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James Madison University - Dean, College of Business

Harrisonburg, VA

Job Description

James Madison University (JMU) invites applications and nominations for Dean of the College of Business. Reporting to the Provost, and serving on the senior academic leadership team, the Dean provides academic, intellectual, administrative, strategic and budgetary leadership for the College. In collaboration with academic unit heads, the Dean promotes a highly stimulating and creative learning environment for an accomplished faculty and student body, while supporting academic unit self-governance. The Dean champions recruitment, development, inclusion, mentorship, and retention of diverse and highly qualified faculty, students and staff. The Dean represents the College to internal and external constituents and advocates for faculty and student interests through external fundraising. The Dean works closely with the College of Business Board of Advisors to advance the strategic vision of the College and its affiliate schools. As a transformative leader, the Dean works with colleagues throughout campus to facilitate innovation, creativity, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and engagement in teaching and learning, scholarship, and service.  The Dean will continue oversight and management of a major College of Business-related Facilities project, targeted for a Fall 2020 opening. Working collaboratively with University Advancement, the Dean will be an active partner in ongoing fundraising for this project.
The College offers AACSB-accredited degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and four minor programs. College academic units include Accounting; Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics; Economics; Finance and Business Law; International Business; Management; and Marketing. The Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management offers two undergraduate programs and a master’s program, and the School of Strategic Leadership offers a doctoral program with three concentrations. Additional business, learning and service opportunities abound through the College’s Center for Economic Education, Center for Entrepreneurship, Institute of Certified and Professional Managers, Small Business Development Center, and Center for Professional Sales. College faculty are active in the General Education program. The College has 163 full-time faculty, 37 staff, 4,967 undergraduate majors and 283 graduate students.
JMU seeks a dynamic, strategic, and collaborative individual to lead the College with integrity and humility. The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications: 
an earned doctorate in a discipline relevant to the College; a strong record of teaching, research, and university/professional service commensurate with an appointment as a tenured, full professor in one of the College’s departments or affiliated schools; proven success in building relationships with external constituents to increase visibility, partnerships and financial support for the College; a strong record of supporting and mentoring faculty and students; demonstrated commitment to increasing and strengthening diversity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff; an established record of success in building a leadership culture as an academic unit head, chair or similar position in academic administration; a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and research; validated evidence of strong communication, listening and interpersonal skills, integrity, and a collaborative and transparent leadership style, with a commitment to shared governance; demonstrated familiarity with AACSB accreditation standards and processes; and demonstrated success in developing budgetary priorities and in fiscal responsibility for decisions regarding expenditures.
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume or CV, letter of application, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to James Madison University’s consultants Ann Yates and Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D. at

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