Oglethorpe University located in Atlanta, Georgia seeks an experienced, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as inaugural dean of the Q. William Hammack School of Business.  The University recently announced the receipt of the largest philanthropic commitment in its 182-year history, valued at $50 million, from alumnus Q. William “Bill” Hammack, Jr. (’73) that will allow the University to establish a new School of Business that will prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century while also supporting its core tradition of arts and humanities.

About the position

The dean, reporting directly to the provost, will be the chief academic and administrative officer for the Hammack School of Business, scheduled to open in Fall 2019. It is expected that the dean will begin work in the summer of 2018. The dean will have extensive working relationships with the University’s president and other executive leaders, as well as academic, student and community leaders.

The dean of the Hammack School of Business is responsible for providing leadership that supports the mission, vision and strategic goals of the school and university.  The dean will work closely with a management team comprised of the president, provost and vice presidents. In addition, the dean will work and consult with the faculty of the school and be fully engaged in shared governance. Primary responsibilities for the dean include maintaining the quality of business programs; growing enrollment; fostering relationships with a dynamic, international business community; building and supporting faculty teaching and scholarship; and impactful fundraising. The dean will also be responsible for hiring and mentoring faculty.

The existing Business Division consists of the following undergraduate programs: Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, and Human Resource Management.

The school’s current faculty is comprised of 5 tenured and tenured track faculty, 5 full-time non-tenure track faculty, and 6 adjuncts.

The school has 293 undergraduate majors and in 2017, awarded 62 bachelor degrees.

About Oglethorpe University

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe is a small, selective, private university located on a beautiful, 100 acre campus in Atlanta. Oglethorpe’s mission is to provide a superior education in which liberal arts and sciences and professional programs complement each other in a small-college environment within a dynamic urban setting. Oglethorpe’s programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, close collaboration among faculty and students, and engaged learning in relevant field experiences. Oglethorpe educates students to be citizens in a global world, readies them for responsible leadership, and empowers them to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers. Oglethorpe serves a diverse student body of 1,250 undergraduates, representing 33 states and 38 countries. The campus is located in Brookhaven, near Atlanta’s well-known Buckhead neighborhood. Oglethorpe’s distinguished faculty is composed of teachers/scholars committed to providing the highest quality instruction to students.

Oglethorpe has entered an era of innovation, reinvigoration, and growth evidenced in part by increased enrollment, the addition of the Turner Lynch Campus Center in 2013, and the launch of a capital campaign for the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation, slated to open in 2019. The Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business, to be established by the university’s largest-ever gift of $50 million, will also open in 2019. Renowned for its groundbreaking Core program, Oglethorpe is a member of the Annapolis Group, comprised of the nation’s most selective liberal arts institutions, and has been named among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges, Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges, and Princeton Review’s Best Southeastern Colleges. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has selected Oglethorpe University to receive a sizable three-year grant to support “Explorations in the Core,” an initiative to evaluate and implement innovations in the Oglethorpe Core curriculum. The Oglethorpe Core is a sequential four-year general education program deeply rooted in the liberal arts tradition, and has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and funded twice by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Professional experience and qualifications

  • An understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts tradition of the university;
  • Significant experience as a leader, with a strong record of building networks of valuable relationships;
  • Ability to work effectively with the business community;
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to engender trust through integrity, openness, accessibility, and transparency;
  • Ability to motivate and support programs within and across disciplines;
  • Ability to serve as an articulate and passionate advocate on behalf of the school and the university, both on and off campus;
  • A record of success as an administrator and fundraiser;
  • An earned doctorate/terminal degree in a business related field or a master’s degree with equivalent senior business leadership experience is preferred;
  • Experience in some significant aspect of the business world is highly valued as is significant civic leadership;
  • Significant experience in higher education, broadly defined, is highly valued.

Application process

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, CV, and the names and contact information of five or more references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to March 1, 2018.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-804-1996 X 114
pwilliams@parkersearch.com | mplunkett@parkersearch.com

Oglethorpe University is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, assignment, re-assignment, promotion, transfer, compensation, discipline and termination. The University prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation in employment based on race; color; religion; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or gender expression; marital status; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; age; disability or handicap; genetic information; citizenship status; service member status; or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

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