Dean, College of Engineering

University of Missouri


University of Missouri, College of Engineering
Columbia, Missouri


The University of Missouri-Columbia (“Mizzou” or “MU”) seeks a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Engineering. This is a compelling opportunity to lead a college that is one of the top schools in the nation for research productivity and preparing career-ready engineers. The next Dean will be joining the institution during a period of incredible growth and opportunity. During the past 3 years, the University of Missouri has achieved historic highs in student success (retention, graduation, and placement rates), research expenditures, state appropriations and alumni support.  The next Dean will have the opportunity to build on these areas of excellence, leveraging a unique curriculum, world-class research facilities, and collaborators across one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. MU is a member of the AAU and is designated as a Carnegie R1 and Land-Grant University. It is home to 10 major research centers and the world’s first journalism school. The University is also one of only six public universities in the country with schools or colleges of engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, arts and science, law, and a powerful research reactor all on one campus. MU is centrally located in Columbia, Missouri, a place consistently ranked as one of America’s best places to live.

For more information, see the search’s full Leadership Profile and/or Mizzou’s Home Page.


  • Develop, communicate, and execute a vision for strategic growth for Mizzou Engineering. The Dean will work with faculty, staff, and students to develop a forward-thinking strategic vision that builds on the recent momentum generated at the college level and leverages the exciting campus-wide initiatives underway such as MizzouForward, the Center for Energy Innovation, and the expansion of the university’s research reactor (MURR). The university is two years into its historic and transformational recruiting effort, MizzouForward, and the College of Engineering has already recruited nine faculty members through the initiative, with plans to hire many more in the years ahead. The Dean will make significant efforts to recruit, hire, and successfully onboard a large group of faculty and staff members, grow undergraduate and graduate enrollment, and leverage the expertise of the community in pursuit of these goals.
  • Spearhead fundraising efforts with alumni, industry partners, and donors. Mizzou Engineering has over 28,000 living alumni and many existing relationships with industry partners and donors. The Dean will be the lead fundraiser for the college and generate the necessary philanthropic support for the new Center for Energy Innovation building, coming online in the next few years.
  • Enhance collaboration opportunities with internal and external Mizzou Engineering partners. Mizzou Engineering prides itself on its commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration across the university. Most notably, the college has recently collaborated with the School of Medicine on NextGen Precision Health and the College of Arts and Science on the data science program. It will be essential for the incoming Dean to continue this work and elevate interdisciplinary research at the college, spearheading new relationships across the university, and empowering faculty and staff to actively seek out these collaborations. Opportunities exist for increased collaborations with the Trulaske College of Business, the College of Arts and Science, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, to name a few.


The University of Missouri has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications may be sent in confidence to:

Greg Esposito, Partner
Micah Pierce, Partner
David Grimes, Senior Associate
Marlyn Desire, Search Coordinator  

The University of Missouri System values the uniqueness of every individual and strives to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve excellence in learning, research, and engagement. This commitment makes Mizzou a better place to work, learn, and innovate.

Application materials should address experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich the University of Missouri College of Engineering’s mission to educate engineers, create leaders, advance technology, and develop entrepreneurs within an inclusive, research and interdisciplinary environment.

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