Dean, College of Business Administration

University of Missouri- St. Louis

The University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Business Administration. Reporting to the Provost/ Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean has broad authority and responsibility for oversight of all aspects of the academic endeavors of the College of Business Administration.

As a key member of UMSL’s leadership team, the Dean will steer the trajectory of academic brilliance within the College, fostering an environment where innovation meets inclusivity and impactful engagement.

If you are ready to empower a College of Business Administration to new heights of innovation, impact, and inclusivity, UMSL is eager to welcome you into this transformative role. Your legacy awaits, as you steer the course towards a future of excellence.

UMSL seeks a dynamic, innovative and visionary leader for the College of Business Administration who:

Champions the public and civic role of higher education and is prepared to meet the challenges and address the complexities of urban and metropolitan universities.
Facilitates changes-management within the College, with attention to building trust, improving processes, and seizing opportunities that align with strategic priorities.
Models effective policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusion in all activities of the University.
Embraces and expands opportunities to engage with and serve community partners.
Cultivates an environment that inspires curiosity in students, faculty, and staff and encourages personal and professional learning and growth.
Exhibits flexibility and is adept at leading diverse constituencies in the rapidly changing landscape of higher education.
The Position
The Dean, as the Chief Academic and Administrative Officer of the College, is a campus leader who helps guide innovation, learning, community engagement, and the University’s strategic mission. Academically, the Dean is responsible for leading the College’s faculty hiring and promotion decisions across all ranks, amplifying its collective research and scholarly productivity, and cultivating a culture of curricular innovation that leads to world-class student outcomes. Administratively, the Dean oversees strategic planning, budget management, fundraising, and promotes community engaged scholarship, outreach, and partnerships to ensure that the College’s operations are inclusive, effective, efficient and impactful. The Dean provides the overall vision and leadership to guide and expand the College’s service to the St. Louis region and beyond and enhance its national and international reputation driving UMSL to be the premier College of Business for St. Louis and beyond.

The Dean is also responsible for ensuring equity and  excellence in research, discovery and creative activity; educational programs; and service that emanates from the College while fostering a culture within the College to achieve the University’s mission of Transforming Lives. The Dean exemplifies, supports, acknowledges, and commemorates the individual traits and behaviors that foster a sense of variety, fairness, togetherness, and acceptance among every member of the College.

The successful candidate will promote student achievement, enriching the lives of students including non-traditional, international, and first-generation college students. The Dean will drive enrollment, retention, and AACSB-accredited academic programs and research/scholarship, while amplifying the College’s engagement with the broader community.

By capitalizing on the University’s urban essence, the Dean will chart a course for growth within the ever-evolving higher education landscape and will be pivotal in advancing the College’s alignment with UMSL’s mission and objectives.


Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
UMSL’s College of Business Administration seeks a dynamic, innovative leader who can synthesize the diverse perspectives and strengths of its constituencies and stakeholders. The Dean will work to leverage the unique nature of the University’s vibrant urban setting and help to develop a vision and strategies that will support the growth and success of the College in a rapidly changing higher education environment. Additionally, the Dean needs to ensure the College of Business Administration is a driving contributor to the University’s mission and desired objectives.

The overarching priorities are Student Success, Impactful Research, Connection & Engagement, College of Business Community & Culture, and Visible Pride in our Institution. The following efforts align with the stated priorities, including  efforts to:

Cultivate, evaluate, and implement innovative ideas and strategies for enrollment growth, student retention, and student success.
Facilitate and execute strategic initiatives across all disciplines.
Support, develop, and grow faculty research and scholarly and creative works.
Advance the strong traditions of UMSL’s teaching excellence by supporting innovative methods and informed approaches to learning.
Create strategic community-engaged opportunities for interaction, collaboration, and partnerships among students, faculty, community members, cultural and civic institutions, and industry leaders.
Align philanthropic activities and donor-supported interests with the activities of the College’s programs and operations.
Collaborate with University leaders, faculty and staff to identify opportunities for partnerships that contribute to the University’s mission.
Embrace and strengthen a range of backgrounds, fair treatment, a sense of belonging, and a culture that fosters unity among faculty, staff, and students.
Other Objectives

Promote and lead institutional self-assessment and continuous improvement, with attention to accreditation, tenure, and promotion processes.
Lead successful fundraising initiatives in collaboration with a rich ecosystem of community partnerships and alumni.
Provide leadership and support for cross and interdisciplinary initiatives.
Generate, evaluate, and act on options and opportunities through budgetary analysis.
Build consensus among stakeholders about the strategic direction and priorities of the College.
Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities
Minimum Qualifications:

A terminal degree and a proven record of success in teaching, research/scholarship and service commensurate with the appointment as a tenured faculty member at the rank of Professor in one of the College’s disciplines.
A record of outstanding administrative and leadership success in academic organizations.
Candidates should demonstrate in their application the following capabilities and characteristics:

Experience with AACSB policies, processes, and guidelines; and overall curriculum/program development and assessment.
Impactful leadership experience in higher education with progressive levels of responsibility and an understanding of the difference between leadership and management.
A willingness to promote collaboration across diverse constituencies on campus and in the community.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated commitment to promoting shared governance and transparency.
Meaningful experience in promoting and facilitating student access and success, student enrollment and retention, academic programming, research/scholarship, and community engagement.
Evidence of collaborative and strategic decision-making that forms and expands our student-centered mission and support for research.
Experience in working with complex budgets.
Developing and implementing innovative programs or initiatives to enhance student access and success, including for adult learners and first-generation college students.
Developing and implementing diverse and inclusive learning and working environments.
Experience in strategic planning and implementation.
Evidence of leadership in productive community partnerships that reflect an understanding of the role that metropolitan, land-grant universities and public education play in a democracy.
An enthusiasm for external resource generation from a variety of sources, including private donors, industry and other community partners, foundations, government agencies, and alumni.

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