Dean, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Camden, New Jersey
Jun 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Rowan University, an innovative and agile public research university serving southern New Jersey, welcomes inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU).

CMSRU was created to address the healthcare needs of the state and specifically southern New Jersey. Officially launched in 2012, CMSRU was the first new medical school in New Jersey in 35 years and reached full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in 2016. The incoming Dean will have an historic opportunity to play a critical role in realizing the full vision of CMSRU, and to play a critical role in continuing to build an institution known for its innovation in medical education and clinically relevant research.

CMSRU has grown from its first class of 43 graduating medical students in 2016 to 88 in the class of 2020 and will grow to 104 students in the class of 2022. There are currently more than 550 faculty. Cooper Medical School of Rowan University is proud of its clinical affiliation with Cooper University Health Care, the leading provider of comprehensive health services in southern New Jersey. Cooper University Health Care has more than 650 physicians in over 75 specialties who serve as CMSRU’s clinical faculty. Cooper’s main hospital campus is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Camden, just one block from CMSRU. The University has developed a number of vibrant areas of focus for research and collaboration between CMSRU and the other colleges of the university.

As a full-time employee of Rowan University, the Dean of CMSRU reports to the President of Rowan University with a secondary line of responsibility to the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and consults with the CEO of Cooper University Health Care on matters related to the academic affiliation between the two institutions. The new Dean will be tasked with setting the vision for the CMSRU’s next stage of evolution. This will include building clinical and translational research programs, further expanding inter-professional opportunities, development of graduate programs, and expanding engagement with the community. Candidates must possess an M.D. degree with a record of significant administrative accomplishments in an academic medical setting. The successful candidate will possess a national reputation for clinical and/or biomedical scholarly work, and possess superior communication and relationship-building skills. A strong fiscal acumen, capacity to engage donors and the ability to recruit top quality faculty and staff are requisites, as is the ability to thrive in a community-based medical school setting.

Rowan University is one of two institutions of higher learning that has both M.D. and D.O granting medical schools. Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Stratford NJ which is about 30 minutes from CMSRU by car. A high degree of collaboration is expected between the Deans of these two medical schools and the other colleges of the University. Thus, the demonstration of the ability to foster a collaborative environment is essential for a successful candidate.

Position Summary:

The Cooper Medical School of Rowan University is an integral member of the medical community in Southern New Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Medical education and research are directed at the needs of the community served by the medical school and are based on practical application of skills and knowledge. The person who assumes the role of Dean will be the leader who takes this health sciences campus into the next phase of growth and national prominence. As a full-time employee of Rowan University, the Dean of CMSRU reports to the President of Rowan University with a secondary line of responsibility to the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and consults with the CEO of Cooper University Health Care on matters related to the academic affiliation between the two institutions. The Dean is the chief administrative and academic officer of CMSRU with responsibility for developing and implementing academic and financial strategies and developing an organizational structure that will promote competitive research, clinical and educational programs of the highest caliber. He/she will be responsible for recruiting and developing an outstanding academic and administrative leadership team including chairs, key faculty, and senior administrators.

This critically important senior leadership position in academic medicine requires a dynamic individual with a comprehensive understanding of the multiple missions of CMSRU and the numerous challenges facing academic health centers in today’s education and research environment. Outstanding strategic, communication and diplomacy skills are essential. He/she must be seen as creative and decisive but also a consensus builder with demonstrated success in a complex, multi-faceted academic medical environment.

Major Responsibilities As Dean of CMSRU:

Collaboratively develop, articulate and implement a coherent strategic plan for CMSRU that will be coordinated with the university plan to continuously promote excellence in research, education and clinical care.

Build an administrative and financial structure that will advance each component of CMSRU’s overall mission and strategy.

Ensure that CMSRU remains financially strong and operates in compliance with all applicable federal, state and university laws and regulations. The Dean, through his/her management team, shall also insure the presence of effective internal controls that ensure the integrity and reputation of the institution are safeguarded.

Recruit/support a strong leadership team of associate deans, chairpersons, institute and center directors, and executive administration to unite and inspire a highly effective organization that is committed to achieving them CMSRU’s vision and strategic plan.

Provide visionary leadership and support.

Ensure that the School has a strong mentorship and professional development process to foster faculty professional development and advancement.

Develop a strong philanthropic base to support and endow the programs of the CMSRU.

Promote and enhance diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students.

Foster and develop innovation with an eye towards creating unique partnerships and ventures with industry or other local, national or international business partners and foundations.

Exercise strong advocacy of CMSRU and academic medicine issues at the local, state, and national level.

Collaborate with Cooper University Health Care leadership to achieve the quadruple aim in health care with a focus on education and research.

Serve as a leader for the academic chairs in matters of education and research.

Experience of a Successful Candidate

Progressive success and demonstrated skill in an academic medical or health center that values research, education and clinical care equally and leverages synergies between them.

Significant senior leadership experience with a track record of transformative change and collaborative advancement. Experience in setting and articulating an academic vision, setting and executing a strategy, directing recruitment, overseeing finances and budgeting, and leading/valuing philanthropy are all sought in this recruitment.

Excellent academic accomplishments and credentials.

Demonstrated managerial and business acumen with the ability to motivate and mentor a senior leadership team and provide the necessary guidance and direction to achieve strategic goals.

A recognized leader in medical student, resident and graduate student education.

Demonstrated commitment to and success in faculty mentorship and development including department chairs, associate deans, and senior administrative staff.

An understanding of the complex financial pressures facing public medical schools as well as an understanding of the unique pressures of the current research funding environment is essential.

Must demonstrate the principals of transparent, cooperative and collaborative leadership.

Demonstrated ability to collaborate with partner health system leadership to achieve clinical, educational and research outcomes.

An M.D. (or equivalent) degree and credentials that would warrant appointment at the academic rank of full professor with tenure are required.

Characteristics of a Successful Candidate

The ability to demonstrate collaborative leadership and partnering both within CMSRU, our hospital affiliate(s) and the deans of the other colleges in the University.

Maintaining a culture of the highest integrity and ethics.

Demonstrating strong mentoring and advancing cohesive teams that leverage individual skills for a better collective outcome.

Maintaining a culture that respects, values and promotes diversity within the student body, faculty and staff.

Maintaining a culture of collaboration, civility, and professionalism.

Providing vision, leadership and management for the academic enterprise within CMSRU; attracting, retaining and developing faculty; and setting clear expectations and targets for faculty contribution in collaboration with department chairs and individual faculty members.

Promoting the transfer of knowledge and intellectual property from the bench to the bedside to the marketplace through creative and innovative partnerships.

Building a governance and administrative structure that supports and facilitates long-term collaborations for the mutual benefit of all parties; and by

A persistent pursuit of excellence.

Application Process

The application must be submitted through our online application system as a single file (PDF format) containing a letter of application and a curriculum vita. All applications must be received electronically by July 12, 2017.

Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.

About Rowan University
Rowan University is a public comprehensive state-designated research institution with approximately 17,300 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The University comprises seven colleges and five schools: the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the Colleges of Communication and Creative Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science and Mathematics; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; the School of Health Professions; and the School of Earth and Environment. The institution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation and is ranked third among public institutions in the North by U.S. News & World Report.