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Higher Education Consulting

Ilene H. Nagel is President of Education Executives, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the search for AAU and research university presidents, provosts, and deans, as well as the search for senior leaders of distinguished scientific organizations. In addition, Ilene has led the search for the VP for Health Sciences and/or Dean of Medicine for Hopkins, Stanford, UCLA, the University of Michigan, Harvard, Emory, UVA, Brown, UT Southwestern, UAB, Stony Brook, SUNY Buffalo, Indiana University, among others, as well as a variety of chair searches for academic medical centers, and the search for the CEO of the hospital systems for Stanford and for UCLA. 


From 2005-2016, Ilene led the Higher Education practice for Russell Reynolds Associates, an internationally renowned executive search firm; her clients included Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Lehigh, USC, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Georgetown, Washington University, Brown, Emory, UCLA, UVA, UCSD, the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, UT Austin, the University of Minnesota, and a host of others, including, but not limited to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Smithsonian, the Moore Foundation, and Brookhaven National Laboratory.


Before becoming a search consultant, Ilene had more than 30 years’ experience as an academic, with professorial appointments in several AAU research universities. Most recently, Ilene served as the Executive Vice Chancellor (chief academic officer) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before joining the University of California, Ilene was Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, she was on the law faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was a tenured Full Professor, with a joint appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences. During her 20+ year tenure at Indiana University, Ilene took several leaves of absence to accept a variety of visiting faculty appointments at Yale Law School, Cambridge University, Columbia University School of Law, and George Washington University’s National Law Center. 


Ilene received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Hunter College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. She did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota, and received her Master’s of Legal Studies from Stanford Law School. She was a Guggenheim Fellow at Yale Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the Bellagio Conference Center in Italy, and a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University.   


In addition to her academic appointments, Ilene was nominated by the President, and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve a 6-year term in the federal judiciary, as a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission. She ultimately served for 9 years, full time, from 1985-1994, under three United States presidents, while retaining her faculty appointments on a part time basis.               


Ilene serves as a corporate board member of Strada Education Network, an Indiana based Higher Education company, as well as a member of the Board of CGS (the Celerian Group), a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. In addition, Ilene served for several terms on the Board of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and on the Board of Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse and Hospice Association. She is a past and now honorary member of the Board of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and a prior member of the Alfred University Board of Trustees. She is also presently serving as a Board member of the Cape Ann Museum, and the Birnam Wood Golf Club.  


Ilene and her husband, contemporary sculptor Aristides Burton Demetrios, reside in Montecito, California. Aris is a graduate of Harvard University; he is the son of Virginia Lee Burton, renowned children’s book author and illustrator, and George Demetrios, a classical sculptor.


Previous Academic Appointments

University of California, Santa Barbara

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Maryland, College Park

Dean of the Graduate School and

Associate Provost for Research

Indiana University, Bloomington

Tenured Full Professor of Law

United States Sentencing Commission

1985-1994 (Confirmed by United States Senate)

New York University

M.A. and Ph.D.

Hunter College

B.A. magna cum laude

Other Career Highlights

Stanford Law School

Masters of Legal Studies

Sample of Relevant Searches in Higher Education


Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard Medical School)

Chair, Department of Pathology;

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery


Brookhaven National Laboratory



Brown University

Dean of the Division of Biology and Medicine


California Academy of Sciences

Executive Director;

Dean of Research;

Dean of Education


Carnegie Institution for Science



Connecticut College



Cooper Union



Donald Danforth Plant Science Center



Duke University

 Dean, Pratt School of Engineering;

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences;

Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy


Emory University


Dean, School of Law;

Dean, School of Medicine & Chief Academic Officer


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

President and Director (twice)


George Washington University

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs


George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine;

Senior Associate Dean for Research;

Senior Associate Dean for M.D. Programs


Georgetown University Medical Center

Chair, Internal Medicine


Georgia Institute of Technology

Dean, College of Computing


Harvard Medical School


Institute for International Education of Students (IES)



Johns Hopkins University


Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; (three times)

Dean, School of Education;

Dean, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences;

Dean of the School of Medicine, Chief Executive Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Vice President for Medicine;

Dean, Whiting School of Engineering


Lehigh University


Dean, College of Business and Economics;

Dean, Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science;

Anderson Chair of Engineering;

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Massachusetts Institute of Technology



New York University Langone Medical Center

Chair of the Department of Medicine;

Division Director, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine;

Director, Perlmutter Cancer Center;

Director & Endowed Chair, Colton Center for Autoimmunity


New York Genome Center

President / CEO and Scientific Director


Northwestern University

Dean, Law School


Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Technology


Rutgers, State University of New Jersey

Dean, School of Law;

Dean, School of Criminal Justice;

Chancellor for Biomedical and Health Sciences;

Dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School;


Salk Institute for Biological Studies

President and Chief Executive Officer; (twice)


Simons Foundation

Vice President for Research


Smithsonian Institution



Supporters of Agriculture Research

President & CEO


Stanford University

Dean, School of Medicine;

President & CEO, Stanford Health;

Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology


Stony Brook University (SUNY)

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; (three times)

Director, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics;

EVP and Dean, School of Medicine;

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences;

Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences;


Syracuse University

Dean, School of Architecture


Tulane University


Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost;

Senior Vice President and Dean, School of Medicine;

Dean, School of Liberal Arts;

Dean, School of Architecture;

Dean, School of Law;

Dean, Freeman School of Business;



University of Arizona

Senior Vice President for Health Sciences; 


Dean, College of Medicine


University at Buffalo (SUNY)


Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (twice)

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences;

Dean, School of Dental Medicine;

Dean, School of Engineering;

Dean, School of Law;

Dean, School of Management;

Dean, School of Medicine;

Dean, School of Nursing;

Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions;

Vice President for Health Sciences;

Vice President for Research;

Vice President of Development;

Chair, Department of Medicine;

Chair, Department of Surgery;

Dean, School of Dental Medicine;

Dean, School of Law (twice)


University of California, San Diego

Vice Chancellor of Research;

Dean, Division of Biological Sciences;

Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities;

Dean, Division of Social Sciences


University of Delaware 

Dean of Engineering;



University of Miami


Dean of Arts and Sciences;

Executive Vice President and Provost


University of Michigan


Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs;

Executive Vice Dean, Research / Chief Scientific Officer, School of Medicine


University of Minnesota

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dean, College of Arts and Science;


University of Oregon



University of Pennsylvania

Dean, School of Arts & Sciences


University of Southern California

Dean, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences; (twice)

Dean, Gould School of Law;

Dean, School of Medicine


University of Texas - Austin

Dean, Cockrell School of Engineering; (twice)

Dean, McCombs School of Business; (twice)

Dean, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs;

Director, Institute of Critical Urban Policy;

Dean, College of Natural Sciences; (twice)

Dean, School of Law;

Executive Vice President and Provost; (twice)

Dean, Moody College of Communication;

Dean, Graduate School


University of Texas - Southwestern

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean, Medical School; 

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine


University of Utah

Chair, Department of Medicine


University of Virginia

Executive Vice President and Provost;

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs;

Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy;

Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science


Washington University – School of Medicine

Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery;

Chair, Department of Pediatrics




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