The University of Toledo seeks an outstanding leader to serve as its Dean of the College of Business and Innovation.

Established in 1930, the College of Business and Innovation has been accredited by the AACSB since 1955 and offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor, Bachelor of Applied Organizational Technology, MBA, Executive MBA, Masters of Science in Accounting, and a PhD in Manufacturing and Technology Management. The college has over 50 full-time tenured / tenure-track faculty and an enrollment of nearly 3,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students, including international programs in China, India, and Egypt. Disciplines within the college include: Accounting, Finance, Information Operations and Technology Management, Management, Marketing and International Business, and Applied Organizational Technology. The College has a number of centers for advanced study and research including: the Center for Family and Privately-Held Business, the Global Business Development Institute, and the Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales. In addition, the College is developing a School for Healthcare Business Innovation Excellence and a School for Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization.

The Position

As the chief administrative officer and academic leader of the College, the Dean actively represents the College to a variety of internal and external University constituencies. The Dean will provide the vision and leadership to implement a strategic plan and optimize the academic quality, market-driven distinctiveness, and economic performance of the College and to remain an acknowledged leader in business education/learning, research/scholarship, and outreach/engagement. The Dean will interact with other administrators to promote the College on campus and in the surrounding community, including pursuing external funding and maintaining AACSB accreditation. The University seeks a dynamic leader who fosters a strong spirit of inquiry. It is critically important the Dean also supports collaborative work within the College, across the UT campus, and with regional and national industry partners.  The Dean reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership and academic management abilities to guide the college in research, teaching and service, raise the college’s profile, and enhance community connections.  The candidate should hold a terminal degree in business or closely related field and have a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship that are commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor and/or a strong record of achievement and leadership in industry, government, or not-for-profit organizations.  The candidate must have successful administrative experience in higher education and/or organizational settings, including personnel and budgetary experience. The candidate will encourage, establish, and maintain effective professional relationships with diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and alumni that promotes inclusion.

Other preferred qualifications include:

  • Resource development skills and a record of success in university fundraising and organizational transformation;
  • Ability to communicate the vision and goals of the College to the community and professional constituents seeking private funds and a willingness to dedicate significant time and energy to raise major, private funding;
  • Evidence of effective community involvement, leadership, and organizational transformation;
  • Demonstrated ability to forge partnerships and build productive relationships with both campus and business community constituencies;
  • Demonstrated commitment to student centeredness and optimization of student learning and success, with experience in strengthening enrollment and retention;
  • Broad scholarly and practical knowledge of a wide range of business disciplines, academic trends and issues;
  • Hands-on familiarity with the AACSB accreditation process;
  • High ethical standards;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of student, staff, and faculty diversity;
  • Dedication to excellence in teaching, research, and service, along with the pursuit of national and international recognition and awards in those areas;
  • A commitment to strategic planning as a means of innovative program development; and
  • Proven excellent leadership and administrative experience, and the ability to work with upper administration as a team member to shape the College's future.

The University of Toledo

One of fourteen state universities in Ohio, The University of Toledo was established in 1872 and became a member of the state university system in 1967. The University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio merged July 2006 to form an institution with a breadth of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs matched by fewer than thirty universities across the nation. The university currently enrolls 20,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and has 6,600 employees. Its budget of over $730 million is the third largest among Ohio public universities. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

UT’s 255-acre main campus is located in a suburban area and is recognized as one of the most beautiful university campuses in the US. Five other campuses host a wide range of specialized programs and activities, including: The Health Science Campus, which houses the College of Medicine, a university hospital, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Nursing; Scott Park Campus; Center for the Visual Arts at the Toledo Museum of Art, which is the home of UT’s Fine Arts Department; Lake Erie Research Center; and Stranahan Arboretum.

The University is a Carnegie Foundation Research University (high research activity) and is recognized as a major force in contributing to the discovery of new technology and knowledge. UT offers a vast array of resources for undergraduate, graduate and faculty-led research opportunities with 125 patents and $60 million in research and grants which demonstrate the University’s commitment to the role that research plays in meeting the University’s mission: “The University of Toledo is a national, public research university where students obtain a world-class education and become part of a diverse community of leaders committed to improving the human condition in the region and the world..”

Application Process

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, 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 of Toledo (electronic submissions preferred). Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to March 23, 2018.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
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Atlanta, GA 30328
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The University of Toledo does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, the presence of a disability, genetic information, familial status, political affiliation, or participation in protected activities in its provision of employment and educational opportunities.

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