Karen Goldstein

Karen L. Goldstein joined AGB Search in 2016 after completing six years as a search consultant and financial consultant in higher education. In addition to helping colleges and universities to find the best possible leaders for their institution, Dr. Goldstein has led institutions through the strategic planning process, assuring the inclusion of strategic financial planning, and has conducted successful financial assessments and reorganizations for several institutions.

Dr. Goldstein is the retired Vice President for Business and Finance at Davidson College, where she served for six years and was responsible for an operating budget of $95 million and a college endowment of $500 million. Under her leadership, the Division of Business and Finance developed and implemented a strategic planning process that resulted in continuously improving services across the institution as demonstrated by customer surveys in each area.

Prior to Davidson, Dr. Goldstein served as Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of Puget Sound, where she was responsible for an operating budget of $75 million and a university endowment of $215 million. While at Puget Sound, Dr. Goldstein served on the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities as a reviewer. She was also a member of PACCON, an association of private college and university financial officers, and WACUBO, the Western Association of College and University Business Officers.

Before her work at the University of Puget Sound, Dr. Goldstein served as the Chief Deputy Director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where her responsibilities included those of Chief Financial and Operating Officer. She also served as Acting Vice President for Development, raising over $5 million for various museum programs. During that time, Dr. Goldstein taught workshops in strategic planning for the American Association of Museums and taught a course section on strategic planning at the University of Southern California.

Prior to the Natural History Museum, Dr. Goldstein served as Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, where she functioned as principal investigator for an $8.5 million advanced technologies grant from the US Department of Defense and a $6 million Unisys/NSF grant for use of the World Wide Web in support of science learning.

Dr. Goldstein served in a number of capacities over 27 years at the University of Pennsylvania, in academic and financial administration, and information technology, completing her service as the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration in the School of Arts and Sciences, responsible for a budget of over $175 million. In that role, she initiated the strategic planning process for the school and developed innovative student tracking software.

Dr. Goldstein has served in various capacities for The National Association of College and University Business Officers, EDUCAUSE (a higher education information technology association), Society of College and University Planning Officers (SCUP), the Association of Institutional Research, and the American Association of Museums. She was a faculty member at the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute from 2005 through 2007, and was also a faculty member at the SCUP Planning Institute in 2006. She also served as an ACE Fellow at Princeton University from 1980 to 1981.

Dr. Goldstein has written and presented about strategic planning, leadership, finance and information technology in higher education and in museums. Her most recent publications involved the impact of current financial and technological challenges on leadership and governance in higher education and the expanding role of the Chief Financial Officer.

Dr. Goldstein received her B.A. degree from Tufts University, her M.A. degree and Ph.D. degree in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.