In May, the Presidential Search Committee retained the Washington DC-based firm AGB Search to assist the University in finding its next permanent president. AGB Search, a subsidiary of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, focuses exclusively on higher education leadership. The firm partners with colleges and universities nationwide to conduct executive searches for presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice presidents, deans, university system heads, and CEOs of coordinating boards and related foundations.

AGB Search’s consultants have assisted in successful presidential searches for institutions including Ball State University, Texas Tech University, Marshall University, Widener University, and, closer to home, Fisher College and Wheelock College. Their approach is highly tailored to the specialized needs of individual institutions.

The consultants assisting in Suffolk University’s presidential search are:

Roderick J. McDavisRoderick J. McDavis
Dr. McDavis served as president of Ohio University between 2004 and 2016. He is the managing principal of AGB. Read his full bio here.



James H. McCormickJames H. McCormick
Dr. McCormick is chancellor emeritus of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, where he was also the founding chancellor. He led each system for over a decade. Read his full bio here.


Janice S. FitzgeraldJanice S. Fitzgerald
Ms. Fitzgerald, consultant of counsel with AGB Search, is a former chief of staff and deputy chancellor for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and the founding public relations and communications director for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Read her full bio here.

AGB's leaders have an extraordinarily broad network within higher education and have great experience in identifying an inclusive and diverse pool of exceptional candidates. For more information on our search partners, visit