Higher Education

Heidrick & Struggles’ Higher Education specialty team understands that effective, strategic management is critical for the growth of institutions in this highly competitive field. We know that colleges and universities require aggressive, strategic leadership, fresh approaches and sophisticated fundraising skills to sustain and advance their academic and research programs. Utilizing our global network of partners, we identify and place individuals who bring the management skills, the creativity and the passion needed to successfully accomplish their educational missions.

Our team has extensive experience in the higher education sector.  We possess a deep understanding of the academia culture as well as the qualities and skills required for effective leadership. Executives who serve in the higher education sector must be skillful managers, nimble politicians, exceptional relationship-builders and visionaries who are sensitive to the mission of their institutions and the people they serve. We maintain strong relationships with key executives, education thought-leaders and a network of diverse candidates both inside and outside academia.

We conduct higher education searches at public and private colleges and universities including system head, chancellor, president, vice chancellor, vice president, provost, vice provost and deans, as well as functional roles to include chief financial officer, chief information officer, vice president of human resources, vice president of advancement and general counsel.