Dean of the School of Business

Gunnison, Gunnison County
Mar 19, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Position Western State Colorado University invites applications for a dean of the new School of Business. Currently called the Department of Business Administration, Accounting and Economics (BAE), it hosts Western’s largest academic discipline, Business Administration, and offers some of Western’s highest quality academic programs. From the three disciplines, twelve emphases are offered, ranging from Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Latin American Business, Professional Land and Resource Management, to Teacher Licensure in Economics. The dean will serve as the primary academic leader for the School, providing vision, oversight, and direction for programs of study, and report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Duties As the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer for the School of Business, the dean will be an innovator and model for leadership excellence. A principal responsibility will be to promote the Business School and build external relationships to recruit students, build a donor base, and place students in internships and careers. The dean will oversee strategic planning and implementation that aligns with the mission and goals of the University, and will collaborate across the University and the region to ensure academic quality, program growth, and student success. The exciting venture of developing the School of Business will include building a strong vision for the School through initiatives such as the elevation of signature programs, identifying strategic opportunities, exploration of the building of a new MBA program, accreditation, active participation in campus leadership as a member of the Chairs and Directors Council. The dean will supervise an assistant dean who oversees tenure-track, tenured and temporary faculty, as well as support staff. Qualifications The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of success in management and collaboration in an academic environment, knowledge of the accreditation process, fundraising and development, experience in building partnerships, recruitment of students and faculty, and strategic planning. Private sector business success is advantageous. The dean should have exemplary interpersonal, communicative, and collaborative skills, with an ability to energize the School’s many constituencies. Ph. D. or terminal degree in appropriate field strongly preferred. Additional Application Information Start date: Summer 2014 Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications: $120,000-130,000, with incentive potential. Apply online at Required attachments to the application include: letter of application discussing interest in the position, relevant experience, and management philosophy; curriculum vitae; unofficial transcripts; and a list with names and contact information of five references. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to issuing a contract. Please direct questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Sally Hays, at (970) 943-2893; fax: (970) 943-7042 email: Screening of applications will begin on April 11, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Western is a public university with an enrollment of 2,400 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts and sciences and professional training as its core. They are student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged in the campus and community. The curriculum provides professional flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. The campus is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides spectacular year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Employees have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit to learn more about Western. Western State Colorado University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer.