We are a national, retained executive search firm serving higher education and not-for-profit institutions.

We help mission-driven organizations succeed through the recruitment and development of exceptional talent for a wide range of leadership positions.


Learn more about our approach and search process, our people, and our experience.


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Sage has assisted us in a wide range of searches, from senior positions in student life to key direct reports in the provost’s and president’s offices. Throughout this long history of partnership, we have always appreciated the firm’s unobtrusive professionalism, fine listening skills, and extensive networks. Paula and her colleagues provide the best of both worlds - the personal attention of a small firm and the wide-ranging expertise of a bigger one.
— Provost, Wellesley College
Sage Search was our partner on two key leadership searches.  The firm was
easy to work with and provided a tremendous value to our organization. Their
individualized approach allowed us to build a diverse candidate pool that
matched the objectives of the hiring committee.  We would absolutely use Paula
and her team again in the future.
— President/CEO, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
We recently had the great pleasure of partnering with Sage to recruit an Executive Director for a large university-wide center.  Sage developed a deep pool of candidates, all of whom had national stature in the field. The final candidate was unanimously supported by a 20-member search committee made up of stakeholders from across the university. The success of this search is directly attributable to Sage’s hard work, guidance and insights.
— Vice Provost, Columbia University

Our Clients

We work with a diverse array of organizations nationwide, always tailoring our work to the particular needs of our client. Our clients include: Columbia University, Wellesley College, UCLA, University of Chicago, Iowa State University, RISD, Emerson College...