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By AGB    //    Volume 28,  Number 4   //    July/August 2020

AGB Search Celebrates a Decade

IN 2020, AGB Search is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its founding as an executive search firm focused on the higher education sector. Over the past decade, AGB Search has completed more than 700 permanent and interim search engagements and has also developed a Compensation Evaluation Service in partnership with CUPA-HR. The firm has partnered with colleges, universities, university systems, and related foundations and associations on more than 200 searches for presidents and chancellors, more than 100 searches for provosts and vice presidents of academic affairs, more than 130 dean searches, and hundreds of searches for vice presidents and other leadership positions. AGB Search has grown to include six principals, more than 40 executive search consultants, and nearly 20 research associates and staff. During the COVID-19 pandemic, AGB Search has continued work virtually, recently completing their first virtual search for the Linfield College chief information officer. “We look forward to the next decade and beyond as we continue our important work of advancing diverse, talented leaders for higher education institutions,” says Melissa Trotta, associate managing principal of AGB Search.

AGB Welcomes New Members (Since January 2020)

Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
American University of Ras Al Khaimah
ASA College
Bay Path University
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
California Institute of the Arts
Clarks Summit University
College Unbound
Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation
Fairmont State University
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
Harris-Stowe State University
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Jacksonville State University
John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
Middlesex Community College
Millersville University
Northwestern Polytechnic University
Simon Fraser University Foundation
Soka University of America
State Technical College of Missouri
Stout University Foundation, Inc.
Talladega College
The Foundations for the City College of New York
The Olivet Foundation
Troy University
University of Massachusetts Foundation, Inc.
University of Rhode Island
University of Silicon Andhra
Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation
Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering Foundation
Western Governors University

Upcoming Webinars

Title IX Changes: What Board Members Need to Know
July 1, 2020 1:00–2:15 pm EST

The Consolidation Era in Higher Education and Mergers/Affiliation Trends
July 8, 2020 1:00–2:00 PM EST

From Response to Recovery: Restoring Institutional Momentum Post-COVID-19
July 21, 2020 1:00–2:00 PM EST

Effective Virtual Board Governance Structures
July 23, 2020 2:00–3:00 PM EST

Scenario Planning for an Uncertain Future: 2021 and Beyond
July 27, 2020 1:00–2:00 PM EST

Foundations: Navigating Our Current Crisis with Best Practices
July 29, 2020, July 23, 2020 2:00–3:15 PM EST

Developing Presidential Leadership in an Era of Disruption
July 30, 2020 12:00–1:00 PM EST

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Log on to the Digital Edition of Trusteeship

A digital edition of Trusteeship was launched in January 2020, and each issue now has a print edition and a digital edition that can be read on a computer or tablet. The digital edition is a replica of the print version, so it looks exactly like the print version electronically, including artwork and original page design. If you want to share articles for board meetings, you can print pages from the digital edition on your printer or click “save as” to print them as PDFs to keep for personal use or share with others at meetings or educational events. To access the digital editions for all issues available, go to

Please note: AGB does not allow PDFs of magazine articles to be hosted on third-party websites, so please do not upload them to websites or distribute them electronically through social media or other mass sharing vehicles. Distributing them to board members for meetings or to others for educational purposes in small groups is permitted.

AGB Announces Innovative Virtual Events for Members

Ask the Expert
AGB Consulting is excited to announce a new virtual event offering called Ask the Expert. These are small, complementary, virtual sessions of up to 20 people where participants will be able to engage with AGB experts about a host of critical issues facing their institutions. Participants will be able to ask the experts anything while engaging and interacting with their peers. Sessions will be facilitated by AGB consultants and will be 45 to 60 minutes long. The sessions will not be recorded in order to encourage open discussion and questions. To sign up for a session, go to “AGB Consulting has gone 100 percent virtual with services that are flexible, affordable, customized, and timely,” says Ken Knueven, managing director of AGB Consulting.

AGB is pleased to introduce Peer-to-Peer Conversations. These are small virtual group discussions designed for board chairs and vice-chairs that allow you to connect with counterparts at other institutions to discuss the latest challenges in higher education. The groups will be capped at 15 participants and will be 75 minutes long. An AGB senior fellow will help provide structure and input and kick-start the meeting. The rest of the conversation will up to the attendees. These conversations will not be recorded in order to foster and open and honest dialogue. Learn more here at

New AGB Staff

Tiffany Dean has two decades of experience in nonprofit governance, including work as a board professional at an institutionally related foundation. Specialties include meeting and conference planning, trustee recruitment and on-boarding, board evaluations, strategic planning and execution, change management, current and former board member engagement, and board policies and record keeping. A native of Portland, Oregon, Tiffany graduated from Whittier College in Los Angeles with a BA in political science. Tiffany joined AGB in March 2020 as the senior director of institutionally related foundations.

Lesley McBain has extensive experience as a researcher in higher education associations, including with the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She has also worked in the U.S. Department of Education in federal student aid. Lesley has a PhD and MA in education from UCLA, a MS from Drexel University, and a BA from Temple University. Lesley joined AGB in June 2020 as the director of research.

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