Dean, School of Business

Alcorn State University
Lorman, MS

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Special Instructions:

For full consideration, applicants should include and upload the following as separate documents:
1) a letter of interest addressing the broad themes in the position summary
2) a curriculum vitae
3) transcripts
4) a leadership statement
5) list of five references
6) a diversity statement describing the candidate’s experiences with diversity in teaching, research, service, and/or industry.

Job Title:

Dean, School of Business

FLSA Status:


Posted Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience.

Employment Status:

Full Time


School of Business

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Business will provide academic and administrative leadership for the School, develop current and future programs, engage in activities to increase undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, and provide effective management for the School of Business. Dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service, the Dean is expected to cultivate strong alumni and external relationships to support and grow the School; increase the fundraising capacity of the School; have a vision to expand the School of Business as a strong academic center in the region with the experience and ability to support and implement innovative instruction appropriate for a twenty-first century university; will collaboratively create and implement both short-and long-term strategic goals consistent with the university’s mission and vision; and, will supervise and implement assessment and accreditation standards and initiatives, including separate specialized accreditation.

In addition to promoting the mission through research and service, the Dean will be responsible for managing and directing the School’s fiscal plan, budgets and all general administration. The Dean will also serve as a contributing member of the Provost’s future-directed, student-centric Executive Leadership Team and the Deans’ Council.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

The candidate must have a proven record of academic and professional achievement, commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate/professor in the School of Business.

Essential Job Functions :

The Dean is responsible to the Provost for the recruitment, appointment, reappointment/retention, promotion, and tenure of the Alcorn School of Business faculty.

The Dean will work through the established promotion, tenure, rank, and leave process of the University and is responsible for maintaining its integrity.

The Dean will orient new faculty (both regular rank and non-regular rank) to University policies and procedures.

The Dean will work with the Chair of the undergraduate and MBA programs in the context of strategic plans to ensure the highest standards of scholarship is maintained among the faculty.

The Dean will provide budgetary and administrative oversight of all academic programs.

The Dean will represent the University to important constituencies, including various national and international groups.

The Dean will be responsible for developing and implementing curriculum.

The Dean will promote the School’s external; visibility to all relevant constituencies.

The Dean will have an aggressive agenda in the establishment of effective Centers of Excellence, serving primarily as think-tanks, focusing on innovative solutions for key business-related challenges.

Through strategic and insightful leadership, the Dean will expand the external funding from contracts and grants and ensure the successful viability of such Centers to promote partnerships among faculty, business enterprises, external sponsors and alumni for productive collaboration, research and ongoing placement of students.

With strong industry ties, the Dean will actively be engaged in the community and will create a diverse Industry Advisory Board.

In addition, the Dean will collaborate with the university’s Institutional Advancement Office and leadership to seek and secure significant ongoing commitments and funds from corporate and private support to sustain the anticipated growth of the School and enhance student learning experiences through discovery and application.

As the position is external-facing for business education on campus and in the region, the Dean will be expected to have excellent interpersonal and strong written and oral communication skills with a display of openness, integrity, a spirit of collaboration and a commitment to shared governance.

The Dean must direct and support faculty during the faculty lifecycle of talent acquisition, tenure, promotion, and performance evaluation.

Through thoughtful/careful nurturing and mentoring, the Dean will develop both the individual and collective thinking towards significant academic contributions.

The Dean provides oversight for the undergraduate and masters programs which currently serve over 320 students with a substantial expected growth to meet the new and growing business needs of the region and the state.

Other Duties:

To be successful in this appointment, the Dean of the Alcorn School of Business must be:

an intellectual leader among the faculty who can be expected to have the highest aspirations in faculty hiring and retention, advancement, training, and ongoing professional development hiring and retention

a conscientious administrator broadly familiar with issues in higher education and with strong linkages to the business community

a strong advocate for the Alcorn School of Business and its teaching mission in University’s strategic commitment to its land-grant legacy as an effective fund-raiser



An earned doctorate in a business discipline or economics from accredited school;

Experience with AACSB and/or AACSB accreditation;

Demonstrated effectiveness in management of fiscal resources;

Demonstrated experience in fundraising and resource development;

Experience in building and sustaining positive external relationships; Strong fundraising and sponsored programming experience;

Knowledge of national and internal trends in higher education business; Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills;

Strong experience with SACS accreditation standards;

Commitment to transparency and discussion in leadership/management style; Commitment to the land-grant mission of public-HBCU;

Significant academic leadership experience, including experience at the level of Department Chair, associate dean, or above;

Ability to articulate the collegiate goals and vision to internal and external constituents;

Strong leadership ability in strategic planning and motivational skills;

Experience with graduate education and online delivery modalities;

Experience with student outcome assessment and use of data in decision-making;

Ability to work collaboratively with leadership of the other colleges and units on campus in order to achieve the university mission; and,

A record of scholarly achievement justifying appointment at the rank of Associate/Professor.

A demonstrated track record of articulating imagination through vision, innovation and strategic direction in transforming a unit, department, school or college.

Evidence of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship and distinction in professional achievements and partnerships with business enterprises appropriate for appointment as a tenured full professor in the School of Business.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the impact of blended learning on students is an advantage.

Administrative experience as department chair, associate dean or equivalent level with involvement in fiscal planning & budgets, ability to lead and manage faculty, other stakeholders and programs and engage students with transparency is preferred.

