Vice President & Senior Associate


Manuel A. Gongon, Jr. is a Principal with Diversified Search, and a member of its Education and Not-for-Profit Practice in the Philadelphia office. His work has included searches for senior leadership positions within prominent higher education institutions, including Ivy League and AAU universities; not-for-profit organizations; and government entities. He has successfully conducted searches for a wide variety of functional leadership roles such as chancellor, president, provost, vice provost for research, academic and administrative deans, vice president for advancement, chief development officer, associate dean and director-level advancement and development positions, vice president for communications and marketing, chief information security officer, chief of police, and executive director.

Manuel’s client list includes: Harvard University; Columbia University; University of Pennsylvania; Cornell University; Duke University; University of Michigan; Tufts University; University of Miami; The George Washington University; University of Oregon; University of Nebraska; Drexel University; Temple University; Florida International University; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Khalifa University; Chapman University; Chatham University; Gallaudet University; Trocaire College; Mount Aloysius College; Palmer College of Chiropractic; Smithsonian Institution; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; Jackie Robinson Foundation; Independent Sector; Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi; Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessments; IELTS International; and IDP, Inc., among others.

Before joining Diversified Search in 2008, Manuel worked for twelve years with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In respective roles, he led government affairs, and community and economic development initiatives on behalf of the Archdiocese and community at-large. 


Professional Activities & Achievements
Former Vice President of the Board of Directors of FINANTA
Advisory Board Member to a North Philadelphia community center Volunteer,  Ocean Healing Group 
Volunteer,  Life Rolls On, organizations providing adaptive sports adventures to wheelchair bound individuals and their families.


BA, English, minor in Business Administration minor, Loyola University Maryland