Dean of the Girard School of Business
Merrimack College invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Girard School of Business. Merrimack College seeks an exceptional leader with a strong record of academic and/or professional accomplishment, as well as engagement with the business community, to serve in this key leadership position. The new Dean will have the opportunity to develop and advance a vision of entrepreneurial business education at the Girard School in collaboration with a dynamic faculty and staff and a supportive administration.
Background and Position: Merrimack College is a private, selective, comprehensive college located 30 miles north of Boston in the historic and scenic Merrimack Valley. Founded in 1947 by the Archbishop of Boston and the Order of St. Augustine, the College offers more than 100 undergraduate programs in science and engineering, business, liberal arts, and education and social policy. Merrimack also offers graduate programs in education, business, engineering, public affairs, and criminology. The College’s 3,200 undergraduate and nearly 450 graduate students come from 32 states and 31 countries to form an engaged community of thinkers, learners and achievers integrated in an academic culture of excellence, diversity and stature. The recent implementation of the College’s ten-year strategic plan, the Agenda for Distinction, has led to renewed energy and sense of community, combined with growth of our faculty, and student body. The strategic plan is supported by the college’s current $50 million campaign, Together for Good. The campaign’s success includes the largest gift in the College’s history to name Merrimack’s newest building on campus, which will be the new home of the Girard School of Business. This is an essential time for Merrimack College, and the next Dean will play a role in sustaining the College’s positive momentum.
The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the Girard School of Business. Reporting to the Provost and serving on the Council of Deans, the incumbent is expected to exercise broad responsibilities for both the internal and external dimensions of the position of Dean. Among others, key qualifications should include the following: will have achieved significant impact in his/her career, with academic credentials and/or professional experiences which warrant tenure at the full professor level in a department within the School; demonstrated ability to manage a complex academic organization and to encourage research and scholarship activities among faculty; an interest and demonstrated success in generating new revenue streams through fund-raising and external partnerships; experience in successfully preparing for and developing growth opportunities, including new undergraduate and graduate programs; an interest and demonstrated success in working with the business community; a strong commitment to enhancing diversity. It is highly desired that the next Dean has a strong understanding of and experience with AACSB accreditation to assess the Girard School and develop a plan to achieve that accreditation. Additional information on the Girard School of Business can be found at http://www.merrimack.edu/academics/business.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have the following professional and personal attributes, among others: a terminal degree in business or a related field; significant accomplishments and a track record of visionary leadership which provide the foundation for strong leadership as Dean. It is preferred that he/she also demonstrate substantial fiscal experience and success in external fundraising; a management style of consensus building and teamwork; strong commitment to diversity; experience in curriculum development and assessment; strong communication skills; and the highest personal integrity.
Information for Applicants
Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including letter of interest and curriculum vitae, should be forwarded, in confidence, to:
Steve Leo, Partner
Brian Bustin, Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP
For more information on Merrimack College and its programs, please consult its website: www.merrimack.edu
Merrimack College is an AA/EEO/ADA employer