Koya’s higher education practice brings decades of experience recruiting exceptional individuals to renowned colleges and universities.

We partner with our clients to identify and attract talented leaders who are ready and able to help define and advance the mission and vision of the institutions they join.


Our Experience

A hallmark of our practice is the range of institutions with which we have partnered: private and public; selective liberal arts colleges, large research universities, and academic medical centers; mission-driven, faith-based; rising and established. Our backgrounds include decades of experience in academic budget and administration, finance and administration, executive education, student affairs, international programs, human resources, and academic work in fields of philosophy and biological sciences, in higher education, nonprofit and private sectors.

We conduct leadership searches at every level—presidents and provosts, senior vice presidents, deans, department chairs and directors. We have developed relationships with senior academic and administrative leaders, leading to a deep and extensive network of potential candidates and sources.

See a select list of representative higher education clients.


Deepening the Mission of Higher Education

In the rapidly evolving landscape of higher education, identifying and attracting exceptional academic and administrative leadership is key to an institution’s success. For our practice, higher education is what we know and do. This singular focus has fostered a deep understanding of the opportunities, challenges and relevant issues facing institutions and their leadership currently and prospectively.

Our practice spans the broadest possible range of leadership roles, contributing to a nuanced understanding of the synergies that drive strategy, culture and change in higher education. We are proud of our track record placing talented leaders from diverse backgrounds and who bring new and innovative approaches to higher education as it evolves and transforms.



Our Network
An extensive, deep and diverse network of candidates across mission-driven sectors
Our Reputation
A proven record of attracting talented leaders prepared to shape and advance the mission and vision of the institutions they join
Our Partnership
Deeply committed to our clients and candidates and to highest levels of client service