Dean of the Richards College of Business

Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 09, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Dean of the Richards College of Business

at the University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia, a leading residential, doctoral comprehensive public university located about an hour west of Atlanta, invites applications and nominations for the academic leadership post of Dean of the Richards College of Business. The Dean will build upon the strengths of the college’s academic programs, curate robust student-centric experiences, expand research and scholarly achievements, and engage the internal and external University community.

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The Richards College of Business

The Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia (UWG) is in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement, and experiences. Business students acquire more than knowledge during their time at UWG and graduate prepared not only to lead, but also to make an impact on the business world.

The business programs are accredited by AACSB with additional specialized AACSB accreditation for the accounting program. The College has 60 faculty and 10 staff members. More than 2,200 undergraduate and 200 graduate students are enrolled in classes. 

UWG’s Richards College of Business offers ten bachelor’s, two master’s, and eight certificate programs; an SAP certificate; and an Early Executive Track MBA. It has four distinct departments: (1) Accounting and Finance, (2) Economics, (3) Management, and (4) Marketing and Real Estate. The College also has an active internship program that connects students with businesses and supports the Small Business Development Center, the Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy, and the Center for Business and Economic Research.

With strong industry ties, the College is actively engaged in the community and has a robust Industry Advisory Board. The College also hosts several signature events annually, including the Economic Forecast Breakfast and Women Empowering Women.

About the University of West Georgia

Since 1906, the University of West Georgia has been home to those who seek a transformative college experience. UWG is a leading residential, doctoral comprehensive university that offers a broad undergraduate and graduate curriculum based on a liberal arts foundation.

UWG is classified as a Doctoral Research University R3 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Only seven other Georgia institutions of higher learning qualify for doctoral university status. UWG is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is classified as a SACS Level VI University, the highest level possible.

Nestled on a picturesque 645 acres, the University of West Georgia is just 50 miles west of Atlanta. Serving more than 13,400 students across nine academic units, the University is known for its innovative academic programs and student-centered environment. It is a regional powerhouse with locations in Carrollton, Douglasville, and Newnan, Georgia. With students from 36 states and 69 countries, UWG is locally connected and globally relevant.

Perennially ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and Colleges of Distinction as a top national university, the University currently offers 92 programs of study: 45 bachelor’s; 24 master’s; six specialist; five doctoral; nine post-baccalaureate, two post-master certificates, and one undergraduate certificate.

Dean of the Richards College of Business

Through visionary, inclusive, and entrepreneurial leadership, the Dean will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators and will report directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The University of West Georgia seeks a leader who will advance and support the University’s mission of fulfilling workforce development needs while contributing to the social, cultural, and economic development of the region, state, nation, and world.

In coordination with the Provost, the Dean provides leadership and direction for the College’s programs and activities and will work with faculty, staff, and administration to:

  • Promote excellent teaching and student success.
  • Provide creative, collaborative leadership consistent with the mission of the University.
  • Supervise and develop innovative academic programming within the College with emphasis on experiential learning.
  • Expand research, scholarship, and external funding.
  • Implement effective and efficient policy, personnel, accreditation, continuous improvement, fiscal, and strategic processes and leadership.
  • Serve as an advocate for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Represent the College to a variety of external constituents.


A successful administrative experience in supervision of tenure-track and tenured faculty and an earned doctorate are required. The Dean must possess a progressive record of increasing academic leadership and a distinguished record of teaching, scholarly achievement, and professional accomplishments sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of professor in one of the College’s academic programs.

Within the context of the opportunities and challenges of 21st century higher education, the Dean will demonstrate:

  • The ability to foster academic excellence.
  • Strong written and interpersonal skills.
  • An ability to successfully cultivate an environment of teamwork through integrity and build trust through shared governance.
  • A commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience in working with external partners, including local and regional businesses. 

Highly Preferred Experiences

  • Experience in delivering career-focused professional programs in higher education
  • Successful history of strategic planning, resource stewardship, and assessment 
  • Experience with program accreditation
  • Technology integration into the educational experience and online learning
  • Demonstrated commitment of supporting cultural and gender equity
  • Successfully serving traditional and nontraditional students
  • Enrollment management, retention, and growth
  • Record of success in generating grant and contract funding


Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.


Application packet must include a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, current curriculum vitae, and at least five references with full contact information including e-mails (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)

Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to

Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application.

For best consideration, submit applications by March 5, 2021. Review of applications begins immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Submit nominations to with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.

Kenny Daugherty, President, and Emily Parker Myers, CEO, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting are assisting the University of West Georgia with this search.

The University of West Georgia is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, and strongly encourages the applications and nominations of women and minorities. University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment. The University of West Georgia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or veteran status, political affiliation, or the presence of a non-job related condition or handicap under Federal or State law.



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