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Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to assist with NAU presidential search

(Phoenix, AZ) – Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates will assist the Arizona Board of Regents with the search for the next president of Northern Arizona University.

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is an executive search firm specializing in higher education executive recruitment. Managing Partner Alberto Pimentel will be the firm’s lead on this search. He has led and managed hundreds of search assignments for a variety of public and private universities and colleges in the past 20 years, successfully recruiting candidates for both academic and administrative positions for university systems as well as individual campuses. His experience includes conducting searches for presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice presidents, academic deans, executive directors and managers across all functional areas. Pimentel is widely known for his work across multiple campuses.

“We are pleased to bring Storbeck/Pimentel into the search process for the next president of NAU. The firm has a long history of excellence in conducting searches for university presidents and will aid our efforts in finding candidates with the leadership characteristics necessary to lead an institution as exceptional as NAU,” said Regent Fred DuVal, co-chair of the ABOR Search Advisory Committee for the next NAU president.

Before co-founding Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, Pimentel was a vice president in the education and nonprofit practices of A.T. Kearney Executive Search. Previously, he was a search consultant in the education practice of Witt, Kieffer, Ford, Hadelman & Lloyd and a principal in the Los Angeles office of Korn/Ferry International, working in that firm’s education and nonprofit practice. In his early career, Pimentel was a teacher, counselor, teacher advisor and program coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“Bringing this firm into the search is the next step in the process after approving search guidelines and appointing members of the advisory committee to help gather input on the search, assist with leadership characteristics and aid in vetting prospects for the next NAU president,” said Regent Lyndel Manson, co-chair of the ABOR Search Advisory Committee. “We are also soliciting feedback from the community - inside and outside of the university - and appreciate the comments we are receiving which will help inform our search process.”

More information about the NAU presidential search is available here. Individuals may submit comment to the board regarding the search at


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