Georgeann Cissel Taylor

Georgeann Cissel Taylor

School Services Consultant

54 Rainey Street, #1022
Austin, TX 78701

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Georgeann Taylor brings a unique perspective to Search Associates: that of a former board member in international schools. Georgeann's educational and professional background includes management and organizational consulting, training and facilitation as well as extensive experience with international school boards and administrative recruiting. Georgeann earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas and worked as a consultant and recruiter with Arthur Andersen & Co in the early part of her career. Later, interested in the human aspect of her work, she pursued a Masters degree in Social Work from Tulane University. Following this, she provided counseling as well as managed Employee Assistance programs, working with organizations on crisis intervention, organizational dynamics and team facilitation.

After moving overseas with her husband and children, Georgeann applied her professional energies to international schools in Indonesia, Scotland and Nigeria. She consulted with and/or held positions on the Boards at the International School of Aberdeen and the American International School of Lagos. In both locations, she had leadership responsibilities in recruiting Heads of School, developing important policy initiatives, and managing strategic planning efforts. In Lagos, she played an instrumental role in the High School expansion feasibility study as well as other major policy initiatives.

Georgeann's experience and skill set provide a solid and relevant foundation for the both the administrative search and consulting services that Search offers to independent and international schools. As a Search Associates consultant, she has worked independently and in partnership with Senior Associates with the following schools: AIS Lagos, AIS Lusaka, Lincoln Community School - Accra, Cedar International School and International School of Bangkok.

Georgeann currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area. In addition to her work as a Search Associates consultant, she is currently on the Board of Trustees of The Athenian School in Danville, CA.

Please contact Georgeann Cissel Taylor for more information about the following services;

  • Administrative Search
  • Survey Design & Data Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Policy Development
  • Board Training & Facilitation

As a Search consultant, Georgeann facilitates administrative searches as well as consults with Boards in the areas of survey design/data analysis, policy development, financial sustainability and strategic planning. She also conducts Board training and facilitation sessions both on-site and long distance via video conference. She is dedicated to working in partnership with School Boards and administration to create a more healthy and sustainable future for their school.

Client Testimonials

You managed the Superintendent search from start to finish with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. Your tireless determination to find the best possible candidates for the Search Committee to consider extended as far as delivering a visa personally to a candidate who otherwise would not have made the trip. Your facilitation of the Board's selection process was exceptional and allowed us to focus on making the right choice for the school.  We feel that we have had a very successful search and we cannot thank you enough.

--Ekaba Davies, Search Committee Chair, AIS Lagos

In partnership with Senior Associate Ralph Jahr:

I cannot begin to thank you enough for the prep work you did for our Primary Principal search.  Your background checks were comprehensive, your summaries were packed with vital information, and suggestions were spot-on.

--Chris Muller, Director, AIS Lusaka

We wish to thank you for your excellent facilitation of assisting the school with revision of the Articles of Association & By-Laws. Your guidance, insights and experience were critical to the successful completion of the project.  We have been extremely fortunate to have you as a resource.

--Tom Shearer, Superintendent, AIS Lagos

Thanks for your tremendous support and efforts on the revisions to the admissions policy revision.  We have made significant in-roads here and you have been instrumental to all of our efforts. No matter where I go… I will always have a great company to assist any school district that needs guidance. Search Associates with you can have a significant impact on any school that wants to make a step change for the better.

--Joseph Lunsford, Board Vice-President, AIS Lagos

Did You Know…?

President of Search Associates, Jessica Magagna, was born in Morocco and attended the American Community School in Iran while her father was headmaster.