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L. Jay Lemons, President and Senior Consultant
L. Jay Lemons
President and Senior Consultant

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Dr. L. Jay Lemons became president of Academic Search in 2017, after serving for 25 years as a college president in both public and private higher education. A recognized leader in the academy, Lemons has been particularly devoted to supporting leadership talent by working with new college presidents on the faculty of the new presidents’ programs of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and through the professional development programs for aspiring leaders of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).

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Jessica Kozloff, Senior Consultant
Jessica S. Kozloff
Senior Consultant

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Dr. Jessica S. Kozloff has been a senior consultant with Academic Search since July, 2008. She served as president of the firm from July, 2011 to June 30, 2017. Since joining Academic Search, she has served as Lead Consultant for presidential, cabinet level and dean searches, particularly in public colleges and universities. She previously spent 13 years as president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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Academic Search is an executive search firm founded in 1976 and dedicated to serving higher education institutions and related organizations. From its beginning, Academic Search has had the ambitious goal to provide colleges, universities and related organizations with highly professional, individually focused search services modeled on best practices in other sectors, which at the time was a new concept in higher education.

Based in Washington, D.C., Academic Search is the wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership identification, development and support programs to academic leaders in various administrative positions across all sectors of higher education. This relationship strengthens the ongoing commitment by Academic Search to leadership development as well as the identification of outstanding candidates for positions.

A distinctive characteristic of Academic Search is the number of senior consultants in the firm who have had significant careers in higher education prior to joining the firm and who provide access to a wide network of potential qualified candidates. Their scope of experience allows the firm to match the consultants carefully with prospective clients, ensuring that the consultants understand the institutional needs and are able to gather a rich pool of applicants.

Academic Search is consistently able to recruit rich pools of experienced, motivated and qualified candidates. With over 1,000 former clients, the experience and expertise of Academic Search are unequalled. We offer a “best practices” approach to search, one that is customized to each client’s needs, expectations and culture. Our aim is a search that proceeds expeditiously toward an outcome that is embraced by the campus as a whole. Our goal is not simply to select a person but to launch success in office. Visit our website at to learn more.

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