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ACE Corporate Membership Directory

December 30, 1899


ACE gratefully acknowledges the following organizations for their participation in the ACE Corporate Membership program and the Executive Search Roundtable.  Annual membership contributions help to sustain ACE programs and initiatives within ACE Leadership, the Center for Education Attainment and Innovation, the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, and the Center for Policy Research and Strategy.

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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.

PO Box 370485
West Hartford, CT 06119 

Founded by former senior administrators, Academic Keys strength comes from access to an international and national database of nearly one million candidates from top tier institutions. The team has extensive relations with faculty, deans, provosts, chancellors, and presidents from over a wide spectrum of disciplines and institutions worldwide. 

P.O. Box 162
Storrs, CT 06268

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  Institutional Strategies

Since 1921, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) has offered higher education boards leadership and counsel through conferences, workshops, published works, and a suite of consulting services. AGB Institutional Strategies is one of a number of consulting services offered by AGB, and provides institutions of higher education with operational and mission-driven strategies that help achieve renewed institutional strength. 

1133 20th Street NW, Suite 425
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 

Arrow Payments

University Treasury, IT and Risk teams must ensure financial accountability, security and compliance across decentralized departments. Most institutions have minimal resources to address the diverse needs of their faculty, students and alumni. Arrow Payments reduces this burden by providing the expertise necessary to protect against credit card data breaches, reduce PCI compliance headaches and improve operational efficiency. We are an extension of your staff helping to leverage the most advanced payment processing technologies across multiple vendors.

20 W Kinzie
Chicago, IL 60654

Association of Community College Trustees

We represent the trustees for all community colleges. As a service, ACCT has been conducting presidential searches since 1972.

1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

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


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


EduNav is a leading developer of student success and resource optimization software for colleges and universities. EduNav Campus works like a GPS system, automatically generating a personalized, always up-to-date optimal path to completion for every student. What's more – it proactively alerts students when they make a decision that will lengthen time to completion – before the action is finalized. EduNav is a Complete College America Guided Pathways to Success award winner and an AACC Innovations award winner.

11215 Mount Crest Place
Cupertino, CA 95014


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

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Ferra Executive Search

306 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Ferra Executive Search consultants are experts in recruiting clinical, academic, and administrative support roles at any level. Any clinical, financial, fundraising, research, IT/technology, or academic role is an area of recruitment they specialize in. They combine disruptive digital recruitment techniques with traditional recruitment methodologies to reach top talent that are both active and passive candidates. They are based in downtown Pittsburgh, PA and serve clients throughout the United States and internationally.

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

John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

The Gardner Institute partners with higher education institutions and/or systems to increase student learning, retention, and completion. Specifically, the Institute guides the development and implementation of plans to transform the first-year and/or transfer experiences; high failure rate courses; and/or retention for specific cohorts. It also provides student success-focused professional development.

123 E Main Street, Suite 201 
Brevard, NC 28712

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


IBM is the world's top provider of computer products and services.  It focuses primarily on its services business – information technology, business services, and software – and maintains its industry-leading enterprise server and data storage products lines.

1 New Orchard Road
Armonk, NY 10504-1722

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

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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


Liaison helps higher education institutions identify, recruit, and enroll best-fit students with improved outreach, application, and enrollment processes. More than 4,500 programs rely on our admissions management and marketing automation software and services to reach prospective students, streamline administrative tasks, and create exceptional experiences for applicants across the full enrollment cycle-from first interest to first day on campus.

311 Arsenal Street, Suite 15
Watertown, MA 02472

Morningside Evaluations

Morningside was founded in early 2000 by three New York City graduate students with a passion for education and intercultural exchange. Since our founding, Morningside has sought to shorten and simplify the immigration application process by providing fast, high quality evaluations of foreign academic and professional credentials. Over the years, Morningside has grown from a tiny apartment in Morningside Heights to become the country’s leading provider of academic evaluations for employment-based immigration visa petitions. Morningside has distinguished itself as an innovator in the evaluation.

450 7th Ave., Suite 1107
New York,NY 10123

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting

For over 30 years, Myers McRae has provided the highest caliber of service and experience in executive searches for institutions of higher education, focusing primarily on the recruitment of executive and senior academic and administrative officers.

515 Mulberry Street, Suite 200
Macon, GA 31201

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity 

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is the leading independent professional development, training, and mentoring platform for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. The NCFDD is 100 percent dedicated to supporting universities and their faculty members make successful transitions throughout their careers. The NCFDD has three services for universities and their faculty: 

  • Annual Membership
  • Faculty Success Programs
  • On-Campus Workshops

Each are designed to provide specialized professional development through content, mentoring, and coaching. 

19 Clifford Street 

Detroit, MI 48226 

Navitas Ventures

Our mission is to advance innovation in education and to connect a global community of institutions, practitioners and education start-ups who are changing the future of education. Services include: Global Research and Benchmarking; Institutional Strategy and Capability Development; Innovation Leadership Development; EdTech advisory.

25 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02127

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 

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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 

3 Centennial Drive
Peabody, MA 01960

Rent Consulting Group, LLC

Rent Consulting Group, LLC (RCG), founded in 2004, is, by design, a small firm that specializes in executive search services exclusively for higher education. To assure the highest quality of consultation services in the search process, all of our consultants have extensive experience as both faculty and administrators in higher education and related regional and national organizations. RCG employs a team approach to all searches, so both RCG principals are usually involved in all searches.

PO Box 230647
Charlotte, NC 28222


At ReUp, we partner with universities to re-enroll students who have dropped-out and support them in school to ensure successful academic outcomes.

2 Shaw Alley Floor 2
San Francisco, CA 94105

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 

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

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 

Student Connections

Student Connections, a Strada Education Network company, is a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing student success in college and career. Building on Strada Education’s more than 50 years of service to higher education, Student Connections is tackling the student success challenges facing thousands of educational institutions nationwide and the students they serve. Our innovative approach will complement the proven student loan default prevention products and services that we already provide to hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. 

6405 Castleway Ct., Suite 100 
Indianapolis, IN 46250 

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

Trilogy Education Services 

Trilogy Education Services is the Continuing Education Program Manager (CEPM) that creates and manages skills-based training programs that are university-run, student-tested, and employer-approved. Trilogy’s market-driven curriculum emphasizes both technical competence and career readiness. In addition, the company’s Learner and Instructor Analytics platforms assess teaching effectiveness, student mastery, and classroom engagement to ensure continuous improvement. More than 20 universities trust Trilogy to prepare job-ready developers for high-tech careers. 

31 E. 32nd Street, Suite 1202
New York, NY 10016 


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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

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