Managing Director

Lionel Anderson is a Managing Director in the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture Practice at Diversified Search Group, where he partners with colleges, universities, foundations, and nonprofits to understand their leadership needs, prepare for leadership transition, and identify, vet, and onboard talent into executive leadership roles.

Anderson began his career in executive search at Isaacson, Miller, where he recruited senior leadership for colleges, universities, and foundations. Within higher education, he has focused on presidential searches. His previous clients include the Chemical Heritage Foundation, City University of New York, Colby College, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Morehouse College, New York University, Northeastern University, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Smith College, Temple University, Tuskegee University, University of Chicago, and University of Louisville.

For roughly a decade prior to search, Anderson served in various capacities in undergraduate student development, including serving as the Assistant Director in the Office of Academic Resources at Haverford College and as an academic advisor, adjunct instructor, and student retention coordinator at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. As an inaugural board member of TeenSHARP, a nonprofit college preparatory program for promising low-income students in Camden and Philadelphia, Anderson led efforts to fund the organization’s early college tours with students, while also publishing seasonal op-eds with The New York Times around undergraduate student success.


Phone: 703.615.8308



Master of Science - Higher Education Management

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

University of Pennsylvania