J.B. Speed School of Engineering Dean

Louisville, Kentucky
Jun 12, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Louisville (UofL) is seeking an accomplished, collaborative, entrepreneurial and strategic leader to serve as the next dean of one of its largest academic units, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering (the Speed School). Since 1925, the Speed School has been a national leader in educational excellence, research, and technology transfer. Enrolling approximately 2,700 students (roughly 600 in graduate programs), the Speed School is growing. The next dean will take over a healthy and well-respected school with the challenges and opportunities that come with that growth. The next dean will be expected to execute a vision for the future of the Speed School to become the preeminent provider of high-quality, accessible, and experiential-based engineering education and a national leader among public, metropolitan engineering institutions in research, scholarship, and creative activity.

The Speed School’s 110 accomplished faculty – with the support of dedicated staff – are recognized for their commitment to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, invention, and community outreach. Through its co-op and outreach programs, the Speed School is closely connected to the city of Louisville, a thriving metropolitan city boasting both Midwestern sensibility and Southern charm.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and University Provost, and providing leadership for a large and diverse team, the dean of the Speed School is accountable for planning, implementation, and operation of the school, and will be responsible for executing a strategy to ensure that its educational excellence, research productivity, connections to the wider community, and national reputation continue to improve.

The selected candidate will be a visionary and inspiring leader with a track record of leadership within an organization of similar or greater scale. The dean will be academically accomplished, possess a strong background in research, and demonstrate business acumen along with a track record of successful research and educational initiatives. S/he will be a person of the highest integrity with a collegial style that engenders trust and inspires excellence, and will have exemplary communication skills.

The University of Louisville is assisted in this recruitment by Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the firm at the below address:

Dan Rodas, Vice President

Matt Tzuker, Senior Associate


The University of Louisville is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and leadership, and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

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