Georgeann Cissel Taylor

Georgeann Cissel Taylor

Project Consultant

Austin, Texas

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Georgeann joined Search Associates in 2010 as a Consultant.  She brings a unique perspective to Search Associates - that of an accomplished consultant as well as an experienced board member in international and US independent schools. As a Search consultant, Georgeann has worked with partner schools to provide consulting services in the following areas:  Board Governance Training, Governance Structure and Policy Consultation, Survey Design & Analysis (compensation benchmarking, stakeholder feedback, organizational effectiveness), and Strategy Development.

Georgeann's educational and professional background includes management and organizational consulting, training, and facilitation as well as extensive experience with school boards and administrative recruiting.  Georgeann earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas and worked as a management consultant and recruiter with Arthur Andersen & Co in the early part of her career. Later, interested in the human aspect of her work, she earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University.  Following this, she provided counseling services as well as managed Employee Assistance programs, working with organizations on crisis intervention, organizational dynamics, and team facilitation. 

During her 12 years living overseas, 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, the American International School of Lagos and Jakarta Intercultural School.  While residing in California, she was a Trustee at the Athenian School in Danville, CA.  Georgeann is able to draw on this extensive Board experience along with professional training when working with partner schools.

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

  • Governance Structure and Policy Development/Review
  • Board Training & Facilitation
  • Survey Design & Data Analysis:  compensation benchmarking, community feedback, accreditation
  • Admissions & Marketing Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Sustainability

As a Search consultant, Georgeann 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.

Recent Client Testimonials

In all of her work with ISY, I have been impressed with the level of research and preparation Georgeann does. She strives to completely understand the context of a situation, and then delivers products and presentations unique to what a particular school is looking for. I have worked with several board consultants in my 16 years as a school head. Many of them have “canned” approaches and presentations. Georgeann does not work that way though. When working with Georgeann, it is clear she has done her homework and is clearly delivering to the specific school she is working with. - Dr. Gregory Hedger, Director, International School of Yangon

Georgeann is a clear and strategic thinker, who has vast knowledge of international school governance and works diligently to promote good governance among her clients. I cannot recommend Georgeann highly enough. - Elizabeth Shick, Former Board Chair, International School of Yangon

I'm grateful for the intelligence and wealth of experience Georgeann brought to the school and the improvements that she has fostered through her work with us...both on the Community Feedback Survey  for parents and students, and the Organizational Effectiveness Survey for faculty. As a result of her excellent analytical skills, the deliverables produced were exceptional. Georgeann has brought great value to AISG.- Dr. Bernadette Carmody, Former Director, American International School of Guangzhou

Revising Board Policy manuals can be an overwhelming task for any school board and leadership team.  Georgeann's expertise in this area and strategic thinking made it possible to tackle this task with confidence.  We could not have done it without her.- Dr. Timothy Stuart, Head of School, International Community School Addis Ababa


Did You Know…?

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