Executive Search


We are the experts at recruiting and developing leaders.

At Greenwood Asher & Associates, we approach executive search a little differently than most. We believe in the power of partnerships and collaboration, combined with evidence-based best practices and experience, to design a customized search for the unique needs and characteristics of each institution we serve.

By providing concierge-level service and support to our clients and candidates, we are able to identify and recruit high-quality, diverse, executive talent. Our comprehensive referencing allows the search committee to confidently assess candidates and select the best person to lead the institution in fulfilling its mission.

Key positions we support:

    • Presidents
    • Chancellors
    • Provosts
    • Deans
    • Vice Presidents
    • Directors
    • Diversity Officers
    • Department Chairpersons
    • Research Leaders 


Graphic: Recruitment - Research and develop profiles, then reach out to highly qualified candidates to develop a robust pool. Present candidates for consideration.


  • Meet with hiring manager and search committee chair(s) to establish parameters and operational details

  • Conduct forums, interviews and/or phone calls with stakeholders as requested

  • Search startup meeting with search committee or hiring manager to provide information about search process and establish operational details

  • Develop, in consultation with search committee, position profiles, advertising texts and plans, process details, work plans, schedules and budget for project


  • Position advertisement and job description in appropriate media outlets

  • Promote the organization through our recruiting process

  • Identify candidates who match client requirements from original research and G/A&A database

  • Secure nominations and referrals

  • Introduce search to qualified and highly desirable prospects and provide rationale for their application


  • Evaluate candidates’ experiences as related to client expectations

  • Support search committee in its review of all applications through G/A&A branded screening and evaluation tools

  • Advise search committee and coordinate candidates through round one Interviews

  • Perform 360 degree referencing on finalists

  • Conduct analytical competency-based assessments when requested by client

  • Coordinate background checking as requested by client


  • Facilitate additional rounds of interviews

  • Support final recommendation process of search committee

  • Assist selection by hiring manager

  • Advise hiring manager regarding contract signing, announcement procedures and transition considerations


  • Assist selection and negotiations by hiring manager

  • Support development of announcement materials and process

  • Notify all candidates, nominators and others associated with the search about its outcome

  • Accelerate a smooth transition and onboarding process as requested

  • State and System Leaders Heads of system offices and coordinating boards and senior officers of such entities.
  • System chancellors/presidents Heads of coordinating boards, and senior officers
  • Senior Leadership Positions President, chancellor, commissioner, CEO, superintendent, provost, vice chancellor/president, chief of staff/senior advisor, executive director, dean, unit head or head of disciplinary areas
  • Academic and Allied Health Leaders Heads of academic medical complexes, deans of medicine or allied health units, heads of research centers/units, department chairs, program heads, endowed chairs, or specialized faculty
  • Academic and Research Positions Specialized faculty, heads of research centers/units, cluster hires to build/expand institutional expertise, endowed chairs, and staff supporting research operations
  • Organizational Function Academic affairs, clinical or health affairs and academic medicine, advancement, development and alumni relations, business and finance, administration/operations, marketing and communications, enrollment management, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence), information technology, general counsel, government and external relations, human resources, information services, institutional research and innovation/institutional research and planning, compliance/risk management, international affairs/global education/global initiatives, learning services, library, student affairs, university relations, and continuing education and extension
  • Disciplinary Specialty Agriculture, architecture and allied arts, allied human services, arts and sciences, biological sciences, engineering & technology, fine & applied arts, liberal arts & sciences, business administration, computing & informatics, criminal justice, continuing education, criminal justice, dentistry, education, environmental sciences, graduate studies and research, honors, human development, international campus, journalism and mass communication, law, libraries, medicine, music, natural & applied sciences, nursing, pharmacy, professional education, social work, sustainability studies, STEM, theater and performing arts, urban planning, university college, visual arts & design and all other disciplinary areas existing in education