President and Chief Executive Officer

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) invites nominations and applications for its next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

AGB’s next President and CEO will serve as AGB’s leader and nationally respected advocate for consequential higher education board governance. Reporting to and partnering with the AGB Board of Directors, the CEO will provide strategic leadership for AGB, champion AGB’s best practices of higher education governance, and work with the staff to fulfill AGB’s mission and values. The CEO will maximize relevance for and engagement with the association’s more than 1,300 member boards and over 40,000 trustees, presidents and chancellors, board professionals, and senior officers who have fiduciary responsibility for colleges, universities, multi-campus systems, institutionally related foundations, and state higher education coordinating boards.

A visionary and strategic leader, the CEO is expected to confirm and strengthen AGB’s position as the thought leader of higher education board governance, gained over its more than 100 years of service to higher education. Further, the CEO will strengthen AGB’s ongoing alignment with its members, ensuring that AGB is their trusted resource to address current and emerging issues, challenges, and opportunities. Through the CEO’s transformational leadership, AGB will advance its role as a prominent voice in higher education for student and graduate success; the value of higher education and board independence in a democracy; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and other societal values that are fundamental to college and university mission fulfillment.

Working with the AGB Board of Directors, the CEO will lead and collaborate with an exceptional AGB staff leadership team responsible for mission fulfillment, content, programs and publications, membership experience, consulting services, marketing, strategic communications, finance, human relations, and executive search services.

Above all, the CEO is a leader with proven success running a complex, mission-driven, financially sustainable organization, with significant experience-based understanding of higher education and higher education governance. An advanced degree is required; a terminal degree is preferred.

For more information on this role please see the full Profile.

Nominations and Applications

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications in April and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 5, 2024.

Candidates Should Provide: 

  • Letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the characteristics and priorities expressed in the position profile.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Five professional references with emails, telephone numbers, and a description of the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed (references will not be contacted without prior written authorization from the applicant).

Please click here (bit.ly/3u33HfV) to apply for the position. Should you have any questions or encounter any difficulties with the application process, please contact AGBCEO@agbsearch.com.

The search is being assisted by the following professionals from AGB Search:

Rod McDavis, Managing Principal, Rod.mcdavis@agbsearch.com, (804) 514-1982

Monica Burton, Principal, monica.burton@agbsearch.com, (917) 825-2961

Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, Principal, margaret.plympton@agbsearch.com, (484) 554-4543

Andrew Bowen, Executive Search Consultant, Andrew.bowen@agbsearch.com, (802) 345-1279

AGB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Employees are selected on the basis of their qualifications and work experience. AGB does not discriminate against any candidate for employment or employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical handicap, matriculation, or political affiliation. AGB also strives to recruit and promote qualified candidates from minority groups, women, veterans, and the disabled.

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