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Boise State University - Dean, College of Health Sciences
Title:Boise State University - Dean, College of Health Sciences
Boise State University
Dean, College of Health Sciences

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Boise State University in its search for Dean, College of Health Sciences.

This is an exciting opportunity and an exceptional time to join a thriving R2 institution in a vibrant community. Boise State University is recognized for its commitment to innovation and its leadership in health sciences. Boise State’s College of Health Sciences (COHS) is a priceless community resource with a well-earned reputation for engaging and partnering with industry leaders and remaining in-sync with emerging trends including population and community health, and value-based healthcare. The COHS equips the healthcare professionals of the future with a relevant, cutting-edge education and marketable skills for roles in high industry demand. The COHS enhances the reputation of the university, improves the quality of life in the region, and supports Idaho’s position in the nation and the world. The COHS is the leader in educating professionals who advance life-long health in individuals and communities. Moreover, the COHS seeks to provide learning opportunities that unify people and resources to foster healthcare education and research.

The COHS has more than 5,000 students, 30% of whom are enrolled in one of the college’s 11 fully online programs. The COHS houses the School of Allied Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Public and Population Health, and the School of Social Work. It has three of Boise State’s top ten highest enrollment programs - Nursing, Kinesiology and Health Studies. In addition, the college oversees University Health Services which provides medical, behavioral, and wellness services for the campus community. The clinic and counseling center provided more than 20,000 visits last year.

The COHS Student Services and Academic Advising office is committed to student growth through a variety of services targeted towards professional, academic, and career exploration and development. The advising office hosts a variety of focused workshops and events for students looking to be admitted into COHS programs and graduate schools. As part of university-wide initiatives in student retention and enrollment management, the Dean will lead efforts to support the Student Services and Academic Advising office. Additionally, Boise State operates on a modified Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) budget model. The next Dean will need to have a growth mentality and be creative with the acquisition and allocation of resources to address strategic goals that position the college within specific niche areas for continued success.
The university continues to increase its research expenditures and the COHS is critical to continued growth in this area. The Dean will play a key role in providing leadership and support to faculty with the aim of continuing to improve the extramural funding within COHS while continuing the robust growth within graduate education through multiple delivery platforms. Many opportunities exist to expand and deepen the fund-raising efforts within the College. Working with University Advancement, the Dean will have the responsibility to generate resources that support students and advance the mission of the college. 

A part of the university’s Blueprint for Success strategic plan is the fostering of a Thriving Community. It calls upon the campus to further environments dedicated to flourishing, sense of belonging, and freedom of expression. The Dean will lead faculty, staff, and students toward a thriving and varied community by supporting programming, hiring, and other structural changes attentive to the inclusion and success of all its people. 

Reporting directly to the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the college.

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in one of the disciplines in the college or a closely related field.
  • A distinguished record of achievement in the areas of research, teaching, and service with evidence of professional distinction that merits appointment at the rank of tenured, full professor within the College. 
  • 3-5 years of administrative/leadership experience in higher education overseeing operations of sufficient complexity to prepare the candidate to be successful as Dean of the COHS.

  • Proven ability to be collaborative and engaged in faculty governance, academic leadership, administrative leadership (e.g., conducting evaluations and supervising faculty and staff) and developing faculty/staff leadership. 
  • Experience in overseeing and managing large and complex budgets while navigating university fiscal structures and processes.
  • Strong listening skills, keen intellectual curiosity, bold vision for the future of education, robust interpersonal skills, strong analytical abilities, and transparent communication.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as an innovative leader. 
  • Experience as an organizational leader guiding and facilitating diversity, equity, access, community wellbeing, and inclusion efforts at an institution of higher learning.
  • Experience in effectively advocating for students, faculty, and staff. 
  • An ability for developing diverse community and professional partnerships. 
  • A deep understanding and application of effective pedagogy and technology integration into the educational experience including online learning across a variety of educational landscapes.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the demands placed on the administration and delivery of clinically based programs.
  • Demonstrated success in alumni relations, external fundraising, and philanthropy.
  • Proven ability of attracting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Deep understanding and ability to grow and support extramurally funded research within the college and university.
  • An ability to lead efforts in strategic enrollment management across diverse academic disciplines.
  • Commitment to serving a diverse population in the State of Idaho and closing equity gaps in educational attainment and student success.
  • An ability to create collaborative relationships across diverse academic disciplines and among the Deans of the other academic colleges.
  • Ability to foster productive relationships with industry partners.

