In an era of relentless change, colleges and universities need to be nimble—making informed decisions quickly. At times like these you need a trusted partner, one who understands your needs and can connect you to an experienced and vetted network of talented higher education professionals. For more than 25 years, The Registry has successfully placed more senior leaders on campuses across the nation and around the world than any other organization. Whether you are searching for the best-matched interim to guide your institution through a challenging transition or you would like to join the ranks of our membership, we invite you to explore and learn more about us. We think you will see why The Registry is the nation's Gold Standard in interim placements.

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Registry Best Practices Define The Gold Standard

The Registry’s success matching the right interim executives to the right institutions is made possible by its burgeoning membership of more than 1,000 veteran executives; and is enhanced by the development of—and adherence to—the following six best practices for interim engagements:

  • All of The Registry’s preliminary work is pro bono—including the identification and selection of candidates.
  • Registry interim candidates have already been pre-qualified—and they are immediately available to be matched to the needs and requirements of your institution.
  • The Registry’s business model makes it possible for institutions to cap their overall costs at current budgetary levels for the duration of the interim engagement.
  • A Registry “Expectations Document” is collaboratively developed that defines the purpose, direction and desired outcomes.
  • The Registry is a membership-based organization, which preempts the need for expensive, time-consuming and potentially disruptive open-market interim searches.
  • For more than twenty-five years, the Registry has provided the best talent—and its members have delivered the best results.
A Proven Process

The Registry’s success in delivering the right interim leaders to the right institutions is built upon a proven, four-step process:

Getting to know you

We work closely with you to gain the knowledge and insight to find candidates who fit your goals. They will review materials and consult directly with your board chair, president and other key decision makers.

Drawing on experienced candidates

We offer a pool deep with talent. Our members are already vetted by and contracted to The Registry and can be ready on short notice to assume interim positions.

Managing the selection process

We help you make the right choice. A Registry principal will travel to campus with your chosen finalists to participate in a customized and collegial selection process. Excluding travel expenses, the process is pro-bono.

Tracking results

We help you manage expectations. A Registry principal will develop an expectations document that identifies your challenges and priorities and establishes accountability for your new interim administrator.


"[The Interim] worked very effectively with the incoming president, consulted with him on continuing changes after the new president had been announced and did all he could to enable his successor to assume leadership with confidence. For the third time, I would recommend him without question. If possible, we would designate him as Interim President Emeritus for his outstanding work."

Dr. Peter Garland, Former Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education

"Importantly, [the Interim] provided the leadership and management needed to oversee the Advancement division. He did this with a high level of collaboration, professionalism and data-informed decision making.  He was instrumental in overseeing the year-end fundraising goals and conducted a staff retreat which set the tone and plans for the next fiscal year, setting a sound stage for the permanent Vice President’s arrival.  He was a collaborative partner with the President’s Cabinet and developed several policies which had been needed in Institutional Advancement.  I found [the Interim] to exceed expectations with his leadership and establishing a new tone for the entire area under his responsibility."

Dr. Suzanne Mellon, President, Carlow University

"The mission of the Registry, as well as its measured outcomes, is an outstanding "value added" to the American higher education enterprise. I was blessed to benefit from the many and valued prior experiences of a former president and provost, who served in an interim capacity at my institution. My Registry colleague was able to hit the ground running and bring all the talent and experiences of prior positions to bear. Our entire college community benefited from the one year Registry appointment that ended up as a two-plus year assignment."


Kathleen Owens, PhD, President Gwynedd-Mercy College

"I would use the Registry again in a heartbeat. It was, as it turns out, just the perfect partnership and provided value to the university far, far in excess of the standard fees requested."



Dr. Steven A. Stargardter, Former President, JFK University

"I want to thank you personally for the kind attention you paid to helping us find an interim candidate with the abilities we needed. I have found the entire experience working with you and your team at the Registry to be very professional and enjoyable. Clearly we couldn’t have had a better experience or found a more qualified and competent interim without your help. Thank you."

Mark A. Nook, Chancellor Montana State University Billings

"This was the first time our college used the Registry to fill an administrative position. I was very pleased with the quality of the candidates that were identified for us, and I had no hesitation in filling a subsequent interim positions through the same process."


Nancy Kleniewski, President SUNY Oneonta

"Several SUNY campuses have used the Registry to fill immediate leadership needs with success. I applaud the Registry for their careful selection of experienced leaders to its ranks and providing this valuable service to campuses that need it."

Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor State University of New York
2021 AASCU Chief Academic Officers Meeting

RAS President Kevin Matthews discussed transitioning from retirement to interim leadership with Dr. Barbara Lyman, PhD, Interim Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at SUNY New Paltz at the 2021 American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Chief Academic Officers Meeting. Don't miss their insightful discussion!


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