-ever corporate member of AACSB and ICDE in China. We shall stride forward to the great cause of lifelong education.​

2406, Block A, Tianza International
Nashan District
Shenzhen, Guangdon Province

​​​Academic Career & Executive Search 

Designed for efficiency and flexibility, our academic executive search and academic career services are high precision but inexpensive. Savings are passed to the client. Executive Search: 6 search options for every need and budget. The only constant – a unique search process driven by experienced recruiters, researchers and academics guaranteed to attract the ideal candidate. We work with the client until we find the right fit.

Academic Career Services offers critical insight to aspiring higher education candidates. Together the founders and coaches provide first hand, real life, real world solutions.

PO Box 370485 
West Hartford, CT 06119 ​

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​

Adtalem Global Education​​​​​​

At Adtalem, Our Mission is to Expand Access to Education. Our business model is designed to educate, train and prepare healthcare professionals at scale. With projected nursing and physician shortages on the rise, it’s a public health imperative to create a robust pipeline of qualified and diverse talent to meet these evolving needs and fill critical healthcare gaps for the betterment of the healthcare industry and the wellbeing of our communities.

500 W Monroe St.
Floor 28
​Chicago, IL 60661

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


Buffkin / Baker is a partner-led executive search firm focusing on Healthcare, Higher Education, Private Equity, Digital Transformation, Technology, Media & Telecom, and Non-Profit. As leaders in their respective fields, each partner has over a decade of retained search experience. Combined, the firm's partners have more than 175 years of search experience and more than 220 years of industry/operating experience. Office locations include Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, St. Simons Island, Washington, DC, and Winston-Salem with an affiliate office in London.

10 Cadillac Dr, #190

Brentwood, TN 32027


Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library, and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA. Employees reside in nearly 40 countries with sales in approximately 165 countries and territories around the world.

200 Pier 4 Boulevard, Suite 400
​Boston, MA 02210

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​


Coursera was established by Stanford Professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller in 2012. Since that time Coursera has attracted over 46 million registered learners who can choose from over 4,300 courses, 300 specializations, 10 Professional Certificates & MasterTracks and 16 Degrees. Coursera partners with over 175 Universities around the world along with 40 Industry Partners like Google, Amazon Web Services, DeepLearning and IBM. Coursera is also utilized by over 2,000 enterprise organizations and governments around the world.

381 E Evelyn Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94041


For more than 25 years, Credo has partnered with higher education leaders across critical areas of institutional strategy and operations. Keeping students always at the center, Credo's action-oriented, results-driven partnerships connect to people and culture as the most powerful vehicles to impact transformational student experiences. Informed by proprietary research on institutional thriving and propelled by a robust team of higher education experts, Credo complements your on-campus talent with external context, strategy, support, and accountability.​

940 Golf House Road W
Suite 200
Whitsett, NC 27377


​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

Diversified Search Group

Consultants from Storbeck Search, Diversified Search, and Koya Partners form the Education Practice of The Diversified Search Group (DSG), a single firm comprising a portfolio of search firms focused on specialized market sectors. Founded by women, the three firms are recognized leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. The Diversified Search Group family of firms also includes BioQuest and Grant Cooper, with niches in life sciences and academic medicine.

2005 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 109103


EAB helps today's education leaders solve their biggest problems. We start b​y 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


Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments operates a brokerage firm, manages a large family of mutual funds, provides fund distribution and investment advice, retirement services, wealth management, securities execution and clearance, and life insurance.

245 Summer
Boston, MA 02210

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

We are a woman-owned executive search, consulting and training firm with a diverse recruiting and consulting team. We have extensive expertise and experience with executive search, consulting and training in education and nonprofit organizations. Jan Greenwood and Betty Asher, founders and partners of G/AandA, have deep roots in higher education, having both served as tenured professors and presidents of universities. Greenwood has been in the executive search business since 1992.

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

Harris Search Associates

Harris Search Associates is a leading global executive search and board advisory consulting firm. Modeled after the first premier management-consulting firms, in 1997, we launched our practice solely focused on the recruitment of senior leadership to support the growth of higher education. Clients include the foremost universities, medical schools, academic medical centers, research institutes, national laboratories, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery.

4236 Tuller Road
Dublin, OH 43017


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

IES Abroad

Founded in 1950 and based in Chicago, IES Abroad is a leading not-for-profit study abroad organization that has provided study abroad and internship programs to more than 130,000 college students to date. We offer more than 130 programs throughout Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.