About Boise State University -  Facts and Figures

Boise State University is nationally recognized for its trailblazing innovation. Often described as “Blue Turf Thinking” after our iconic football field, this mindset shapes the scrappy, creative, and boundary-breaking style of our academic enterprise. The university fosters a culture of innovation by inviting and rewarding the engagement of the whole community in our evolution and by building structures that incentivize creativity and bold new ideas.

Boise State provides an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that prepares students for success and advances Idaho and the world.

The university has experienced sustained growth for decades and has a keen focus on student success. A top choice for students from Idaho and across the West, Boise State has more than doubled its graduate programming in the past 15 years and has set records for the number of graduates for 10 straight years. 

Nationally recognized in the Top 50 for innovation by U.S. News & World Report and described by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a university that is “demonstrably on the move,” Boise State was also one of five universities in the nation recognized in 2017 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities for innovative approaches to improving retention and graduation rates.

Boise State has a huge positive impact on the state. Home to Idaho’s largest graduate school, we also enroll more than one-third of all students in Idaho’s public higher education system and confer nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees awarded by the state’s public universities.
Boise State has risen on a stunning trajectory from a community college to a doctoral research university. It now embodies the best of both worlds—a strong focus on students and their wellbeing, alongside the transformative potential of research and its impacts on both student outcomes and on the world around us through discovery. Founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church as Boise Junior College, it transitioned to an independent junior college in 1934. Later, it evolved to Boise College, then Boise State College and, since 1974, as Boise State University. It began awarding baccalaureate degrees in 1965 and master’s degrees in 1972. Doctoral degrees have been awarded by the university since 1997. Only seven presidents have led Boise State University during its 88-year history; Dr. Marlene Tromp is the current president.

Boise State has earned a Carnegie Classification of a High Research Activity Doctoral Universities with over 58% growth in research awards over the last five years and many of Boise State’s academic programs have achieved accreditation or approval by specialized professional organizations and agencies.

Boise State’s Mission
Boise State provides an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that prepares students for success and advances Idaho and the world.

Boise State’s Vision
To be a premier student-success driven research university innovating for statewide and global impact. The trailblazing, innovative character that has always defined Boise State will help us foster student success, advance Idaho, and Idahoans, and strengthen our culture of innovation and impact.

Boise’s Strategic Vision
Boise State’s Blueprint for Success strategic plan provides the vision and goals for the university's next chapter. The College of Health Sciences also has a strategic plan.

Living in the Area
Year after year, the city of Boise earns accolades from across the country as a wonderful place to work, play, raise a family, grow a business, and enjoy life. With a population of more than 225,000 within a surrounding metropolitan area of nearly 750,000, the capital city and its high-tech economy are driving the development of the fastest-growing state in the nation.

Boise is one of the most geographically isolated cities in the nation and prides itself on its homegrown culture, businesses, education, and outdoor amenities. The entrepreneurial spirit that has launched and housed companies like Albertsons, the J.R. Simplot Co., Morrison-Knudsen, and Micron Technology pervades today among the next generation of business pioneers.

The Boise Greenbelt runs more than 25 miles along the Boise River past downtown and the Boise State campus. From Bogus Basin Mountain Resort to a brand-new Whitewater Park, the city’s network of parks, trails, and open space to help ensure access to Idaho’s great outdoors will remain a key element of the Boise lifestyle.

The city is home to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Treefort Music Fest, the Boise Philharmonic, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and much more. It is one of the few cities in the nation to have a full municipal department dedicated to arts and history.

Boise State has been recognized as one of the top three universities in the country for Outdoor Adventure and fly fishing – you can hook some trout in the shadow of Bronco Stadium. A walk or ride down the Greenbelt takes you across the city and through a variety of beautiful terrains.

Boise hosts two farmers’ markets downtown, and a fabulous menu of local and national restaurant options from food trucks and steak houses to unique international cuisine. We’re supportive of local business and commerce while growing a healthy mix of economic development and industry.

Families enjoy Boise’s excellent public schools – and many find comfortable homes among our diverse religious communities. Our many cultures love to share with each other: from the Jewish Deli Days to the Greek and Russian food festivals to the huge gathering of Basques from around the world every five years in Boise, the city loves to come together for special events.

To Apply 

Please apply through the application link and do not email applications.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are also treated confidentially.

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Institution’s EEO Statement 
Boise State University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants for employment as provided for by federal, state, and local law. Boise State prohibits, to the extent permitted by applicable law, discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, or sexual orientation. As an affirmative action employer, the University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, qualified individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans. 

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