Search Associates is a team of 22 Senior Associates and 5 Consultants with offices around the globe. Many have a background of very successful careers as international school administrators and together bring over 500 years of experience in international education to our organization. The combination of global perspective and personal attention that our Associates provide sets us apart from any other recruiting firm. We understand the challenges that many schools face and can draw on our practical knowledge and skills to help your school meet a wide range of needs, including:

Educational Programs and Services

  • Guidance Services: Includes student advising, development, and leadership in areas re­lated to secondary guidance, life-skills, and col­lege counseling programs. Contact: Barry Drake
  • Curriculum Development: Includes introduction of IB, bilingual, experiential and service learning programs. Contact: Gez Hayden, Barry Drake
  • Host Culture and Cross-Cultural Studies: Provides ways to integrate your host country into your regular curriculum. Contact: John Ritter, Gez Hayden, Barry Drake


  • Developing Good Governance: Includes roles and responsibilities, effective practices, and implementation methods. Contact: John Ritter, Georgeann Taylor
  • Board Structure and Composition: Provides ways to move to a more "hybrid" or self-perpetuating board by reviewing and revising constitutions and by-laws. Contact: John Ritter, Georgeann Taylor
  • Policy and Procedure Reviews: Includes “slimming” policy manuals to shift procedures to operational handbooks. Also includes aligning policies and practices, evaluating and recommending policies. Contact: John Ritter, Georgeann Taylor
  • Board and Head Evaluation Methods: Contact: Jim Ambrose, John Ritter, Ralph Jahr, Barry Drake
  • Transition Planning: Provides information designed for heads, boards, and board chairs. Contact: Jim Ambrose, John Ritter


Administration / Personnel

For more information about our comprehensive board administrative and consulting services, you can directly contact the Associates listed above or our Executive Manager, Melinda Williams.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Julie Ryan was named a National Distinguished Principal by the U.S. State Department and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.