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University of Akron - Dean of Business
Title:University of Akron - Dean of Business
Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist the University of Akron in their search for Dean of the College of Business.

For best consideration, please apply by October 21, 2021 

The University of Akron seeks an accomplished leader and fundraiser with a demonstrated track record of success to serve as their next Dean. This position is ideal for a cutting edge, student-centric leader with a proven history of successful growth initiatives, strong partnership and collaboration skills, and results-focused leadership. The successful candidate will coordinate the development and delivery of academic programs meeting the demands of today’s workforce and students while enhancing the visibility and reputation of the existing business programs.  
A solid record of innovative program development and enhancements along with the ability to build and develop successful community partnerships is required for success. The Akron area, rich in development and growth potential, provides an exceptional opportunity for a creative leader and builder skilled in working across disciplines, community engagement and with excellent economic development skills. 
This position offers exciting opportunities to provide strategic, and visionary leadership to a motivated group of faculty and staff in matters relating to curriculum and program development; accreditation, assessment and evaluation; recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students; community engagement; research, scholarship, grant-seeking, and fundraising.  
The next Dean is a collaborative, innovative and decisive leader committed to promoting excellence in all facets of business education. The College of Business maintains AACSB accreditation and one of only 1% globally to hold an additional accreditation in accounting. The College of Business was ranked among the top 100 undergraduate schools in the country and fourth in Ohio based on Poets&Quants rankings. The Princeton Review named the MBA program one of the best on-campus MBA programs. 


The Dean of the College of Business is the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer with responsibility for the College’s instructional, research and outreach environment, including oversight of its $12 million budget, faculty recruitment and retention, advancement and external relations, student professional development and student academic affairs. The Dean is expected to provide vocal and visionary leadership on behalf of the College, to embrace the mission of public education in an urban environment, and to help create and implement a framework for excellence within the College that incorporates diversity and inclusiveness at its core. This deanship is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial and dynamic leader, as the College seeks to grow enrollment while it also undertakes efforts to increase non-tuition revenue generation and further leverage strategic corporate and community partnerships. 

This position reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and leads a College of approximately 78 Associate and Assistant Deans, Chairs, Senior Director and Directors, faculty and staff. 

Required Qualifications 
  • Candidates may emerge from various experiences, achievements, and leadership histories both within and outside of the academy.  
  • Candidates should have substantial experience within their chosen professional track in leading large units towards significant growth and effectiveness.  
  • All candidates from the academic career path should have a terminal degree relevant to their discipline and those from outside the academy should be in a leadership role within their company and industry. 
  • All candidates should have a demonstrated record of administrative and managerial experience, in a corporate or business setting or within an academic environment. 
Preferred Qualifications 
  • A vision for a college of business that is the college of choice within the region by prospective students and employers and evidence of translating that vision into action;  
  • Proven history of serving as a persistent champion for the college within today’s higher education landscape and to advocate for its growth;  
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in relating to diverse faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies;  
  • Commitment and history of success with interdisciplinary and experiential learning in the context of growing intercollegiate, community, and international partnerships; experience with extending and applying research, educational, and practice-based knowledge to help solve problems and foster learning within the community;  
  • Demonstrated examples of working effectively in an environment of shared governance; and success in managing organizational change in ways that are responsive to diverse constituencies and maintain practices of collaboration and collegiality. 
About the College of Business

The College enrolls roughly 1,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students in 5 schools and departments, six centers and institutes, graduate and undergraduate professional development programs, four graduate degrees and three undergraduate degrees consisting of 11 different majors. The College of Business employs approximately 7 Associate and Assistant Deans and Chairs, 46 full-time faculty and 25 staff members. The College’s educational programs span five departments – Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing. The departments, programs, research labs, and centers yield both applied and basic knowledge that provides the foundation for strong academic preparation, professional development training, and network building for students seeking degrees both within the College and across The University of Akron campus. 

The College of Business at the University of Akron has earned the distinction of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation and is ranked as a top 50 public business school by Bloomberg Businessweek. Located within downtown Akron, the College of Business is just steps away from Fortune 500 companies and has well-established ties to the business community. The College places great emphasis on applied learning and is a campus leader in establishing the use of discipline-specific advisory boards, with over 270 members on College boards. With the goal of students being “Career Ready and Connected,” there is a focus on high-quality and innovative professional development training programs. These strong ties to the business community provide ready access to internships that offer experiential learning for business students which lead to high job placement rates and measurable success of our students. For more information please visit
About The University of Akron 

The University of Akron is one of Ohio’s most influential public urban research universities, conducting extensive research in focused areas of excellence, contributing to the vitality of the local economy, and providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines. UA offers nearly 18,000 students a wide variety of in-demand associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs with a career-focused emphasis. 
About the Area 

With a population of nearly 200,000, Akron is perfect for those looking for a city with a small town feel. With more than 20 distinct neighborhoods, the city offers residents a wide array of benefits including a vibrant downtown, delicious dining, diverse and thriving arts and cultural scene, outdoor activities including the San Run Metro Park with over 41 miles of hiking trails and Towpath Trail with 87 miles of Ohio’s most scenic countryside and numerous small lakes. The city is further supported by public transportation including buses, Amtrak and the Akron-Canton Airport. Akron enjoys a cost of living 30.5% below the national average. 

Akron is only 40 minutes from Cleveland, 30 minutes from Canton and about two hours from both Columbus and Pittsburgh. The city has a strong pro-business climate and strategically located to promote opportunities. Akron is the corporate home to numerous companies and its largest employer, 
Summa Health Systems provides job to nearly 11,000 people. 

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Application Instructions: 

For best consideration, please apply by October 21, 2021 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. To be considered, applications must be made through the application link and not emailed. Review of applicants will begin upon receipt. 

Inquiries, referrals and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Academic Career & Executive Search at 
Equal Employment Opportunity 

The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office ( 

The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at 
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