The successful candidate will have a record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across programs, students, faculty and staff of the School.

A collaborative, servant leader with undisputable integrity and courage engaging the university, business and community to develop mutually beneficial partnerships for students is desired.

Manifestation of effectiveness in written and oral communication is an additional preference.

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EEO Statement:

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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Institutional Statement

Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally-competitive leaders and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships which benefit the surrounding communities, states, nation and world.


Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second oldest state supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. When it was founded in 1871, the institution’s three major study components were the four year college track, the two year track, and the three year graded track. The students spent the mornings from seven o’clock until noon in classes. In the afternoon, they worked in the various shops for eight cents per hour. Room and board, including laundry, equated to five dollars a month.

Alcorn State University was founded as the result of the people of Mississippi’s efforts to educate the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans. It was named in honor of the sitting governor of Mississippi, James L. Alcorn. The site was originally occupied by Oakland College, a school established by Presbyterians in 1828. The state of Mississippi purchased the Oakland College campus for $40,000 and named it Alcorn University with the first president being Hiram R. Revels. Revels resigned his seat as a United States senator to assume the post. The state legislature provided $50,000 in cash for ten successive years for establishment and overall operation of the college. Additionally, proceeds from the sale of 30 acres of land for $188,928 yielded three-fifths of the proceeds for Alcorn, totaling $113,400. These proceeds were used only for the agricultural and mechanical components of the college.

In 1878, Alcorn University became Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. The original purchase of 225 acres of land had grown to over a 1700 acre campus. Alcorn is situated in Claiborne County, seven miles west of Lorman, Mississippi, 80 miles south of the capital city Jackson, Mississippi, 45 miles south of Vicksburg, Mississippi and 40 miles north of Natchez, Mississippi. The college was exclusively for males at first, but eventually women were admitted. A dormitory for women was built in 1902. Over time facilities increased from three historic buildings to more than 80 modern structures. 

In 1974, Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College became Alcorn State University. Governor William L. Waller signed House Bill 298, granting this status. Alcorn has thrived by continuously accomplishing dynamic goals and objectives despite limited resource allocations from the state. By the early 1990s, Alcorn’s physical plant and academic programs had grown from just a name change into a more diversified university. The student population is now representative of more than 65 counties, more than 30 states and at least 18 foreign countries. The university provides an undergraduate education that enables students to successfully pursue work in graduate and professional schools, engage in teaching, and enter other professions. As Mississippi recognized the importance of educating all citizens, Alcorn grew in status and importance.

Alcorn State University began with eight faculty members in 1871 and today there are more than 800 faculty and staff. The student body has grown from 179 students to more than 4,000 students from all over the world with varied ethnic backgrounds. Although early graduates of Alcorn had limited horizons, today’s graduates are successful in their chosen professions and many are outstanding entrepreneurs. Throughout Alcorn’s history, the leadership and faculty remained committed to restoring and enhancing the institution’s image and to attracting young people whose interest is the pursuit and receipt of a quality education. Over the decades, “the college that excelled against great odds”, has now become one of the leading universities in the nation. Alcorn State University operates seven divisions with degree programs in more than 50 areas including the bachelors, masters, and educational specialist degrees.

The collaborative strength and contributions of Alcorn’s past seventeen presidents during its 140 years of existence have enabled the institution to excel. On November 30, 2010, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted unanimously to appoint Dr. M. Christopher Brown II as Alcorn State University’s 18th president. President Brown’s background and vision are strategically aligned with Alcorn’s history and tradition. He is poised to expeditiously move Alcorn State University to the next level of excellence. 

Dr. Josephine M. Posey 

Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State (1994)


Alcorn is in Claiborne County, Mississippi, seven miles west of Lorman, seventeen miles southwest of Port Gibson, and about halfway between Vicksburg, to the north, and Natchez, to the south.


At Alcorn, seven schools offer a number of diverse programs for undergraduate and graduate studies leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and specialist degrees. 

Enriching program opportunities include:

The Honors Program is a rewarding option for students who wish to further enhance their academic experience. It brings together students and teachers who share exceptional intellectual commitment in an atmosphere that strengthens scholarship, leadership and creativity.

Global Programs helps students broaden their perspectives and become more competitive in today’s international marketplace. Besides coordinating exciting study-abroad opportunities, Global Programs brings worldwide perspectives to campus through exchange programs and special events.

Alcorn offers Pre-professional Programs to prepare students for a successful transition to specialized studies in the fields of law, engineering, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and dentistry.


Approximately 2,946 full-time undergraduates (1,037 men; 1,909 women), 350 part-time undergraduates (97 men; 253 women), 722 graduate students (154; 568), total enrollment 4,018.


Alcorn State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees.

The University also holds accreditation with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the American Dietetics Association, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Industrial Technology and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.


At Alcorn, it’s easy to make friends — and make a difference. With such a wide range and more than 50 student groups and organizations, there’s one to suit every personality, interest, skill set and schedule.

Without ever leaving campus, students can volunteer — as Peer educators, Student Ambassadors and Orientation Guides, to name just a few possibilities. In addition, many student groups coordinate volunteer opportunities off-campus in surrounding communities and public schools.


The Alcorn Braves have won numerous athletic championships. And many of our alumni have found success as professional athletes. Alcorn State is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division I.

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