Dean of the School of Business
St. Catherine University
Dean of the School of Business
St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) seeks an experienced and innovative leader with strategic vision to serve as the Dean of the School of Business.
A vibrant university with one of the largest private Catholic women’s colleges in the country at its heart, St. Kate’s prepares students to make a difference in their professions, their communities, and the world through incorporating and emphasizing principles of social justice and Catholic Social Teaching throughout its programs. Within its structure of three colleges and three schools, the University is home to nearly 5,000 students in associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, and certificate programs. The University has approximately 317 faculty and 408 staff.
The School of Business delivers a transformative education and develops students’ confidence, adaptability, and performance-ready expertise to become ethical, effective leaders in their chosen field. Designed in consultation with business partners, innovative curriculum and real-world projects nurture creative and collaborative mindsets, preparing students to take action in an ever-changing, connected world. Small class sizes, one-on-one mentoring, and a focus on sustainability make our programs unique, along with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Dedicated faculty serve as academic advisors and career mentors. They work with a diverse student body to introduce them to a wide range of careers within each discipline and help connect students with sought-after jobs and internships that refine business communications skills, broaden perspectives, and make valuable professional connections that provide access to full-time positions.
The School of Business consists of four academic departments –– undergraduate Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL), and Apparel, Merchandising, and Design –– as well as the Center for Sales Innovation, which provides continuing education opportunities in sales leadership. The undergraduate programs include programs of study for traditional students in the College for Women and for non-traditional students in the College for Adults. Students develop an understanding of the broader business environment while allowing for in-depth study into one or more areas of interest. Many students earn a double major or a major and a minor within the school. Students also pursue a range of interdisciplinary majors and minors that cross schools.
The School of Business is embarking on an exciting time of growth in both its size and impact. Previously part of the broader School of Business and Professional Studies, the newly standalone business school is poised for innovation and expansion. As the Dean, this person will have the unique opportunity to lead an emerging business school and develop a lasting vision for advancing the school into the future. The Dean will be charged with enhancing the school’s local, regional, national, and global brand and reputation, as well as fundraising and strategically growing enrollments. The Dean will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the business community to strengthen the breadth and depth of programs offered by the school, including programs in entrepreneurship and data analysis. In doing so, they will foster a culture of inclusive excellence that provides an outstanding, personalized experience for all students. The Dean will promote the mission, vision, and values of the University, advocate for the school to both internal and external audiences, and serve as the primary liaison between the Provost, President, Senior Leadership Team, and the School of Business. As the university is developing an Academic Master Plan, the Dean will need to align strategic priorities to the plan.
St. Kate’s seeks a seasoned professional with a wide range of experience in business and higher education. A successful candidate will have a record of distinguished achievement that demonstrates the ability to provide outstanding leadership and position the school in the marketplace to be recognized for educating women to lead and influence in business. This person will have the growth mindset necessary to shape and execute the vision of the School of Business and strategically grow enrollment. Candidates should demonstrate leadership qualities that are consistent with the University’s mission, vision, and academic philosophy as well as an educational background that is commensurate with the position.
Reporting directly to the Provost, the ideal candidate will have:
- Passion for women’s education, social justice, and the liberal arts and the ability to articulate how these core tenets of the University’s mission serve as a foundation for the growth of the School of Business.
- Demonstrated track record of generating new resources to drive program innovation and growth and record of, or aptitude for, obtaining external financial support from corporate partners, mission-aligned organizations, and individuals.
- Demonstrated track record of established business partnerships and the ability to develop and nurture long-lasting relationships with the local, regional, and national business community.
- Record of, or aptitude for, developing academic programs and overseeing the assessment and evaluation necessary for accreditation and internal review purposes.
- Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence. This includes a commitment to the core principles of diversity and inclusion with an explicit emphasis on equity and excellence in student learning.
- Leadership expertise, including strong communication and relationship building skills, to motivate and inspire faculty and staff to achieve the future strategic goals of the school.
- Capacity to balance many roles as leader and administrator, including experience developing and maintaining budgets and overseeing faculty, staff and organizational performance.
- Ability to work collaboratively with other deans and the Provost to create shared opportunities for interdepartmental programmatic development, particularly in health care and data science.
Nominations and expressions of interest will be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration. To ensure fullest consideration, applications, including CVs and cover letters, should be submitted by Friday, September 20, 2019.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications and nominations may be sent directly to Korn Ferry at: [email protected]
All qualified applicants for employment will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to gender/sex (including pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions), race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in state or local commission, genetic information and veteran status. The University does not discriminate on these bases in administration of its employment and hiring policies and practices, and any other school-administered programs. The University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in hiring or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities.
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