Dean, Pamplin School of Business

Oregon, United States
Competitive Salary
Oct 12, 2020
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Portland, a Catholic university founded in 1901 and overlooking the Willamette River and the city of Portland, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean for the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business. Appointed by the University President, Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., Ph.D., and reporting to the Provost, Dr. Herbert A. Medina, the Dean is responsible for the quality, conduct, administration, planning, and development of the school’s teaching programs, research activities, and industry partnerships. The mission of the School of Business is to create a collaborative learning environment that develops students’ knowledge of effective business practices, enhances their analytic and interpersonal skills, and enables them to be successful and ethical leaders in their communities and the changing world.

The successful candidate for Dean will be an experienced leader with a proven capacity to provide thoughtful, inclusive leadership as well as the energy and enthusiasm to help the School achieve critical goals. Additionally, the Dean must be a person of high ethical standards with an understanding of and support for the Catholic mission of the University and the School of Business, including its strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and will foster a collaborative environment with a focus to provide students with an innovative, challenging educational experience that goes beyond business fundamentals to develop the leadership skills and knowledge needed in the next generation workforce. The successful candidate will have demonstrated lived experience, knowledge, skills, and/or success in diversity, equity & inclusion work within or transferable to higher education; these should be described in the cover letter and/or a separate diversity statement. This high visibility, high impact role will be both outward facing in advancing opportunities to connect with the business community and internally attentive in strengthening and supporting the faculty and staff to further the academic mission. The selected candidate will also have a chance to collaborate with other deans to lead the newly reorganized and staffed Franz Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. The School has established progressive industry partnerships and relationships with significant foundations and a successful Dean will continue to foster this growth.

 Led by Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., President since 2014, the University of Portland is Oregon’s only comprehensive university with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts and Sciences, and a graduate school. There are more than 40 undergraduate programs and 30 minors, as well as 18 graduate programs, and more than 1,300 courses. The University features small class settings (12:1 student-faculty ratio) and award-winning faculty. For 23 consecutive years, the University has earned a top-10 ranking by US News & World Report in the “Regional Universities – West” classification. For six consecutive years, UP has been the top Oregon school in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in private universities. And for three consecutive years, Bloomberg Businessweek has named University of Portland the top school in Oregon for “return on investment” in a state-by-state ranking of schools providing graduates with the most return for the price of their education.


The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here:

The University of Portland has retained Opus Partners ( to support this recruitment. Jim Hess, Partner, Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to