DHR International’s Education Practice Group engages in executive searches in Higher Education, K-12 systems and education-related organizations globally.

DHR’s Education Practice is a global practice with the ability to serve education clients and their partnerships, affiliates, and campuses around the world. We conduct executive searches for education systems, colleges and universities, related associations, and commissions and foundations.

In this pivotal moment when institutions are showing greater interest in considering leadership from outside of the education sector, DHR is exceptionally positioned to identify, assess, and recruit these leaders. Our firm, with a global footprint of more than 50 offices, has the network and access inside and outside of education to attract diverse, traditional, and non-traditional talent from around the globe. 

DHR's Education Practice is designed to assemble highly collaborative teams that include a formidable array of partners, including specialists in finance, law, technology, academic services, student services, health services and sports.

Our exclusive assessment tool, Leap, provides insight into the management and leadership styles of candidates, bringing scientifically proven data to our clients and enhancing DHR’s search process to ensure successful and sustainable placements. 

Personalized service, integrity, and confidentiality are at the core of who we are and what we do. We are energetic and passionate about how education cultivates the mind, transforms learning, and changes society.

Higher Education: Cutting edge. Creative. Client Focused. 

In higher education search, the mission and culture of an institution play an intrinsic role in every key appointment. A successful search starts with a strong partnership between the institution and its search consultants. At DHR, we pride ourselves on understanding the issues our client institutions face, adapting the search process to specific institutional needs, and focusing on the best experiential and cultural fit.

We work with search committees, campus and institutional leadership, and hiring managers in a collaborative, transparent way.  We know when to challenge a search committee and when to apply a soft touch with key stakeholders and the campus community.

What also sets us apart is our enthusiastic ability to champion an institution and position it attractively to the most qualified and appealing candidates in the market.


  • Provost
  • Deans
  • Institutional Research
  • Faculty
  • Student Affairs
  • Residential Life
  • Enrollment


  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Development
  • Communications
  • Alumni Relations


  • Chancellors / Presidents
  • Vice Chancellors / Vice Presidents
  • Chief of Staff, Deputies
  • Chief Financial Officers / SVP Administration
  • Technology (CTO, CSO, CIO)
  • Human Resources
  • Facilities & Campus Security 

Our Search Process

Our proven search process, expertise, and two-year guarantee ensure that we will identify and recruit the most highly qualified candidates who are the optimal cultural fit. This search process enables our consultants to meet and exceed client expectations. We assist our clients in defining the position, developing the search strategy, understanding and analyzing marketplace information, and identifying quality candidates. 

On every search we maintain complete confidentiality for both the candidates and client. Our process promotes innovative and exclusive search solutions. DHR attracts best talent to the education sector, assesses that talent, and forges partnerships built on trust and commitment to recruit that talent.

Commitment to Advancing Diversity

DHR embraces a culture of diversity and inclusion and believes in this culture’s ability to strengthen and transform organizations. In every search we conduct, our objective is to present clients with the best possible pool of candidates in terms of expertise, functional knowledge, diversity, and organizational fit. This approach creates a dynamic, adaptable workforce that the global economy and multicultural labor force demands.