Jamie Ferrare is Senior Vice President of the Association of Governing Boards and Principal of AGB Search. He leads an extremely capable search and consulting team of 30 consultants, 10 research associates and 5 office staff.
Before joining AGB Search, he was a past president and a senior consultant with Academic Search, Inc., where he served for 10 years and successfully completed searches at all levels. Since 2000, he has led more than 100 searches for Presidents, Academic Vice Presidents and Deans in public and private colleges and universities as well as church affiliated schools and independent liberal arts and fine arts institutions. Prior to joining Academic Search, Dr. Ferrare was dean of the school of education at Drake University. As dean, he successfully enacted what he taught in his faculty role, that of Associate Professor of Leadership and Adult Development. While at Drake, too, Dr. Ferrare led a string of successful searches for university administrators, faculty members, and high-profile school superintendents.
Prior to his deanship, Dr. Ferrare was a faculty member and Assistant Dean responsible for policy development, budgeting, and student support. Before coming to Drake, he served as Associate Executive Director of the School Administrators of Iowa and as associate superintendent of schools for the nationally renowned West Des Moines Community School district. He also has taught at the middle and high school levels in public school districts in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ferrare has a long record as a consultant in strategic planning, performance assessment and organizational development. In addition to his work with colleges and universities around the country; he has facilitated programs for diverse organizations including Bank Boards, multiple Chamber of Commerce Leadership Groups, K-12 public and private school boards, political caucus leadership teams and government employee organizations.
Along with Joseph Johnston, Dr. Ferrare co-authored the 2013 book, A Complete Guide to Presidential Search for University and Colleges. (AGB Publications) The book focuses on best practices when conducting a presidential search and is geared for University and College trustees and presidential search committees.
Dr. Ferrare earned his Bachelor of Science in education and his Master's degree in reading and education from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. His Ph.D., in education policy and administration, is from Iowa State University.