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To carry out their mission of advancing knowledge and developing the leaders of the future, educational institutions need their own visionary leaders: people with a passion for academic excellence and access, familiarity with the growing role of new technologies in the classroom, a sophisticated global perspective, and the ability to attract talent and financial resources.

Spencer Stuart helps the world's preeminent academic institutions identify and recruit leaders with the talent and credentials to thrive in today's complex academic landscape. Our team of experienced consultants brings comprehensive knowledge of and access to top talent throughout the academic sector, as well as a thorough understanding of the sensitivities and cultural nuances of academia and research-based environments.

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We work with research universities, liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, independent schools, research centers and institutes, and early and secondary education organizations.
We have conducted more than 300 senior-level executive and board searches over the past five years. Ninety-six percent of our executive search placements in academia and research in the past five years are still in their roles today.
We are experienced in assessing and recruiting leaders across all functions with a particular focus on presidents, provosts, deans, chief financial officers, chief information officers and vice presidents.