Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 15, 2020
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time




Atlanta, Georgia

Oglethorpe University, a nationally ranked private liberal arts and sciences college and hub for social mobility, seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial, and hands-on builder to serve as Dean of the Hammack School of Business (HSB or the Hammack School). Established by a transformational alumni gift in 2019, the Hammack School is poised to grow in size and impact, capitalizing off the well-established, distinctive, liberal arts-based business education that Oglethorpe has provided to a remarkably diverse student body for many decades. Working in partnership with Oglethorpe’s new President, the Provost, and the university and business communities, the Dean will play a pivotal role in building excitement and engagement around the Hammack School’s unique trajectory and reach, centered in principles of experiential and interdisciplinary learning catalyzed by a liberal arts and sciences education; diversity, equity and inclusion; high impact practices supported by faculty and staff mentors; and excellence in producing the 21st century leaders who make a difference. The Dean joins the Hammack School at a moment of potential and will have an opportunity to build distinction in academic programming, student and alumni success, and contributions to the future of business education.

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University unites a close-knit campus community in Atlanta. With more than 60 programs of study and an average class size of 17, Oglethorpe offers a liberal arts and sciences education that equips students with the skills employers value most: strong critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. Central to this is the Core Curriculum, a cohort-based sequence of interdisciplinary courses intentionally designed to challenge perceptions, evoke questions, transform perspectives, and create connections.

Today, Oglethorpe enrolls 1,452 students, representing over 30 states and 30 countries. Students choose Oglethorpe because of our small class sizes, mentorship provided by committed faculty and staff, internship opportunities in the city of Atlanta, and our commitment to affordability. Among its many accolades, Oglethorpe is the only school in Georgia, public or private, to be named among the nation’s top 20 “best buy” schools in the latest Fiske Guide to Colleges. In addition, Forbes ranks Oglethorpe 33rd among America’s most entrepreneurial colleges, and US News and World Report recognizes it as the 14th most diverse student body among liberal arts colleges nationwide and as one of America’s best national liberal arts colleges. Additional information about Oglethorpe can be found in the Appendix or on our website.

The university is especially committed to recruiting members of diverse communities, as well as individuals who foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in their leadership. An active and visible member on campus and in the broader community, the Dean will possess a deep appreciation for the history, achievements, and aspirations of Oglethorpe, while seeking to build upon those strengths in expanding the Hammack School and opportunities for its students. While leveraging the opportunities afforded by the university’s location, the successful candidate must possess the authenticity and cultural competency necessary to be an effective representative of the university and must be a key liaison to its diverse internal and external constituencies.

The Dean will lead the Hammack School in growing its distinctive and interdisciplinary offerings, enhancing relationships internally and externally, and amplifying the School’s connections and contributions to the regional community and business education landscape. The successful candidate will: have an earned Ph.D. or terminal degree; demonstrate a proven understanding, commitment, and track record of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and bring to bear significant organizational building experience within an academic enterprise.

Oglethorpe has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications, consisting of a CV and cover letter outlining commitment and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Regan Gough, Ludi Chow, and Casey Gallagher

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Oglethorpe University is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, assignment, re-assignment, promotion, transfer, compensation, discipline and termination. The University prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation in employment based on race; color; religion; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or gender expression; marital status; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; age; disability or handicap; genetic information; citizenship status; service member status; or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.


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