Dean of the College of Business and Communication

Brenau University
Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 10, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
College of Business and Communication

Dean Position

The Dean Search

The College of Business and Communication’s quest is for a creative, energetic, experienced and forward-thinking leader for this prestigious, programmatically entrepreneurial and culturally diverse College. The Dean is the unifying and coordinating force of the College, is ultimately responsible for all of its activities and will be expected to continue its successful momentum, growth and excellence. The incoming Dean is expected to support and advocate for highly qualified and professionally-proven faculty and academic staff within the College of Business & Communication.


Founded as the Georgia Baptist Female Seminary by Dr. W. C. Wilkes, Brenau University is a non-sectarian, private, not-for-profit institution. In 1900, it was named Brenau College. Today, Brenau University consists of The Women’s College of Brenau University, the Undergraduate School of Brenau University (coeducational) and the Sidney O. Smith Jr. Graduate School. The Women’s College, located in Gainesville, has provided excellence in single-gender education since 1878. Brenau initiated coeducational studies in 1972 and, in 1992, Brenau became a university. For 140 years, Brenau has been governed by ten presidents and has a rich tradition of providing a rigorous, high-quality education. 

Mission and Strategy

Brenau University’s mission is clear: preparing students to live extraordinary lives of personal and professional fulfillment. Brenau provides an education that is not only of the highest quality, but is demonstrably life-changing. Brenau exists as a dichotomy. It is simultaneously progressive while honoring its 140 years of heritage and tradition.

Brenau at a Glance

Brenau University is strong, prestigious and expanding, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Brenau is seeking a leader to maintain and enhance its progress and stature. From its 55-acre historic Gainesville campus to the additional instructional locations near Atlanta, as well as its global reach with many online programs, Brenau annually enrolls more than 3,500 students in unduplicated headcount.

Brenau students come from 41 U.S. states and 15 foreign countries. The student body is 87 percent female, 13 percent male, 48 percent Caucasian, 31 percent African-American, 9 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian and 9 percent from other demographics. More than 85 percent of the University’s students receive financial aid from some source, private or public.

A central focus of the Gainesville and the Hall County, Georgia, community, Brenau has an annual economic impact of approximately $147.5 million. In 2018, the University successfully concluded its $40 million ForeverGold campaign, surpassing the goal with a total committed and collected of $42.39 million. The campaign was targeted to address the major points of strategic plan BRENAU 2025. 

Academic Structure

The College of Business and Communication has been educating traditional aged college students for decades. For over 50 years, the College has educated working adult students with helping them advance their careers. Over time, on-ground evening classes evolved online as adult students experienced the flexibility of the online environment. The faculty are very comfortable teaching in the online environment, as this College has been offering this modality for 20 years. The classes are small, and students value the interaction with their professors. The graduate MAcc and MA in Communication & Media Studies programs, plus the MBA and MSOL, offer 13 concentrations, allowing students to graduate with a general MBA or further their education through one of the specific tracks. Starting its second year, the Executive Women’s MBA (EWMBA) is the only of its kind. Undergraduate programs include a BBA, BAOL, BS in Healthcare Administration, and BA in Communication and Media Studies. The College of Business and Communication utilizes continuous quality improvement methods that help consistently ensure that a Brenau education is current, relevant and always of top quality. 

Academically, Brenau comprises four colleges: the Ivester College of Health Sciences, the College of Fine Arts & Humanities, the College of Business & Communication and the College of Education. 

Housed within the College of Business & Communication is the School of Business, which offers a plethora of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, many of which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Students have the option to major or specialize in almost any area of business, from marketing to human resource management to healthcare management or accounting. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that Brenau University’s BBA and MBA degrees in Human Resource Management fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, 437 programs in 325 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. 

Also within the College is the Communication Department, offering students programming that will prepare them for a variety of careers, such as sales, public relations and social media specialists. These students also have the opportunity to have a hands-on role in the Brenau University radio station, 89.1 WBCX, and explore their skills in broadcast or videography in the studio.

External Recognition

For 140 years, the University has provided prestigious higher education centered around its value of small class sizes, personal attention to individual students and reasonable costs. According to the US News & World Report college rankings (2021), Brenau was top in the state and second in the region in Economic Diversity, as well as tying for first in Georgia in Best Colleges for Veterans. The University also ranked No. 2 in Georgia in Social Mobility and was the top university in the state and tied for sixth overall in Campus Ethnic Diversity. Finally, Brenau was ranked the No. 3 Best Regional University and No. 3 Best Value Schools in Georgia. In addition, Brenau has been ranked among the top 2 online colleges in Georgia (, among the top 191 online MBA programs nationally (US News & World Report), among the top 100 best online master’s programs in business—non MBA (US News & World Report).

In addition to Brenau’s success on the U.S. News list, the University was named to The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” section of its 2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region for the 16th consecutive year. The feature placed Brenau in the top 22% of the nation’s four-year colleges throughout the Southeast, Midwest, Northeast, West and internationally.

