Prairie View A&M University invites applications and nominations for its next Dean for the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. Prairie View A&M University is seeking a transformational leader that will lead and cultivate innovation in education and research to propel the College to the next level of excellence.

About the University

Founded in 1876, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is the second oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Texas located about 40 miles northwest of Houston. A Historically Black College and University (HBCU), with an established reputation for producing agriculturalists, engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers degrees across 36 bachelors, 30 master’s and 5 doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and schools.  A member of The Texas A&M University System, the University is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service.

About the College

The Roy G. Perry College of Engineering has over 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is comprised of six departments: chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, engineering technology and mechanical engineering. The College is the second largest producer of African American BS degrees in engineering and computer science and has increased its enrollment over 80% in the last 10 years.

The College offers the following degrees: eight bachelor’s; a master of science in engineering with the concentration options in chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and mechanical engineering; a master of science in electrical engineering, a master of science in Computer Science; a master of science in computer information systems and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. In addition, all departments within the college offer the option of a minor in any of the five disciplines to students from other degree programs.

Maintaining a balance between classroom theory and research application, the College allows students to concentrate on basic science, mathematics and engineering while being exposed to a broad range of humanities and social sciences classes, which keeps them in touch with the world around them. Students’ research experiences also have real-world applications supported by many funded research projects and centers in the College, particularly in the areas of  cybersecurity, data analytics, computational biology, space radiation, energy and sustainability, and smart grid.

Roles and Responsibilities

The University seeks a dynamic, energetic, eminent scholar-practitioner who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship, transformative leadership and an overall commitment to educational excellence and the land-grant mission. The Dean reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. As the chief administrative officer for the College of Engineering, the Dean is responsible for leadership and oversight of the College’s academic and research enterprise. The Dean will lead the administration, development and direction of academic programs, strategic planning, fundraising, and facility development.

Additional responsibilities will include the following:

  • Lead faculty and staff to develop and cultivate academic and research programs that yield exceptional outcomes;
  • Sustain/maintain accreditation in all programs by ABET and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC);
  • Encourage and facilitate expansion of internationally recognized research;
  • Foster a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to attract, recruit, and retain top faculty, staff, and students;
  • Strengthen relationships with alumni and other strategic external partners to support the College's research, scholarly, educational, service, and fundraising goals. Identify and partner with leading organizations to promote growth for the field and employment opportunities for students.


The ideal candidate should have an earned doctorate in one of the engineering or computer science disciplines and possess a distinguished record of teaching and research activities that will support the award of tenure at the rank of full professor in one of the disciplines within the College. It is preferred that the successful candidate possess seven years of effective administrative experience and demonstrate a strong commitment to the teaching, research and community service mission of the College.

Other preferred qualifications include:

  • A record of successful leadership with a knowledge of, appreciation for, and commitment to the philosophy and programs of the 1890’s and HBCU institutions;
  • A focus on building and enhancing interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • Experience developing and cultivating alumni and community relations in the public and private sector;
  • A commitment to collaborative and data-driven decision-making;
  • A record of working effectively with senior leadership, faculty, staff, students and external constituencies;
  • Ability to set a bold vision for the College;
  • A demonstrated record of successful accreditation by ABET and a regional accrediting body;
  • Ability to promote educational growth relating to the quality of instruction, growth in enrollment and the infusion of innovative practices in teaching, research and service;
  • Capacity to identify, recruit and retain strong leadership, faculty, and staff across the academic, extension, and research units of the College;
  • A demonstrated commitment to student success and retention;
  • A record of successful budget management;
  • Exceptional change management, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Commitment to the diversity of students, faculty and staff and to advancing an inclusive climate that stimulates excellence;
  • An entrepreneurial approach to leadership that will strengthen the College and University’s reputation as a regional, national and international leader in the areas of engineering and technology.
  • Demonstrated experience in partnering with Corporations across varying industries in fundraising to support endeavors from scholarships to capital projects supporting facilities expansion;
  • A commitment to collaboration with public and private high schools to develop programs and services supporting historical communities;
  • A commitment to develop a faculty and staff demographics base reflective of the University’s student population.  

Nominations and applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest can be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred that all nominations and applications be submitted by May 15, 2018 to:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext: 117 || 

Prairie View A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity.

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