Higher Education Searches

Specialized experience in the Higher Education sector since 2001.

Higher Education Specialized Searches

Since 2001 Summit has specialized in the higher education sector. Day in and day out, we work with colleges and universities to understand, to strategize, and to implement searches that yield top talent. Our specialization gives us a keen understanding of the structures, issues, and trends as they evolve in this ever-changing industry. Our diversity sourcing capabilities are consistently appreciated by our clients.

Our portfolio of clients includes:

  • Small to mid-sized private institutions
  • State universities
  • Research universities
  • State college systems
  • Community colleges


Summit’s placement statistics demonstrate an impressive track record of diversity in our candidate pools and a strong record of diverse placements. Our promise is to create sourcing plans that include proactive diversity outreach strategies; we track this work and will share the data with you.

Types of positions:

  • Executive – President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Chief Officers, Diversity Officers
  • Academic – Deans, Chairs, Program Directors, Specialized Faculty, Endowed Chairs, Online, International
  • Administrative – Finance, IT, Human Resources, Diversity, Marketing, Advancement
  • Operations – Chief Operating Officer, Facilities, Campus Safety, Campus Services, Library
  • Student Services – Student Affairs, Enrollment/Admissions, Registrar, Conduct, Financial Aid, Counseling, International
  • Legal, Compliance, and Risk Management


This full-service option is most often selected for highly complex searches that require work with multiple stakeholder groups.

A modified search that focuses on marketing the job, attracting a high quality candidate pool, and working with the client and/or search committee in selecting the best candidates to pursue.

Focuses on marketing the job and building the candidate pool. Candidates that are submitted to the client are pre-qualified based on key criteria.