Higher Education - Executive Search

Higher Education Executive Search

Exceptional Leadership for Higher Education

Higher education institutions are complex organizations that require superior leadership and management to operate exceptionally. The hiring of top-level executives, such as presidents, provosts, and deans, is a critical task that requires specialized skills and deep knowledge of the sector. That's why many universities and colleges turn to executive search firms that specialize in higher education.

At CBIZ EFL Associates, we understand the concept of institutional fit. Our higher education practice has conducted countless searches for colleges and universities across the U.S. Our industry expertise and market credibility allow us to identify the best leadership candidates for our institutional partners based on a thorough understanding of their unique needs, challenges, and cultures.

Client Sectors:

  • Public Universities
  • Private Universities
  • Research Universities
  • Liberal Arts & Community Colleges
  • Faith-Based Colleges & Universities




Functional Disciplines:

  • Presidents & Chancellors
  • Provosts & Deans
  • Vice Presidents & Officers
  • Athletic Directors & Coaches
  • Associate / Assistant Vice Presidents
  • Directors / Executive Directors
  • Endowed Faculty Positions

Our Commitment

  • We pledge to present highly motivated, professional candidates whose skills align precisely with the needs of our client colleges and universities.
  • Since 1978, CBIZ EFL Associates has served every variety of educational institution. Our clients range from small private colleges to large public research universities.
  • Our agility allows us to craft an executive search process to fit every need and budget.

Our Impact

  • 98% retention rate after the first year of employment
  • 70% of university presidents placed in the past ten years are still in office today
  • 60% of our placements are women and/or underrepresented minorities
  • 40 days faster than industry benchmarks

Why Choose CBIZ EFL Associates?

Industry Expertise

With years of experience in the education sector, we understand the unique challenges and opportunities that higher education institutions face. Our team of dedicated professionals has a deep knowledge of the industry, enabling us to identify and attract leaders who are not only experienced but also aligned with your institution's mission and values.

Bespoke Solutions

We recognize that every institution is unique. That's why we offer customized executive search solutions tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're seeking a university president, dean, provost, or other senior-level executive, we have the expertise to find the right fit for your organization.

Extensive Network

Our vast network of contacts in the higher education field gives us access to a diverse pool of talented executives. We don't just rely on traditional recruiting methods – we tap into our extensive network to connect you with candidates who may not be actively seeking new opportunities but are open to the right offer.


We handle all aspects of the search process with the utmost confidentiality, protecting your institution's reputation and ensuring a discreet search for your executive leadership.

Timely Results

We understand that time is of the essence when it comes to executive search. Our efficient and streamlined process is designed to deliver results promptly, allowing your institution to continue its mission without disruptions.

Nationally Recognized Higher Education Recruiter


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Steve Waldron

Managing Director - Higher Education Practice & Legal Practice

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