Dean of the School of Business

Central Connecticut State University

Dean of the School of Business

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU, Central) seeks an experienced and transformational leader for its next Dean of the School of Business. A leader who is academically accomplished, student-focused, innovative, and energetic. The successful Dean has a proven track record in working collaboratively in providing students with the knowledge, skills, credentials, and degrees that will enable them to thrive in dynamic and emerging 21st century careers shaped by the future of work and increasingly diverse world. The Dean will shape and lead the School of Business with exemplary management skills; foster collaborative and data-informed fiscal and facilities planning, execution, and accountability; advance CCSU’s mission driven purpose; and enhance the University’s campus culture.

Founded in 1849 as New Britain Normal School, Central was the first public institution of higher education in Connecticut and the sixth normal school in the nation. It was first located in what was to be New Britain’s new Town Hall, which was still under construction, and which was modified and expanded to meet the needs of the school. Over the decades, the school’s needs surpassed its physical space, so in 1883 it moved to a new facility, jointly funded by the town and the State of Connecticut, overlooking Walnut Hill Park. In 1922, the school moved to its current location. In 1933, it was renamed the Teachers College of Connecticut and authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees. In 1959, it became Central Connecticut State College, and in 1983, the college became Central Connecticut State University, a comprehensive regional university authorized to grant baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Since then, Central’s campus has grown dramatically, and its curriculum includes baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. However, it is still an integral part of New Britain and the greater Hartford area and is a crown jewel of Connecticut public higher education.
The University seeks an experienced Dean and leader who will report to the Provost. The Dean will lead inclusive and transparent strategic priorities, objectives, and actionable plans for strengthening and growing the School; promote innovative, engaging, and student- centered approaches to teaching, research, development, and service. The Dean will direct the Associate Dean and lead academic program Chairs as they facilitate the work of the faculty and staff of the School of Business.

CCSU is a unionized campus. The seasoned professional is expected to uphold the highest ethical standards and embrace the benefits of inclusive shared governance, and in doing so, will enhance trust and transparency while building community. The successful Dean will attend to the important operational matters that make continued excellence and growth possible and ensure faculty, staff, and students work, create, and succeed within the school and university structures. The Dean will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, partnering with other Deans, Vice Presidents, and Directors as appropriate.

The seasoned professional will advocate internally and externally for all programs and units within the School, ensuring academic quality in undergraduate and graduate programs as well as meeting the standards of external accrediting agencies e.g., AACSB, as well as provide opportunities for faculty and staff development.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the necessary credentials, experiences, competencies, and disposition to provide leadership and guidance in implementing existing, new, and interdisciplinary academic and professional business programs. Additionally, the successful candidate should have demonstrated experience in academic leadership (i.e., overseeing an academic unit college/school), promotion and tenure process within a unionized environment, and budget management. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, and other administrators; a commitment to academic excellence and accountability; an ability to work with faculty to continue to develop, articulate, and implement a constructive and workable vision for the School; and a record of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

More information, including an institutional profile with a full list of responsibilities and preferred qualifications, is available at the following link: https://www.academicsearch.org/open-searches-public/entry/18355/?search=18355.

How to Apply

The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications should consist of a substantive letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to the qualifications described, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: CCSUDB@academicsearch.org.

Applications will be accepted through April 5, 2024. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Senior Consultant Carlos Medina at Carlos.Medina@academicsearch.org.

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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