Dean, Schreyer Honors College
Pennsylvania State University
Dean, Schreyer Honors College
The Pennsylvania State University seeks candidates for the position of Dean of the Schreyer Honors College. Penn State is the land-grant University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and comprises the University Park campus, where the administrative offices of the Schreyer Honors College are located, and 24 other campuses throughout the state. Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University, the Dean is a member of the University’s Academic Leadership Council and the University Park Council of Academic Deans. The Dean is responsible for planning, budgeting, student recruitment and retention, fundraising, and the quality of teaching and learning experienced by students in the College and the Presidential Leadership Academy.
The College was founded in 1997 with a generous gift of $30 million from benefactors William A. and Joan L. Schreyer that transformed the highly successful University Scholars Program into a prominent honors college. In 2006, an additional gift of $25 million was presented by the Schreyer family and today, more than 15,000 alumni have graduated from Schreyer. Drawing upon select faculty from across the University who offer small classes and seminars, the Schreyer Honors College provides students with extensive opportunities for undergraduate research, study abroad, professional internships, alumni mentoring, and a national forum for innovation and best practices in learning methods.
Each year, the College receives more than 4,000 applications for 300 first-year student slots, and there is an additional admission option for continuing Penn State students. Overall, there are nearly 2,000 students enrolled in the Schreyer Honors College, representing 3% of Penn State’s undergraduate population. The Schreyer Honors College employs 29 full-time staff members, and the 2020-21 operating budget is approximately $2 million. The current value of the endowment for the Schreyer Honors College is $132,870,120.
The Schreyer Honors College seeks a Dean who can lead effectively and manage a college that is a multidisciplinary, multi-campus center of undergraduate academic excellence. The Dean must have the ability to articulate and implement a vision for honors education; prior experience in academic leadership with supervision of personnel and the responsibility for strategic management of programs and resources; a clear and demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that aligns with the University’s mission of public service; an ability to inspire the Schreyer Honors College community to expand their knowledge and understanding in a global perspective; a commitment to innovative approaches to enrich student lives in and out of the classroom; strong consensus building and interpersonal skills; an ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies within the university community and with external stakeholders, including donors and alumni; an earned terminal degree; an outstanding record of teaching and research; and, credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor.
The full position profile is available at: https://assets.storbecksearch.com/files/resources/psu-honorsdean-pd.pdf.
The University, through the Provost, has retained Storbeck Search, a national executive search consulting firm, to assist in this search. The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and application material, including a letter of interest addressing qualifications, curriculum vitae, and the names of five professional references, should be forwarded in confidence to:
Steve Leo, Partner
Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate
Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Final candidates for the position will be required to complete a full background check process, including education, employment, and criminal as appropriate.
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The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status
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