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Our Impact

We believe in the alchemy of impact when institutions and leaders align.

Our expert partners and highly skilled staff believe strongly in the work that universities, colleges, and other nonprofits do, and in the value that great leaders of all backgrounds can bring.


SP&A Executive Search was founded with the intent to focus on executive search in the education and nonprofit sectors. Our mastery of search in these areas is grounded in our knowledge of the sector as a whole, and the rigorous understanding that we pursue of the particular culture, challenges, and aspirations of each of our client institutions.

With this deep knowledge comes the ability to identify the qualifications and personal attributes that distinguish the preparedness of each candidate. Our network and years of experience have given us the ability to identify and evaluate the finest executives of all backgrounds, whether we are supporting a search for a chancellor, president, CEO, vice president, dean, or other senior position.


SP&A Executive Search is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, sharing our clients’ belief that finding new leaders from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented is crucial to advancing society’s educational needs. Our ability to identify and recruit surprising candidates from unconventional backgrounds helps infuse new methods and thinking into organizations seeking change.


Searches that succeed are well run. They bring to the fore the finest candidates and deliver a leader who will rise to the new challenge. Our strong relationships with clients are built on our attention to nuance and detail and to lasting and powerful matches of institution and individual.