Search for the Dean, Continuing and Professional Education
University of California, Davis
The University of California, Davis (UC Davis), one of the top public research institutions in the world, seeks an entrepreneurial, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as the next Dean of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE).
The dean will extend the mission of UC Davis and draw upon its intellectual resources and expertise to address continuing and professional educational needs. This is a remarkable opportunity to drive the future strategy of a thriving organization by collaborating with fellow deans, department chairs, industry, and community leaders to identify and develop creative programming that enriches UC Davis's offerings and broadens the University's reach to meet the growing needs of the state of California and beyond. CPE is committed to meeting these needs, with an entrepreneurial spirit rooted in the land-grant, public mission of the University of California. Understanding this ethos, the dean will be a visionary and principled leader, ensuring CPE's growth and impact in the region, nationally, and internationally in an ever-evolving market.
A powerhouse in the continuing and professional education space, CPE maintains one of the University's most diverse educational portfolios, offering academic and non-credit certificates, massive open online courses (MOOCs), contract training for government and corporate clients, programs and support services for non- and pre-matriculated international students, and enrichment programs for seniors. Unique in the UC Extension system, the division also operates a statewide professional development program for human services agencies at the state and local levels.
The dean will join CPE at a time of tremendous opportunity to lead a new strategic vision and chart the unit's path forward into the next chapter of its history. As the chief executive officer of a self-sustaining unit with an annual operating budget of nearly $40 million, UC Davis seeks a dean that will be forward-looking and highly strategic, with the ability to align CPE, the University, and its various stakeholders around a common vision. The dean will provide academic and operational leadership in adult, professional, and online education to a division of more than 40 academic appointees, department chairs, and managers, as well as nearly 160 staff. Moreover, the dean will bring a deep appreciation and understanding of the unique needs of adult and nontraditional learners pursuing certificates, continuing education, and professional certifications.
UC Davis is the most comprehensive and largest campus in the University of California (UC) system, and the third largest by enrollment. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), it ranks fifth among public research universities nationwide, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings. UC Davis enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, employs roughly 23,000 academic and administrative staff, and has an annual operating budget of roughly $6.7 billion. UC Davis offers over 100 undergraduate majors and over 95 graduate programs in its array of academic programs — one of the most diverse and comprehensive in the American academy. In addition to the division of Continuing and Professional Education, the University comprises four undergraduate colleges (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science), six professional schools (Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Graduate School of Management, School of Education, School of Medicine, School of Law, and School of Veterinary Medicine), and interdisciplinary graduate studies programs. The University also operates UC Davis Health, which includes a nationally ranked acute-care teaching hospital with more than 640beds, a 1,000-member physician's practice group and research facilities across the region.
To be successful, the ideal candidate will address a number of opportunities and challenges listed below:
• Execute a clear and forward-looking vision for the Division of Continuing and Professional Education;
• Cultivate a diverse array of high-quality, industry-responsive academic programs;
• Position CPE as a strategic partner, collaborator, and trusted advisor within the UC Davis ecosystem;
• Manage a complex budget system and drive revenue generation opportunities that support CPE's future
financial strength and stability;
• Foster a team culture of transparency, accountability, and connection;
• Ensure an efficient and supportive infrastructure that promotes student success and enriches the learning
The annual salary range for the position of Dean, Continuing and Professional Education is $225,100 to $389,000. The budgeted annual salary that UC Davis reasonably expects to pay for this position is $280,000 to $310,000.
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be submitted at: https://www.imsearch.com/open-searches/university-california-davis/dean-continuing-and-professional-education
. Applications will include a resume, cover letter, and diversity statement. In a "Statement of Contributions to Diversity," applicants should describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UC Davis.
David Bellshaw, Carley Davenport, Leslie Lemus, and Nancy Pan
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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