Towson University - Dean of Business and Economics
Towson University (“TU”), Maryland’s largest comprehensive university and a recognized leader in student learning, diversity, research, and community service, seeks a visionary, energetic, and innovative leader to serve as its next Dean of the College of Business& Economics (CBE). Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Melanie Perreault, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and will join TU at a pivotal juncture in its history as it continues the trajectory of excellence and impact in teaching and scholarship to become a Carnegie R2 institution.
TU placed No. 27 among public institutions nationwide in a recent ranking of the best undergraduate business schools by online business education publication, “Poets & Quants.” Specifically, CBE graduates scored high marks in career outcomes, with 85% of students having a business-specific internship prior to graduation, while 96% of graduates seeking employment found full-time jobs. With accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) for both business and accounting, the CBE provides a culture of world-class business education, transforming thousands of students into professionals each year. With this hands-on approach to learning, the CBE prepares graduates for success in their professional careers.
The CBE Strategic Plan 2020-2025 supports their mission of developing high quality and innovative programs and resources, connecting individuals to opportunities by applying theory to practice in curricular, co-curricular and scholarship activities, and transforming students into professionals who will have a positive societal impact within Maryland and beyond. With almost 100 full-time faculty members, 20 staff employees, and dozens of adjunct faculty, the CBE faculty and staff embrace a culture of striving for excellence, learning, ethical behavior, civility, diversity, inclusion, creativity, and engagement.
TU’s location in Baltimore, MD and close proximity to Washington DC present a unique opportunity to partner with leading businesses in a variety of industries. With a focus on outreach, the CBE channels its resources in its three centers: the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research; the Maryland Council on Economic Education; and a partnership with the Baltimore Cash Campaign. In addition, TU’s StarTUp at the armory has served as the front door for start-ups, small businesses, as well as the region’s largest corporations. These partnerships allow CBE students to connect with the professional community and apply their business knowledge, critical-thinking, and problem solving skills to achieve common goals within diverse teams.
Working in collaboration with CBE’s department chairs, center directors, and faculty in keeping with TU’s traditions of shared governance, the Dean will advance a bold vision for CBE’s future that also respects the College’s deeply held traditions and core values. They will develop a long-term strategy to guide the CBE’s growth and development, leveraging entrepreneurial opportunities available within its dynamic ecosystem and the larger community. The Dean will play a key role in stewarding existing relationships and building new networks that benefit the College and its partners. Success in the role will require an individual who can inspire and unify the community around shared priorities; continue to attract, retain, and cultivate talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students; and empower all within CBE to be at the forefront of elevating the university to Carnegie R2 Classification. As a passionate, energetic champion for the educational mission and student success, the incoming Dean must be an exceptional communicator who is skilled at building relationships with internal and external partners, represent the College compellingly to stakeholders and donors, and demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice.
All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile. Professional references are not requested at this time. WittKieffer is assisting Towson University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 20, 2023.
Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Lauren Bruce-Stets TowsonDeanCBE@wittkieffer.com.
Towson University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and University System of Maryland regulations prohibiting the discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.