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Higher Education

Higher education is Isaacson, Miller's largest and most comprehensive practice, with more than half our work in university and college leadership. In thousands of searches across the entire academy, we have served the most distinguished public and private research universities and selective liberal arts colleges. Many are repeat clients; a growing number are international. New presidents have turned to us to help them shape their cabinets.

We credit our success to networks that span the full range of academic institutions, from community colleges to research intensive universities. We regularly network with faculty, trustees, administrators, alumni and funders, and we forge relationships across allied networks such as academic medicine and research, cultural institutions, and foundations. Search committees trust us to find and evaluate candidates who combine powerful organizational leadership with substantive managerial ability, who are committed to a compelling educational mission.


California State University

Joseph Castro named the 8th Chancellor of the California State University.

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President, University of Maryland

Daryll Pines named the 34th President of the University of Maryland, College Park.

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President, Simmons University

Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten has been named the 9th President of Simmons University.

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Director, WCER

Courtney Bell has been named the next Director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

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Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Oberlin College and Conservatory

David Kamitsuka has been named the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College and Conservatory.

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President, Roger Williams University

Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis has been named the 11th President of Roger Williams University.

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President, Samuel Merritt University

Ching-Hua Wang has been named the President of Samuel Merrit University.

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Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design, Johns Hopkins University

Farouk Dey has been named the inaugural Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design at Johns Hopkins University.

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President, Tuskegee University

Lily D. McNair has been named the eighth President of Tuskegee University.

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HBCUs: Building on an Extraordinary Legacy

In January 2019, David A. Thomas will be inaugurated as the 12th president of Morehouse College, marking the 13th time an HBCU has partnered with IM to fill a leadership position.

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President, Oberlin College

Carmen Twillie Ambar is selected to serve as the 15th President of Oberlin College.

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Dean, Duke University School of Law

Kerry Abrams has been named the next Dean of the Duke University School of Law.

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VP for Enrollment Management, University of New Mexico

Dan Garcia has been named the Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of New Mexico.

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