Oscar C. Page joined AGB Search in 2010 as one of the firm's first search consultants. Dr. Page became the 14th president of Austin College July 1, 1994 and served until June 30, 2009. As a search consultant with AGB Search, he has successfully completed presidential, provost, chief executive officer, deans of business, admissions, and students searches. He has also served as a consultant to boards of trustees and presidents relative to presidential transition.
As president emeritus, Dr. Page assisted in the presidential transition by serving as interim vice president for institutional advancement in 2009-2010. He continues to serve the new president as an advisor and consultant in the areas of governance and development. He was named by the president of Rollins College as a Presidential Fellow at the Winter Park Institute during the 2010-2011 year. Following his twenty-two years as a university or college president, he is serving as a consultant to presidents and colleges during leadership transitions and in the field of development and as a mentor to new presidents for the NCAA.
As President of Austin Peay State University and Austin College for 23 years, Dr. Page personally assumed the responsibility to identify and recruit the leadership teams for the institutions. He had served for 17 years as Dean, Vice President and Provost of two different colleges prior to his presidencies and in those roles he recruited the leadership in all areas of the college as well as recruiting faculty. His 30 years experience in building leadership teams at state universities and private colleges gives him a unique perspective to bring to colleges and universities as they seek to fill presidencies, provost and other leadership positions on campuses.
Dr. Page has served on the boards of directors of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities (past president) and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (past board chair), as well as on the Council of Presidents of the Alliance for Higher Education (past chair), and on the Appeals Committee of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He has served two terms on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, and one term on the board of the Institute for the International Education of Students. He served as president of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Commission. He has chaired the Criteria and Review Committee as a member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and chaired over thirty-five special or reaffirmation committees for the Commission on Colleges.
In addition, Dr. Page has served on several national commissions, including the Presidents’ Commission and the Division III Management Council for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, as well as the American Council on Education’s Commission on Women in Higher Education. He received the Chief Executive Officer Leadership Award in April 2006 from District IV of CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) for his leadership in successfully completing a $120 million comprehensive campaign at Austin College.
Before filling the presidency at Austin College, Dr. Page served for six years as the president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and spent ten years at Lander College in South Carolina, where he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and was appointed as acting president for a term. Dr. Page also served as Dean of the college at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and was a member of the history faculties of the Universities of Georgia and Western Kentucky.
Dr. Page, a historian, received his Bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky.