Ilene H. Nagel is the Leader of the Higher Education Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates, focusing on searches for research universities and colleges, for presidents’ provosts, deans and other senior academic administrators. She is also a member of the Not-For-Profit Practice and the Academic Medicine/Health Services Practice, where she focuses on searches for CEOs of hospital systems affiliated with academic medical centers, for Deans of Medicine, and for chairs and chiefs of departments within the nation’s most prestigious medical schools.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates as a Managing Director, Ilene was the Senior Advisor to the University of California, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and to the Office of the President of the University of California System. Before joining the University of California Office of the President, Dr. Nagel was the Executive Vice Chancellor (chief academic officer) of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and before that, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Research at the University of Maryland (College Park). She served for two decades as a Full-Time Professor of Law at Indiana University (Bloomington), with visiting appointments as a Guggenheim Fellow at Yale Law School, as a Fellow at Cambridge University, as a Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law and as a Professor of Law at the George Washington University School of Law. From 1985-1994, Dr. Nagel was a presidential appointee as a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission, where she served as a Commissioner on the full-time, independent agency in the federal judiciary.
Dr. Nagel was elected to the USA Funds Board in 2000. Dr. Nagel is a member of USA Funds’ Compensation Committee and Governance Committee.
Dr. Nagel received her Master’s of Legal Studies from Stanford University School of Law and her Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. Nagel is also on the Board of Palmetto, GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.
Ilene resides with her husband, Aristides Burton Demetrios, in Montecito, California.