33 W Monroe Street, Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60603​

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


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

Lincoln Leadership

Lincoln Leadership is uniquely positioned to influence the organizations that push society forward. We acknowledge this privilege and commit to transcend diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and deliver leadership capable of expanding opportunities. We encourage leaders closest to the problem to advance meaningful solutions.

1025 S. Farragut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19143


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.

133 Clarendon St, #170310
Boston, MA, 02117

National Student Clearinghouse

The mission of the National Student Clearinghouse is to serve the education and workforce communities and all learners with access to trusted data, related services, and insights. Our Vision is to be a premier resource in serving and supporting the opportunities created by lifelong learning. We are a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization and the leading provider of educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services.

2300 Dulles Station Blvd. Suite 220
Herndon, VA 20171

NES Search Firm ​

NES, a national higher education search firm, focuses on recruitment and placement of enrollment professionals in admission, financial aid, and marketing leadership roles. We align searches to strategically match the goals of each institution. Established in 2014 as Napier Executive Search, NES consists of seasoned enrollment professionals with considerable consultative experience. The mission of NES is to build on our national reach, demonstrate excellence in enrollment searches, and work with synergy as a team to provide results to institutions.

801 Hanover Road
DeLand, FL 32724

One Million Degrees​

One Million Degrees (OMD) is a nonprofit providing wraparound services to help students persist and graduate from community college on a pathway to economic mobility. OMD also helps organizations that serve community college students strengthen their student support practices.

180 N Wabash Ave
Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60601


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

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

Russell Reynolds Associates

Founded in 1969, Russell Reynolds Associates quickly became a predominant international leader in executive recruitment. We are a private firm with 46 offices and nearly 1,500 employees globally. In addition to recruiting exceptional candidates and managing a comprehensive, equitable search process, we become trusted advisors who help universities think through challenging leadership issues and build out their leadership teams. Our Higher Education Practice specializes in recruiting senior leaders to research universities, small colleges, and academic and scientific research institutions.

1700 New York Ave NW #400
Washington, DC 20006​

SAS Institute

At SAS, our mission is to align with education leaders and provide trusted analytics to transform education, drive student success, and build a global community of innovators. We work with higher education institutions across the country to leverage analytics and data-informed decision-making to benefit nearly every area of the campus community, from student success to academic research.

100 SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27513

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​

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

SPH Consulting Group 

SPH Consulting Group assists college and university governing boards and executives as they consider major future-oriented institutional restructuring strategies. SPH Consulting Group is a team of experienced higher education experts who have managed to success the many major restructuring events institutions of higher education face in today’s climate. We help higher education leaders consider all strategic options for major institutional transformation, and when it is the right decision, we ensure the successful execution and implementation of the chosen strategy.

2461 Mountain Vista Drive
Vestavia Hills, AL 35243

SOPHIA Learning 

We believe that personal and professional advancement should be affordable and accessible to students at every stage of their educational career. Since 2012, Sophia has been providing high-quality online courses for college-level credit with a curriculum committed to meeting the higher education needs of students and working adults.

225 South 6th St., Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55402​

Summit Search Solutions, Inc.

Summit is a boutique executive search firm dedicated to serving the higher education and non-profit sectors nationwide. In addition to offering traditional comprehensive search, Summit offers sourcing-based models where clients can select components of the search process at an hourly rate or fixed fee. All searches include strategies to identify and attract passive candidates and diverse candidates. Based in Asheville, NC, Summit has a team of experienced recruiting consultants in locations across the country including CA, OR, NY, KS, and NC.

P.O. Box 9824
Asheville, NC 28815

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation (JED) is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.

530 7th Seventh, Suite 801
New York, NY 10018


The TIAA-CREF family of companies is a prominent financial services organization dedicated to providing lifetime financial security to those in the healthcare, academic, cultural, and research fields; for people whose work serves others.

730 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017​


Wiley University​ ​​​​​Servi​​​​ces

Together, We'll Transform Higher Education.

Building on more than 200 years of experience, Wiley University 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

William Spelman Executive Search

William Spelman Executive Search is a retained executive search firm specializing in identifying and recruiting highly qualified and diverse candidates for executive positions in higher education. Our searches are rooted in the close partnerships we form with our clients, with whom we share a commitment to finding the best and brightest to carry out the important work of educating the world’s future leaders.

667 Midship Circle
Webster, NY 14580


For 50 years, WittKieffer has been the nation's leader in executive search for education and healthcare. WittKieffer specializes in senior-level executive search assignments for higher education, healthcare and not-for-profit organizations. Our mission is to identify outstanding leadership solutions for organizations committed to improving the quality of life.

2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523 ​