Dean, Tippie College of Business

Iowa, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 24, 2020
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Iowa (UI) seeks a visionary, experienced, and entrepreneurial leader with a deep commitment to academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, and student success for the Henry B. Tippie Deanship in the Tippie College of Business.

The University of Iowa is one of the nation's premier public research universities with more than 32,000 students from 114 countries and all 50 states. Founded in 1847, it is the state's oldest institution of higher education and is located alongside the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City. A member of the Association of American Universities since 1909 and the Big Ten Conference since 1899, the UI is home to one of the largest and most acclaimed medical centers in the country, as well as the famous Iowa Writers' Workshop. The university also has a pervasive spirit of entrepreneurship that guides student start-ups, new enterprises built on faculty discoveries, and other innovations.

The Tippie College of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1923. Tippie is "positioned to conquer business education," as its recent AACSB review team stated. Its six departments serve more than 4,000 students pursuing degrees from Bachelor's to PhD. Tippie's student body and faculty, together with its 50,000 alumni, have grown into a force for positive transformation in the business world. Tippie has historically seen high rankings in a number of areas. It is currently ranked as the #31 best business school and the #22 part-time MBA program in the US by US News and World Report. It also boasts the #16 ranked Entrepreneurship Program (Princeton Review), #16 best Master's of Accounting Program (TaxTalent), #11 highest CPA pass rate for large accountancy programs (NASBA), and the #10 best Data Science Master's Program in the US (CIO Magazine). In addition to its excellence, Tippie and the University of Iowa offer a supportive, collaborative environment where faculty within the college and deans across the university work together to advance the institution's overall mission, develop innovative new approaches, and promote student success. With its shared purpose and strong sense of community, Tippie is a place with infinite potential.

The next dean of the Tippie College of Business will be expected to realize this potential in a new and exciting era. A top priority will be to execute and continue to develop the college’s strategic plan in collaboration with college leaders and faculty and in concert with the university as a whole. The vision of the current strategic plan is for Tippie to build on its strengths to enhance research excellence, to educate problem solvers who can communicate their solutions, and to enhance connections with alumni and corporate partners. All three of these strategies will ultimately contribute to the success of all Tippie students. The successful candidate will also be tasked with implementing a strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion plan for attracting and retaining diverse students, staff, and faculty. The dean will also be expected to implement a new budget model while continuing to advocate for and generate additional resources. Additional challenges include recruiting and retaining world-class faculty and developing a rebuilding strategy for Tippie's Economics Department. All of these efforts will be carried out within the context of the collaborative and supportive environment within the college and in the broader university.

The next Tippie College of Business dean must have a record of excellence in teaching, research, and service appropriate for a tenured appointment at the level of full professor in a department in the college. The dean will also have deep experience in administrative leadership and will demonstrate the administrative, fiscal, and operational acumen required to manage a complex college with six departments offering a full range of graduate and undergraduate degrees within the context of a decentralized, hybrid RCM budget model. The dean should demonstrate inspiring leadership qualities and have an unwavering focus on student success. Additionally, the dean should be an experienced fundraiser and, in coordination with the UI Center for Advancement development staff, forge strong relationships with donors, alumni, and corporate partners as the university prepares to publicly launch a groundbreaking fundraising campaign. The dean will be a highly engaged and accessible leader and must have a deep and steadfast commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applicants must submit a CV and letter of interest via WittKieffer's candidate portal or by email. A comprehensive leadership profile can be found here: The position will remain open until filled. Direct nominations, confidential inquiries, and applications to Suzanne Teer, Ann Yates, and Greg Duyck at 

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