Leveraging over three decades of professional experience as an academic, business professional, and search consultant at an international executive search firm, Mr. Chou brings a proven record of success and extensive knowledge about leadership to a broad range of not-for-profit clients regarding executive-level placements, succession planning, and leadership assessment. His portfolio includes senior academic leadership placements for a variety of education clients, in addition to executive-level searches conducted for organizations with a significant educational component.
Mr. Chou's recent assignments represent relationships with a broad range of distinguished public and private academic institutions in North America and Asia. His experience includes a diversified portfolio of senior-level placements at major AAU research institutions, highly ranked liberal arts colleges, and a variety of leading professional colleges. Complementing his academic search work, Mr. Chou has also led many senior executive searches for nationally recognized foundations, museums, public policy, arts and scholarship organizations.
Mr. Chou began his professional career as a software engineer at Fonar Corporation, and subsequently held various senior management positions on Wall Street at several firms, including PaineWebber, and Balfour Maclaine Corporation.
Mr. Chou is a professional violinist and conductor. While occupying the Ronald J. Ulrich Endowed Chair of Orchestral Studies in the department of music at Lehigh University, he also served as a development officer focusing on corporate/foundation relations and major donor cultivation.
He received a master's degree in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a bachelor's degree in music with high distinction from Indiana University-Bloomington.