Executive Search

Alden & Associates, Inc. is dedicated to executing searches for directors of athletics, conference commissioners and head coaches for NCAA Divisions I, II and III institutions.

Seven Benefits To Working With Our Firm

  • One of the primary reasons for retained executive search is successful recruiting. We are committed to presenting a strong candidate pool to our clients—the quality of our recruiting efforts is our forte, as expressed by numerous past clients in their testimonials regarding our search services.
  • We offer our clients a national database of qualified athletics administrators.
  • Alden & Associates, Inc. is a member of the American Council on Education's [ACE] Executive Search Roundtable, affording us the opportunity to monitor hiring trends in higher education.
  • All applicants and candidates are kept informed as to the status and timeline of a search through constant communication with the candidates.
  • We encourage an open applicant process, however, we are adaptable in our search processes and work with our clients to ensure a timely process and delivery of their candidate pool.
  • During a search, our clients are kept continually apprised regarding the status of the search utilizing our unique, Internet-based, password-coded Client Gallery technology. This tool gives the client access to candidate information wherever and whenever it is needed.
  • We employ a Candidate Profile Database for our primary search focus areas where qualified administrators from around the nation indicate to Alden & Associates, Inc. their interest based on a number of indicators, such as position and divisional level, to name a few.

Alden & Associates, Inc. employs its time-tested, highly effective search processes, including all-inclusive research/sourcing techniques and unusually stringent due-diligence. We offer our modified fee structure designed to work within budget constraints and offer an unconditional guarantee.

Diversity is a core value of our firm. We are committed to identifying diverse candidate pools. We specialize in identifying and attracting women and minority candidates for our searches. Our strong commitment to encouraging diversity is witnessed through the quantitative analysis of our candidate pools—80% of our semifinalist pools and 44% of our finalist pools have included women and/or minorities.

Search-related services:

  • Search Committee Procedural Support
  • Creation of Position Announcement and Executive Search Profile
  • Recruiting Qualified Candidates
  • Evaluation of Candidates
  • Background Checks & Referencing
  • Negotiation and Appointment

Indiana State University

“Alden & Associates, Inc. assisted us with our search for a director of intercollegiate athletics. I've served on several search committees over the years, and the Alden-assisted athletics' director search was the best ever! Alden & Associates worked with us from the first advertisements to the last background check, and their work was first class!

The committee was impressed that Alden & Associates recruited a diverse pool of applicants from a wide geographic area. The candidates represented all divisional levels, and possessed substantial experience in intercollegiate athletics. We interviewed four exceptional individuals from a very strong field, and the most difficult part of our search was deciding who would get the offer.

If you are looking for a business that practices high ethical standards in its dealings with candidates and clients alike, you won't find a better organization than Alden & Associates. Dr. Alden's screening recommendations were right on!”


Reed Kidder, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Search Committee Chairperson

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Canisius College

"As the chair of the search committee to find a new athletic director for Canisius College, I found Betsy’s counsel to be of tremendous value. She assisted with all aspects of the search providing a customizable template from which to work. She sourced a diverse and qualified candidate pool, conducted thorough background checks and kept the process moving which was important given our aggressive timeline. If you are looking to conduct a well run, professional search, Betsy is the person to contact."


Dr. Cary M. Anderson
Dean of Students & Chair of the Search Committee

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Seattle University

"This was the best search process I've ever been involved with because of the outstanding connections Alden & Associates enjoys with top candidates. The pool Betsy Alden developed was deeper and richer than we had expected, the support we received through the process was top notch, and we could not be more pleased with the outcome."


Kelley Testy, J.D., Dean, School of Law & Search Committee Chairperson

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North Dakota State University

“During the news conference announcing his selection, our new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics said he was impressed by the detail, commitment, planning and organization of the search committee’s work. As he went through the process, he said it reaffirmed his desire to join NDSU. That reflects highly on the services provided by Alden-Perry Athletics Search [now Alden & Associates, Inc.].”


Dr. Joseph A. Chapman, President

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University of Maine, Orono

“Your input and guidance provided credibility, structure, and perspective to our activities. As a result of your knowledge of the industry and your connections with people in the industry, we were able to attract highly qualified candidates that we would not have been able to attract on our own…An athletic director search is very visible both internally and externally to the university; there are a lot of people to keep happy. To have all of these groups satisfied with the process and the final selection can only be attributed to your skill in guiding the process.”


Dr. Diana Lawson, Associate Dean & Chair of the Search Committee

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University of Maine, Orono

“I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks for the assistance you provided in our recent search for a Director of Athletics. Not only did you attract an outstanding set of candidates to our pool, who would not have been there without your encouragement, you also applied the highest standards of care and diligence to ensure the credentials and quality of the candidates.”


Dr. Peter S. Hoff, President

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