Academic Search

Academic Search is an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions and related organizations and is the only search firm in the nation with a formal relationship to a premier leadership development program.

Originally founded in 1976 as Presidential Search Consultation Service, and later in 1988 as Academic Search Consultation Service, the firm's name was changed to Academic Search, Inc. in 2006. Our mission statement is very clear and focused: we're here to provide the highest level of search to our clients, and to assist in enriching the pipeline of potential leaders for higher education.

From its beginning, Academic Search had the ambitious goal to provide all colleges and universities with highly professional, individually focused search services modeled on best practices in other sectors, which at the time, was a new concept in higher education. This approach has resulted in a process that fosters a successful appointment and allows us to build a dossier of premier clients and a reputation for integrity, confidentiality and excellence.

Based in Washington, D.C., Academic Search is the wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership identification, development, and support programs to academic leaders in various administrative positions across all sectors of higher education. This relationship strengthens the ongoing commitment by Academic Search to leadership development as well as the identification of outstanding candidates for positions.