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 
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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

Functional Expertise

  • Senior Leadership Positions e.g., commissioner, president, chancellor, executive director, CEO, vice president, vice chancellor, unit head, superintendent, dean and head of any disciplinary areas.
  • Academic & Research e.g., faculty in specialized areas, cluster hires, hires to build expertise into new areas, endowed chairs, heads of research centers and units, staff within the research operations.
  • General Administrative Positions e.g., division heads, department chairs, program directors.
  • State & System Leaders e.g., heads of system offices and coordinating boards and senior officers of such entities.
  • Academic and Allied Health Leaders e.g., heads of academic medical complexes and institutions, deans of medicine and allied health academic units, department chairs, program heads, endowed chairs, specialized faculty, heads of research centers and units.
  • Expertise e.g., academic affairs, administrative operations, advancement, alumni relations, business and finance, enrollment management, diversity, equity and inclusion/inclusive excellence, information technology, general counsel, government relations, human resources, information services, institutional research, international campus, learning services, library, planning, regional campus administration, research, student affairs, student support areas, system services, technology, university relations and all other areas involved in the senior leadership team.
  • Disciplinary Areas e.g., 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.