Executive Search: Education

Spanning public, private, not-for-profit and for-profit, BSG experts have a deep understanding of hiring in the education industry.

Retained Executive Search for Education
No one in executive search knows education better than BSG. With our partners frequenting the most important conferences we understand trends and know those who set the trends. Having been immersed in education for the past two decades means that our roots are as deep and strong as our understanding of the changes that are occurring. As one of BSG’s largest practice areas our track record includes more than 300 senior-level searches for companies big and small, public and private, for–profit and not–for–profit, at the VP level and above. We help build today’s leadership in companies who help build the education of tomorrow’s shining stars.
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Musings on Hiring in Education
Looking Outside of the Education Box “Should we look exclusively within education, or should we consider people outside education?” Some version of that question is asked more and moreoften in our pre-search discussions as we launch senior level executive searches in the for-profit education sectors.

bsg in the education industry

Our industry expertise comprises the full spectrum of education markets––K–12, post-secondary, corporate, and consumer––as well as products and services that include distance learning, SES and EMO, administrative and curricular technology solutions, assessment, teacher professional development, for–profit college education, and corporate training. Clients have gone public, merged, been acquired, raised and invested capital, grown through acquisition, and, in most cases, thrived under strong leadership.

BSG's commitment to the industry also goes beyond executive search. As sponsors and panelists for such industry events as ASU/GSV; EdNET; Eduventures' K-12 Markets and Opportunities and Digital Education Marketplace; IIR's Education Investment Forum; eSchoolNews' Business to Education Technology Summit; APSCU's Education Industry Finance and Investment Institute and Senior Executive Management Seminar; and the SIIA Ed Tech Industry Summit, BSG has remained consistent in its belief that competence as a service provider begins with knowledge of an industry's people, companies, niches, and trends.

Some of our notable clients within the broad education sector (spanning K12, higher ed, edtech, distance learning, and corporate learning & corporate training) include but are not limited to:

Edmentum Rosetta Stone Burning Glass AltSchool
CIG Education Group American Public University System (APUS) OnCourse Learning Turnitin/Insight Venture Partners
eDynamic Learning Quad Partners InsideTrack Voyager Sopris Learning
Elsevier GEMS Education Cambridge Education Group American Honors/Quad Learning
Catapult Learning MeTEOR Education Illuminate Education Center for the Collaborative Classroom
Human Capital Institute ILSC DecisionDesk Jones & Bartlett Learning
Penn Foster Teachers for Tomorrow Western Governors University  


PreK - 12.

Roughly one-third of our clients service our youngest learners. We have worked with companies supplying products, services, and support to the full spectrum of the preK-12 market. BSG has built the executive teams of companies servicing special ed, at-risk, gifted and talented students and the entire spectrum in between. Whether a company focuses on public, private, charter, personalized learning or the homeschool network BSG has the know-how to find the right executive for the role.

Higher Education.

Higher education is an interesting market in that it is simultaneously rapidly changing and steeped in tradition, another third of our work focuses here. BSG works with for-profit institutions and companies selling into every level of post-secondary education. Our client list is peppered with pathway companies, those supporting Community Colleges, online providers and enablers, platform companies, and assessment businesses of every flavor.

Career & Consumer Learning

Perhaps the most rapidly expanding sector of education is in the hands of those hungry for education after having entered the work force. The final third of our work lies with companies providing on-going learning for those looking to advance their career and personal knowledge. Often interlocked, career and consumer learning ranges from those providing technical expertise to companies specializing in executive growth and coaching. Education is not only key in securing that first job, but also in advancing within one’s career. BSG’s expertise can help companies providing educational solutions to both consumers and businesses build out their path forward.

Ed Tech.

Technology is pervasive throughout education. Whether working within a niche or going-to-market with a platform beneficial across all sectors, BSG’s expertise helps companies hire the right executive to move past roadblocks and build both top and bottom line.

PE and Portfolio Companies.

BSG has worked extensively with prominent PE companies and their portfolio companies. We understand the sense of urgency in critical hires and the importance of being discreet. Changes can happen fast once an event has taken place and we are there to make sure that the new leadership is ready to move forward. Whether the search is done sub rosa, when a CEO is unaware s/he is being replaced, or with full transparency BSG has the team to get the job done - and quickly.


Years In Business
BSG has placed top candidates since 1997
Hire External
90.2% of searches result in an external hire
24 years is the average executive search experience in our team. We count 173 years all together
3 in 4
CEOs Still Leading
Of all CEO searches BSG has done within the last 5 years, 3 out of 4 CEOs continue to lead their organizations to new growth milestones
We are driven by a passion to improve the entire search process for PE-backed middle market companies.

“It was the best experience I’ve ever had with a search firm. I was incredibly impressed. It was a 10 out of 10.”

Brian Nairn, Education Growth Partners


"The tools that BSG used helped them understand our culture.  No other search firms we talked to used them.  Also, BSG has a unique process that allowed us to get to know the candidates more quickly, a very efficient way to do so. BSG was very professional, we felt we were in good hands. They sourced a lot of good candidates relatively quickly."

Paul Schroeder, CEO, ILSC


"The sell-side tools that BSG employs offer an innovative approach that allows CEOs to authentically share their company’s story."

Frank Britt, CEO Penn Foster

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The Importance of “Discovery” in Executive Search: Measure twice, cut once

The point I always come back to is that to manage a successful search, to find the best executives for positions, real heavy lifting must be done before candidates are interviewed. This part of the search is called “discovery,” and without it, the search can go astray and drag on.


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