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Dean of the College of Business and Public Management
West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted 12/20/2019
Salary -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Dean of the College of Business and Public Management

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Business and Public Management. Founded in 1871, West Chester University is a public, regional, comprehensive university and one of the fourteen campuses of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. WCU enrolls more than 17,600 students, is supported by 983 full and part-time faculty, and is organized into eight Colleges and Schools: College of Arts and Humanities, College of Health Sciences, College of the Sciences and Mathematics, College of Business and Public Management, the College of Education and Social Work, the Graduate School, University College and the Wells School of Music. The university is located 25 miles west of Philadelphia and strategically located in the center of the mid-Atlantic corridor between New York City and Washington, DC, with easy access to major cultural and commercial institutions and recreational activities. The university enjoys the benefits of both the rich cultural life of a major city and the charm of a thriving county seat.

West Chester University's College of Business and Public Management offers academic programs that feature small classes, excellent internship opportunities, and highly qualified faculty who are committed to teaching excellence and a wide range of research interests. The College consists of a total of 88 tenured/tenure track and 71 (40 FTE) adjunct faculty members and 20 staff organized into seven departments: Accounting, Criminal Justice, Economics and Finance, Geography and Planning, Management, Marketing, and Public Policy and Administration. The College offers eight accredited programs to 4,032 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, criminal justice, human resource management, public administration and urban and regional planning and the University’s largest doctoral program (Doctor of Public Administration). The School of Business is accredited by the AACSB. In addition, the Master of Public Administration is accredited by NASPAA. The College of Business and Public Management is home to the Center for GIS and Spatial Analysis and the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Center, and is affiliated with the Center for Social and Economic Policy Research. In 2020, CBPM will dedicate space for 12 Bloomberg terminals and establish the Center for Economic and Financial Analysis. Also planned for 2020, CBPM will join the SAP University Alliance program and offer SAP-related courses.

The College offers courses and supports programs at three off-campus locations: The Graduate Center, West Chester University’s Center City location in Philadelphia, and Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania. The College of Business and Public Management has undergone a high degree of growth in recent years and recently moved to a new state-of-the-art facility. This position provides an opportunity for an innovative leader to continue to build the college and realize its vision as a leader in the region.

As chief academic officer of the college, the dean provides leadership to advance the educational and teacher-scholar missions of programs in the college and fosters an inclusive environment that encourages an academic climate that is responsive, student-centered, entrepreneurial (e.g., fiscal responsibility, fundraising, and external relations) and values diversity. The dean reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and is responsible to the Deputy Provost for operational matters within the division. The dean is the principal spokesperson and advocate for the College, and sits on the Provost’s Executive Cabinet and other shared governance groups focused on the formulation and implementation of University policies and strategic plans. The dean is responsible for the review of curricula and programs, staffing, budgeting, oversight of all operational functions of the college, alumni cultivation, and fundraising. The dean also functions in various University-wide roles, and in the external community. The dean must be committed to collaborative, ethical leadership and skilled in human and financial resource management, as well as strategic planning.

It is preferred that the dean possess a terminal degree in a field within the college or supplemental field of study in the college; a record of quality teaching, scholarship, and administrative experience at the college level in programs reflected in Business and Public Management; proven expertise and experience with specialized accreditation processes (AACSB, NASPAA, Planning Accreditation Board); effective interpersonal skills, and highly proficient oral and written communication skills. Desired qualifications include experience as a chair or program director in a large department or institution, and university level experience with budget and personnel within a collective bargaining environment. Applicants must successfully complete the interview process to be considered as a finalist.

The Search Committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Screening of candidates will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided before February 1, 2020. An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position not to exceed four pages; a CV; and the names of five references, with titles, addresses, business and home telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Submission of materials as an MS Word attachment is strongly encouraged. Individuals wishing to place names in nomination should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc., an executive search firm, is assisting the University in the search.

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:
Jan Greenwood or Julie Holley
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850 650-2277
Fax: 850 650-2272
Email: Email:

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

WCU offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.

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