Dean of the School of Business

Portland State University

Portland State University (PSU) seeks an inspiring, visionary leader to be the next Dean of the School of Business and invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position.

PSU is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities by U.S. News & World Report for its innovative strategies that help students succeed. The 2022 Best Colleges guide recognizes PSU as the best national university in Oregon for Social Mobility and Service Learning, as well as Oregon’s Most Innovative campus. INSIGHT Into Diversity recognized Portland State’s outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion with a 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The average age of our students is 27, nearly half of our students are first generation, and 37% are BIPOC.

Located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities, The School of Business at Portland State University is shaping the future of business through inclusive, transformative learning and meaningful research. With world-class faculty and deep connections with regional industry partners, our campus brings together today’s innovators and tomorrow’s leaders. The School of Business is centered on social, ecological and economic business practices that drive positive change. We embrace a holistic approach to education, taking students out of the classroom and into the community. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has accredited The School of Business in both business and accounting, placing us among only 190 schools — the top 1% — worldwide to receive this dual distinction. More than half of our tenured and tenure-track faculty are female, placing us well above the AACSB average.

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer and provides leadership to The School of Business. The Cameron Dean of The School of Business is an endowed position and reports directly to the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Cameron Dean works collaboratively both within The School of Business and across other colleges to create a unified vision for the School and to provide strategic leadership to advance its overall quality, reputation, stature, and aspirational goals. The Cameron Dean is also responsible for the financial growth of The School of Business and development of industry partnerships. The Cameron Dean will oversee a budget of over $20 million and a talented academic team including six discipline areas, three Associate Deans, Assistant Dean of Student Success, Fiscal Officer, Director of Marketing, Executive Director – Center for Retail, and a dedicated administrative staff. In policy matters the Cameron Dean acts in consultation with appropriate faculty members and the Provost, but is responsible for all decisions made by the School. In addition, the Dean plays a leadership role in advancing all institutional initiatives, including diversity, assessment, and sustainability.

The Search Profile, with additional information about Portland State University and the opportunities for the next Dean of the School of Business can be found at:

Nominations and Applications
Applicants are requested to submit the following materials:

  1. a letter of interest based on the Profile,
  2. a current curriculum vitae, and,
  3. names and email addresses of five references (please specify your professional relationship with each).

All application materials should be submitted through the AGB Search portal system accessible via this link:

Please submit all materials by March 4, 2024 for best consideration. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to:

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged and should be directed to or to the AGB search consultants listed below. All candidate names will remain confidential until finalists are identified during the latter stages of the search.

Laura Woodworth-Ney, Ph.D., / 208-589-8896
Dawn Overstreet, Ph.D., Executive Search / 617-817-6466

Portland State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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