Providence College - Dean, School of Continuing Education

RI, Providence

Providence College (PC), a four-year, Roman Catholic and Dominican liberal arts institution of higher education, seeks a talented, visionary leader to serve as the college’s Dean of the School of Continuing Education (SCE). The new dean will be responsible for building and strengthening the SCE in alignment with PC’s Strategic Plan by designing and implementing new classroom and online programming, developing new markets, and creating flexible options for continuing education that meet the needs of the region.  

Providence College is a community committed to academic excellence, growth in virtue, and service of God and neighbor. The college was established in 1917, and represents a distinctive identity and mission as the only college or university in the United States founded by, and conducted under the auspices of, the Dominican Friars. PC consistently has been ranked among the top five regional (north) universities according to U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Providence College is home to approximately 320 outstanding faculty in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Professional Studies, and Continuing Education, enrolls over 4800 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students, and is among the top 30 employers in the State of Rhode Island. More information about PC may be found at 

PC’s School of Continuing Education provides academic programs designed to meet the educational needs of adult students. The SCE offers eight bachelor’s degree programs, two associate’s degree programs, and eight certificate programs in a broad range of liberal arts and professional disciplines. SCE also offers two joint master’s of education degree programs, one in Urban Education and Teacher Certification and another in Mathematics and Teacher Certification.

Reporting to the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and a member of the provost’s senior team, the dean is responsible for ensuring that the School of Continuing Education advances PC’s reputation, mission and strategic priorities. PC seeks an entrepreneurial leader for the school who will expand on its extraordinary history and curricular strengths to deliver outstanding, innovative programs that serve a diverse adult student population and employer base in Providence and the surrounding region. To succeed, the dean must be an academic innovator with strong interpersonal skills, a collaborative working style, marketing and business development skills, and the ability to develop productive relationships with campus and external constituents. An advanced degree from an accredited academic institution, higher education experience, substantive successful experience in an administrative leadership role, and experience with adult and continuing education are required. A doctoral degree and faculty experience are preferred. 

Please direct nominations and applications to Lucy A. Leske and Greg Duyck at For best consideration, applications should consist of a cover letter and resume and should be received by April 7, 2020.

Providence College, a primarily undergraduate, liberal arts, Catholic institution of higher education conducted under the auspices of the Dominican Friars, seeks candidates who can affirm and contribute to its mission. The College is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment that supports all of its students, faculty, and staff. All members of the community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning experience valuing differences and practicing inclusion. We invite applications from qualified individuals who possess the experience, knowledge, and commitment to work within a diverse learning environment. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Providence College is an equal opportunity employer.