Meet the Search Firm

The presidential search committee has selected Storbeck Search as its partner in the presidential search process.

About Storbeck Search

Shelly Storbeck founded the firm in 2007 to focus on the education sector. Today, Storbeck Search is widely recognized as the leading firm that specializes in executive search on behalf of colleges and universities nationwide. Storbeck Search was acquired by the Diversified Search Group in February 2020. In joining the Diversified Search Group,  Storbeck Search has deepened its networks and expanded its global reach, while maintaining their commitment to diversity and inclusion and their reputation for personalized service. The Diversified Search Group has been ranked among the top five search firms in the world by Forbes.

Storbeck Search believes in the “power of colleges, universities, independent schools, and nonprofits to inform, question, discover, and inspire.” They have an extensive client list, working with institutions such as Carleton College, Mount Holyoke, Drexel University,  NYU and University of Wisconsin.

  • More than two-thirds of their searches are conducted for returning clients
  • Storbeck consultants have completed 1000+ searches in the education and nonprofit sectors
  • More than half of placements are women
  • Nearly one-third of placements are persons of color
  • 87% of our president/chancellor/CEO placements since 2007 are either still in office or served for 5 years or more

About Susan VanGilder, Managing Director

In her 25+ years’ experience in executive search, Susan has identified and recruited leaders for a wide variety of institutions in the education and nonprofit sectors, in the US and abroad. She has conducted searches for presidents, provosts, vice presidents, and administrative and academic deans of colleges and universities, as well as senior leaders of museums, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations.

Susan brings a knowledgeable and well-rounded perspective to the search process, having held several key roles at Storbeck Search since the firm’s founding. Previously, Susan worked in the education practices of A.T. Kearney and another international executive search firm. Susan is currently based in the Washington, D.C., area but has lived and worked in Hawaii, Germany, and Belgium.

Susan’s prior work experience includes managing the information center at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and serving as liaison to its board committee on career opportunities for minorities and women. During her tenure at CASE, she coordinated numerous career development conferences for college, university, and independent school advancement officers.