The methodology for the rankings includes building scores on a scale from 60-99. Brenau excelled due to its high-quality academics with a score of 87. Brenau’s professors also received high praise with an “interesting” rating of 83 and an accessibility score of 80, while student quality of life scored an 83. Factors in these ratings included how many hours students study outside of the classroom, the quality of students the school attracts, how happy students are with their lives outside of the classroom and more.

City of Gainesville, Georgia

Located along the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier and at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville, Georgia, is the tourism and economic center of Northeast Georgia. The city sits halfway — about an hour each direction — between the Appalachian Mountains and the city center of Atlanta. Home to over 35,000 people, Gainesville’s pristine Lake Lanier shoreline made the city host of several 1996 Olympic Games events. An NBC broadcaster covering the rowing/kayaking event referred to Gainesville as “the Hospitality Capital of the World.” Today, the city and its Lake Lanier Olympic Park remain a popular destination for rowing and kayaking events. Single-family living is moderately priced and readily available.

Responsibilities of the Dean   

The Dean:

    Advances the mission of the University as an institution of higher learning, renowned for its uniquely personal approach and distinguished for its teaching, while  appreciating the traditions and values of Brenau University

    Defines an innovative strategic vision aligned with the University’s long-term goals

    Assesses, evaluates and directs College operations and practices to increase efficiency, sustain shared resources, and thrive in the competitive higher education landscape

    Continues Brenau’s distinction as a university in which ethics, service and the promotion of justice are key elements of the student experience

    Builds on, promotes cohesion within, annually assesses and develops the skills of existing leadership and faculty members

    Seeks grant and other external funding opportunities

    Supports and advances Brenau University’s collaborative international education initiatives, retention efforts and community projects 

    Develops strong relationships with all University stakeholders and connects the University to community members, industry contacts and other business leaders, pursing mutually beneficial projects  

    Ensures continuous improvement across programs, drawing from experience with assessment and outcome measures, program reviews, student-centeredness and retention best practices

    Exemplifies with integrity, energy and enthusiasm the values of Brenau University 

    Communicates effectively through a variety of modalities to many disparate audiences 

    Understands the lifelong value of a liberal arts education; Brenau’s institutional commitment to international learning experiences; the nature of continuous change in higher education

Preferred Experience and Qualifications

    Pulls from successful prior experience, working collaboratively to develop, launch, manage, ensure the viability and growth of traditional on ground and online programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels for adult and traditional-aged student populations

    Is a transparent and decisive but considerate administrator who empowers others through servant leadership while communicating accountability

    Has an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree/credentials from a regionally accredited institution, with teaching, research, and service commensurate with an appointment to the rank of full professor

    Maintains current knowledge of accreditation guidelines and industry standards, especially concerning SACSCOC, ACBSP/AACSB, and Baldrige criteria

    Possesses a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and demonstrates action and accountability in advancing strategies to support diverse populations within the college

    Has a history of executive leadership or equivalent in relevant non academic setting

    Builds and maintains international partnerships and supports collaborative international learning among institutions

    Supports faculty and staff development and is responsive to student comments, conversations and concerns

    Recognizes the value of experiential learning and community relationships, and has knowledge of and experience with business incubators

    Demonstrates strong intellectual, interpersonal and ethical qualities that inspire individual respect among internal and external constituents

    Illustrates an ability to collaborate productively with, maintain confidentiality of conversations with, and support peers (i.e. members of Provost’s Council and other senior leadership / administrative positions)

    Has a familiarity with the various graduate programs in the College: the MAcc, MBA, MS Organizational Leadership, MA Communication and Media Studies and the BBA. 


Application deadline: February 2021

Committee review of candidate applications: March 2021

Interviews with selected candidates: April 2021

Appointment: May 2021

Start date: July 2021

Application process

Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/CV and contact information for five professional references and should be submitted in separate documents. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to February 28, 2021, to receive full consideration. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Brenau University - EOE 


Special Requirements:

Brenau University will conduct criminal background checks on all persons being considered for initial employment. In some circumstances, an FBI fingerprint report may be necessary to satisfy the requirement. Employees must hold and continue to maintain a favorable criminal history background. Credit checks may be performed on employees who are selected for a position that regularly engages in handling credit cards or other company monies. Due to insurance requirements, employees operating university vehicles must be at least 25 years of age, have a valid Georgia driver's license, and good driving record. An MVR may be performed during the hiring process. All employees who operate university vehicles or who are employed in a sensitive position may be subject to post hire drug screening and random drug-screenings. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug screening.


Licensure Requirements 

If the position you are applying for necessitates that you hold a professional degree, license, or certification, then proof of such professional degree, license, or certification must be provided in addition to this application for Brenau University to consider your application for employment. Failure to provide proof of professional degree, license, or certification when applicable may result in rejection of an application.  

All positions will be filled pending budgetary review.