A dynamic educational experience answers the call of potential and imagination, spurs growth of individuals and ideas, rouses passions, and cultivates opportunity. Other nonprofit organizations similarly elevate our communities while serving and protecting those at-risk, cherished beliefs, and vulnerable resources. The evolving education and nonprofit landscape requires values-driven leaders who incorporate diverse perspectives while continuously improving. The stakes could not be higher.

Education and nonprofit institutions are acclimating to revenue challenges, in many cases attributable to increased competition, low growth, or declining government funding. Shifting demographics mean there are new populations to be served in different ways and, for education, that historical numbers of students aren’t necessarily available from traditional sources. Policymakers and other stakeholders are shifting focus to measuring outcomes and the adoption of performance-based funding models. While these new realities can be daunting, many tools exist for forward-thinking organizations to not only maintain but thrive. The ongoing Digital Revolution is providing increasingly flexible and customizable ways to communicate and provide services. New approaches to constituent communications can enhance affinity, perceived value, participation, and giving among an organization’s stakeholders. Data analytics, formal risk assessment, enrollment management for education, and strategic planning can improve outcomes, sustainability, and mission fulfillment. By securing the right leadership and appropriately leveraging sophisticated methodologies, institutions can ensure they are ready for a future that looks quite different from their past.

Diversified Search is proud of its exceptional track record of identifying, assessing, and recruiting leaders to the education and nonprofit sectors. Many of our consultants have served as education and nonprofit administrators and leaders, giving them firsthand knowledge of these environments and organizational dynamics. We have dedicated our own careers and passions to these vital causes, and now apply our expertise in executive search and leadership assessment to partner with mission-focused clients. Our own mission is truly realized in the ways our client partners are enriching the lives of individuals and communities on a local, national, and global scale.


Educational institutions we serve:

  • Public and private comprehensive, research-intensive universities
  • Public and private regional universities and colleges
  • Liberal arts colleges
  • Community colleges
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Faith-based institutions
  • For-profit education companies
  • Independent schools
  • Public K-12


Diversified Search has extensive experience conducting successful searches for senior leaders in education, including presidents, chief executives, and heads of schools; provosts; academic and administrative deans; vice presidents; endowed chairs; heads of institutes and research centers; and other business unit leaders. We conduct searches for leaders across a wide range of academic, advancement, business, financial, and student services functions.


Nonprofit organizations we serve:

  • Social and Human Service
  • Arts and Cultural
  • Healthcare and Academic Medicine
  • Foundations
  • Faith-based
  • Advocacy
  • Environmental, Conservation
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Governmental Agencies and Departments


Diversified Search has extensive experience conducting successful searches for senior nonprofit leaders, including chief executive officers, presidents, and executive directors; chief financial officers; vice presidents of human resources; vice presidents of development; and other business unit leaders.

Practice Leader

Andrew Wheeler

Managing Director


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