Dean of the Driehaus College of Business

DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois
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Aug 21, 2021

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Dean of the Driehaus College of Business  

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

DePaul University (DePaul) seeks a visionary and entrepreneurial Dean to lead the Driehaus College of Business (Driehaus). This is an exceptional opportunity for an innovative and mission-driven individual to join a welcoming community as an important campus leader at the largest Catholic university in the country. 

Founded in 1898, DePaul is located in the heart of Chicago, one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities. Named after St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century French priest who devoted his life to serving and caring for others, DePaul has always been an institution that serves first-generation and low-income students. The Vincentian mission to serve the public good and give people of all ethnicities and faiths the opportunity to receive a college education remains at the heart of the University.

Driehaus College of Business is the nation’s 10th-oldest business school and the first within an American Catholic University. Located in Chicago’s downtown Loop business district, the College is intrinsically connected to Chicago’s robust business community and ideally positioned to provide its students with the unique combination of theory and practical experience necessary to ensure their success in the marketplace. Grounded in Catholic and Vincentian values, the College actively lives out its mission of developing responsible leaders and managers who are prepared to add value in today’s diverse and globalized society. The College offers the largest undergraduate business program in Chicago and numerous highly ranked graduate programs through the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (housed within the College). With 66% of students remaining local after graduation and a total of 70,000 alumni living and working in the Chicagoland area, Driehaus is the backbone of the Chicago business community, and the next Dean of the College will have the opportunity to cement its reputation as “Chicago’s Business School.” At the same time, international programs and online offerings extend the College’s reach beyond this global city.

Reporting to DePaul’s Provost, Dr. Salma Ghanem, the Dean serves as the chief executive officer of the College and is responsible for the quality of academic programs and for managing the fiscal resources, human resources, and the physical facilities of the College. 

To ensure continued progress toward Driehaus’s 2024 Strategic Plan: Connection, Culture, and Commitment, the Dean will be nimble at managing both internal and external priorities and activities for the College. The Dean will provide support for the faculty, staff, and students by creating a positive environment for teaching, research, and service to DePaul University and its surrounding communities. As the public face of Driehaus, the Dean will enthusiastically tell its story to alumni, corporate leaders, and high-potential supporters in the city of Chicago, the Midwest region and beyond.

Driehaus College of Business is the largest academic unit on DePaul’s campus, and it is imperative that the Dean leads the way in supporting and promoting the university-wide initiatives around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging that are so firmly rooted in DePaul’s mission. More specifically, the Dean will work to advance the diversity of faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups, articulate an understanding of the educational and social value of a diverse community, and foster an inclusive educational and workplace climate. 

DePaul University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be sent in confidence to: 

Sean Farrell, Partner

Gale Merseth, Partner

Micah Pierce, Managing Associate

Kristen Andersen, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.


Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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