R. Thomas Fitch

Vice President and Senior Consultant

Dr. Thomas Fitch became vice president of Academic Search, Inc. in 2012. He has more than 20 years of experience in recruiting and conducting searches, which he leverages to bring his clients sound judgment, credibility, and a focus on partnership with institutional leaders and search committees. Recent assignments have included senior level administrators at a broad range of institutions, from private liberal arts colleges and large private universities to both large and small public institutions. He has an in-depth understanding of the essential leadership qualities necessary in different environments as well as the ingredients for completing successful searches in today’s increasingly complex and globally interconnected world. 

Dr. Fitch has had a distinguished career in both higher education and corporate recruiting. As vice president, his responsibilities include serving as a senior consultant for searches as well as supporting the president in advancing the firm through strategic goals and initiatives. He has held a variety of positions, including dean of students and director of recruiting, and has served as a faculty member at both large public and small private institutions, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Mercer University, The Atlanta College of Art, and the University of Georgia. Furthermore, he has led the recruiting efforts of two Fortune 500 corporations, Georgia-Pacific and AT&T Wireless, and until 2008 was the founder and first director of the Emory Search Group, an internal recruiting organization at Emory University that conducts nationwide searches for senior administrators. 

Dr. Fitch holds a B.S. and M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.