Executive search and interim placement firms announce partnership

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The nation’s oldest and most renowned executive search firm, Academic Search, Inc., and the premier interim executive placement firm, The Registry for College and University Presidents, today announced a new partnership that will better serve the needs of higher education institutions that are seeking permanent or interim leaders.

This partnership “brings together the experience, expertise, and complementary resources of two industry leaders, which should ultimately accrue to the advantage of college and university clients throughout all sectors of the academic world,” said Bryan E. Carlson, president of CES/Registry for College and University Presidents. An institution that uses the services of either firm, he said, will receive discounts and preferential treatment from the other firm, as well as access to a broader array of consultants and to background research already conducted for a search by either firm.

Added George J. Matthews, chairman of CES/Registry for College and University Presidents and chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of Northeastern University, “The services offered by both firms will be geared to facilitate seamless transitions in executive placement. Consulting services will include succession planning, interim placements, and executive searches, as well as pre-search and post-search consulting support for presidents, senior executives, and governing boards.”

Jessica Kozloff, president of Academic Search, Inc., stated that “the primary focus and strength of Academic Search is in the process for permanent appointments, and we want to put all of our resources into finding the best matches for long-term and highly successful leadership appointments for our college and university clients.” But “when an interim placement is needed, this partnership will make it possible for college and university clients to achieve smooth leadership transitions, while avoiding the pitfalls of two sequential searches. In this way, institutions can avoid confusion which becomes detrimental to the search, recruitment, and appointment of the best candidates for permanent positions.”

Scott D. Miller, president of Bethany College (WV) and chair of the board of directors of Academic Search, Inc., added “The partnership between these two venerable firms will benefit colleges and universities in many ways, including greater efficiency in conducting searches, potential cost-savings, and better-informed perspectives, while avoiding the risk of conflict of interest. This is a win-win for presidents, trustees, and the institutions they serve.”

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Academic Search, Inc., founded in 1976, is a subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), a nonprofit organization that supports leadership identification, development, research, and support programs across all sectors of public and private higher education. All profits from Academic Search, Inc. support AALI’s leadership development programs.

The Registry for College and University Presidents is a subsidiary of Collegiate Enterprise Solutions, LLC. The Registry is not a search firm, but instead is an interim placement firm with over 550 pre-qualified, veteran members positioned for immediate service at colleges and universities throughout the nation and abroad.