John W. Garland joined AGB Search as a search consultant in 2012 following a successful career in higher education.
Mr. Garland retired as president emeritus of Central State University in 2012.
presidency in 1997, there were 950 students on campus and only 89 students in the first-year class.
retirement, total enrollment had reached 2,530 and the university anticipated an incoming class of 724 students.
is also credited with building a strong administrative team, improving fiscal management, revitalizing the university's academic offerings, and expanding student services.
experiences include hiring all of the Deans for the university's four colleges as well as assembling a full leadership team of vice presidents, and overseeing the transition of university trustees.
Prior to his presidency, Mr. Garland served as general counsel of the University of the District of Columbia.
then moved to the University of Virginia
served as associate general counsel, executive assistant to president John T. Casteen, and associate vice president for intellectual property, At UVA he
both staffed and participated in a number of senior searches, including the Provost.
Mr. Garland is the President-in-Residence at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).
In this role, he works with the TMCF executive team to provide strategic leadership to member institutions and offers advice and guidance on academic policy matters.
represents 47 state-operated historically Black colleges and universities and partners with them to increase access, retention and graduation rates of students with the hope of creating a diverse pool of talented future workers and leaders.
is a Vietnam veteran who was wounded in combat.
He is a graduate of Central State University and the law school at Ohio State University.
resides in Washington, D.C.