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Leadership

AGB Institutional Strategies’ leaders were selected for their extensive experience in higher education, business, technology, and finance. Their thorough understanding of the rapidly changing trends in higher education allows them to appreciate the dynamics of an institution while also bringing a unique but collaborative approach to solving complex challenges.

Rick Legon

Rick Legon began his tenure as the fourth president of AGB in 2006. Under his leadership, AGB finalized a new strategic plan for the association. Vision 2018 provides an aggressive agenda for AGB that is focused on service, expanded outreach, and program development, research, and advocacy.

Rick Beyer

Rick Beyer has a unique combination of experience in higher education and business. As managing principal of AGB Institutional Strategies, he helps universities and colleges navigate today’s complex, high-profile, and high-risk business and operational issues.

Jim Hundrieser

Over his 25-year career in higher education, Jim Hundrieser has served in a variety of roles from an institutional vice president, to consultant, to faculty member, to residence hall director. The core of his work has been focused on providing ways for students to gain access to and succeed in higher education.

Michael Bassis

Michael Bassis has particular interest and expertise in leadership and organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, and innovative strategies to control educational costs while enhancing educational quality.

Carlton Brown

Carlton Brown retired from the presidency of Clark Atlanta University in June of 2015 after seven years of service preceded by one year as executive vice president and provost. He previously served as special assistant to the chancellor of the University System of Georgia for the implementation of system-wide change initiatives.

Carol Cartwright

A highly respected voice in higher education, Carol Cartwright’s career has been distinguished by innovative teaching, pioneering research, and national leadership.

Mike Cooney

Mike Cooney is a partner at the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP and the head of its higher education and exempt organizations groups. He has spent more than a quarter century at the firm representing a range of colleges, universities, and their related affiliates.

Mary Graham Davis

Mary Graham Davis brings extensive experience in effective organizational structure, business alignment and performance management, senior leadership coaching, and strategic directional change.

Terri Dautcher

Terri Dautcher's insights are shaped by 25 years of chief executive leadership and accountability for the performance of educational and service-sector institutions.

Steve Golding

Steve Golding serves as the vice president for finance and administration at Ohio University and treasurer of the Ohio University Foundation. He has over 30 years of experience in higher education financial affairs, investment management, strategic resource planning, and government.

Pamela Hammond

Pamela Hammond served as the interim president of Virginia State University where she successfully implemented initiatives to ensure the university’s sustainability, including targeting fiscal solvency, stabilizing student enrollment, and enhancing the university’s brand.

Neil Kerwin

Neil Kerwin was the president of American University from 2007-2017. Before becoming president, he held positions as interim president, university provost, and dean of of the School of Public Affairs.

William Kirwan

William Kirwan is a nationally recognized authority on critical issues shaping the higher education landscape.

Ken Knueven

Ken Knueven has been instrumental in the development, growth, and leadership of innovative organizations for over twenty-five years. He has extensive experience with the Fortune 500 as well as the public sector, higher education, and nonprofit sectors.

Jim Lanier

Jim Lanier has a rich blend of higher education and philanthropic leadership experience. His hands-on perspective is overlaid with extensive insight gained through assisting boards and institutional advancement leaders throughout the country.

Theodore Long

Theodore E. Long has broad experience in the governance of independent colleges, especially on issues related to effective presidential leadership, board-president relations, strategic planning, institutional transformation, and the board’s role in leading change.

William Lynch

William Lynch is a professor and former dean at Drexel University. Dr. Lynch came to Drexel University in 2004 to lead the School of Education and served as a Drexel dean for over ten years, concurrently serving on the university’s executive council.

Sally Mason

Sally Mason served as the 20th president of the University of Iowa from 2007 through 2015. Trained as a cell developmental biologist, she also holds a full professorship in the department of biology in the college of liberal arts and sciences.

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy is an education analyst and researcher. He has worked at a large, public university in western Pennsylvania for seven years, the last five of which as a senior analyst for academic and student affairs planning, analysis, and assessment.

Thomas Meredith

Thomas C. Meredith has served as a university president and as the head of three university systems. Most recently he served as Commissioner of Higher Education for Mississippi's university system of eight universities.

John Palmucci

John Palmucci has served as an executive focused on mission-driven nonprofit institutions with 45 years of experience in leading and managing the administrative and financial functions.

Anne Steele

Anne Steele served as president of Muskingum University, New Concord Ohio for sixteen years. During her tenure, Steele transformed the financial model for the institution becoming a debt-free university during a period of extraordinarily challenging economic times for higher education in general and small private institutions.

James Tucker

James Tucker is an accomplished administrative and business leader in higher education who has managed over 30 departments with 1,800 employees with over a $200-million annual operating budget and $2 billion in construction, real estate, and development over his nearly 40-year career.

Brenda Williams

With more than 35 years of experience in higher education, Brenda Williams offers clients a wealth of insights on effective retention and student success strategies.