Dean of the College of Business and Economics

Towson University
Towson, MD

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Four-Year Institution

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Responsibilities and Duties
The CBE Strategic Plan 2020-2025 supports their mission of developing high quality and innovative programs and resources, connecting individuals to opportunities by applying theory to practice in curricular, co-curricular and scholarship activities, and transforming students into professionals who will have a positive societal impact within Maryland and beyond. With almost 100 full-time faculty members, 20 staff employees, and dozens of adjunct faculty, the CBE faculty and staff embrace a culture of striving for excellence, learning, ethical behavior, civility, diversity, inclusion, creativity, and engagement.


TU’s location in Baltimore, MD and close proximity to Washington DC present a unique opportunity to partner with leading businesses in a variety of industries. With a focus on outreach, the CBE channels its resources in its three centers: the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research; the Maryland Council on Economic Education; and a partnership with the Baltimore Cash Campaign. In addition, TU’s StarTUp at the armory has served as the front door for start-ups, small businesses, as well as the region’s largest corporations. These partnerships allow CBE students to connect with the professional community and apply their business knowledge, critical-thinking, and problem solving skills to achieve common goals within diverse teams.


Working in collaboration with CBE’s department chairs, center directors, and faculty in keeping with TU’s traditions of shared governance, the Dean will advance a bold vision for CBE’s future that also respects the College’s deeply held traditions and core values. They will develop a long-term strategy to guide the CBE’s growth and development, leveraging entrepreneurial opportunities available within its dynamic ecosystem and the larger community. The Dean will play a key role in stewarding existing relationships and building new networks that benefit the College and its partners. Success in the role will require an individual who can inspire and unify the community around shared priorities; continue to attract, retain, and cultivate talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students; and empower all within CBE to be at the forefront of elevating the university to Carnegie R2 Classification. As a passionate, energetic champion for the educational mission and student success, the incoming Dean must be an exceptional communicator who is skilled at building relationships with internal and external partners, represent the College compellingly to stakeholders and donors, and demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice.

Qualifications and Skills
While no single candidate will have all the ideal qualifications, the successful candidate will have many of the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:


  • An earned doctorate and a distinguished record of academic excellence; credentials that qualify for appointment at the full professor level;
  • Leadership experience as a successful academic administrator, such as service as a department chair or center director level or above;
  • An intellectual leader; a distinguished teacher, scholar, entrepreneur, and innovator; able to set metric-driven decisions in pursuit of an institutional mission, engaging in a continual process of assessment and improvement, and communicating with constituents through a communicative and accountable style of decision-making;
  • A personal and professional history of impactful research and scholarship, with a record of success in grant writing and the ability to encourage and support others in their own scholarly achievement;
  • A demonstrated understanding of the supports and resources needed at a high-performing, multimodal university dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and service at the R2 level and beyond;
  • A demonstrated track record of enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and improving the culture and climate for students, staff, and faculty; respect for individuality and a commitment to promoting diversity as a critical component of academic excellence;
  • Experience with faculty recruitment and retention; facilitating promotion and tenure processes; proven ability to cultivate and develop staff and an aptitude to form an effective leadership team;
  • An astute understanding of academic finances and experience establishing budget priorities and serving as a responsible steward of resources; ability to make difficult decisions and prioritize;
  • A demonstrated passion for students, research, and service and a keen sense of the trends and developments at top business programs; experience growing and promoting research within a traditionally teaching-focused institution;
  • An excellent collaborator who can partner with other deans and administrators, department chairs, faculty, staff, and students;
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to fundraise, generating and achieving philanthropic goals and securing major gifts from individuals, corporations, and/or foundations;
  • Established connections to industry, government, and educational organizations and the ability to create opportunities for faculty and students; an exceptional communicator who can inspire internal and external constituencies to attract partners to support new initiatives;
  • A record that demonstrates the highest degree of integrity, transparency, honesty, and fairness.

Organization: Academic Affairs Division
Primary Location: Main Campus
Job Posting: Jan 9, 2023


Towson CampusTowson University (TU; was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, and is Baltimore’s largest comprehensive university, and the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 18,000 undergraduates and nearly 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Towson University offers many cultural, educational and athletics programs and events that are open to the public ranging from concerts and lecturers to Division I college sports.

Towson Students Our centrally located campus sits on 330  rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of  Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington  D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.  The town of Towson, MD. has a population  of approximately 52,000, with tree-lined  streets, shops, restaurants, movies, bookstores, a county library branch, live music venues, and is in walking distance of the TU campus. Towson was established in 1750 and is the seat of Baltimore County government.

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