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Drawing on our partners' and associates' extensive experience in the education sector, our firm formed strong partnerships with independent schools from the start. Today, Storbeck Search & Associates continues to grow its independent school practice.

Because we take a comprehensive yet flexible approach to every search and successfully complete 125+ searches each year, we have the experience and know-how to customize your search to fit your school's needs. 

Why choose Storbeck Search for independent school search?

  • Expertise

    SSA’s team approach assures a breadth and depth of expertise working to find and actively recruit leadership candidates. In addition to your dedicated search team, the full expertise of the firm’s partners and associates is ready to be tapped for your search.
  • Customization

    Each school’s search is unique, and Storbeck Search designs a search process that meets the needs of your school and your search. We take the time to understand your school well and to develop strategies that will produce the best candidate pool and search outcomes for your school. 
  • Research

    We have dedicated research staff who continually mine data, study trends, and update our in-house database to ensure a relevant and talented pool of educational leaders.
  • Integrity and Confidentiality

    Integrity is central to everything we do. This includes being willing to turn down another search if it presents the possibility of significant pool overlap with a search we are already conducting. We have robust policies and processes in place to ensure confidentiality to the extent desired by the institution and by potential candidates alike – an important factor for all involved.
  • Proactive Recruitment

    Some of the most qualified and desirable candidates are not actively seeking new positions. Advertising is a limited tool; instead, we actively research and recruit candidates who will be a good fit for your school’s needs and help advance your school's inclusion and equity goals. 
  • Logistical Skill

    Because we are first and foremost experts in search, we run an exceptionally smooth process, handling potential hurdles with a deftness and aplomb that earn the notice of clients and candidates alike.
  • Breadth of Perspective

    Storbeck Search enjoys an outstanding reputation as a search firm focused in the education sector. We truly understand this sector and the student populations it serves – from three-year-olds to college seniors, from continuing ed students to doctoral fellows. Our decades of experience working with colleges, universities, independent schools, and related nonprofits and foundations allow us to recruit strong traditional and non-traditional candidates for your search.  

As a proud Supporter of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), we look forward to meeting you at the next NAIS Annual Conference and NAIS People of Color Conference. 

Storbeck Search Team Profile

Sherry Coleman, EdD


Sherry brings extensive experience in public and private education at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, having held positions as an administrator, teacher, and adjunct professor. She is also an experienced recruiter and search consultant with a strong focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Sherry understands the challenges and opportunities faced by the most senior managers in schools, especially in regard to hiring, retention, and other strategic initiatives.

Storbeck Search Team Profile

Shelly Weiss Storbeck

Managing Partner

Shelly Weiss Storbeck launched Storbeck Search & Associates after 12 years as co-founder and managing partner of one of the leading firms in higher education executive search. She has one of the most widely recognized names in the field, having recruited senior leaders for America's most prestigious colleges and universities.

Storbeck Search Team Profile

Lisa Solinsky

Senior Associate

Lisa brings to Storbeck Search extensive experience in education, nonprofits, and community leadership and deep knowledge of advancement and fundraising in those sectors.

Storbeck Search Team Profile

Staci Williams Seeley


Staci Williams Seeley was born into a family of educators, and she has gained expansive experience in the field across more than 25 years. College counselor, nonprofit executive director, development director, middle and high school teacher, college mentor, and trustee are among the many roles she has held at independent schools and colleges.

Storbeck Search Team Profile

Ethan Dubow

Managing Associate

Ethan has successfully identified leaders for senior positions including president, provost, vice president, dean, head of school, and executive director, and he has worked with a wide range of institutions, including independent schools, academic consortia, private liberal arts colleges, and large, public, research-intensive universities.

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