Dean, School of Business

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 4, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration, Management, Other Business & Management, Administrative, Deans, Executive, Other Executive
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Employees hired into Administrative and Professional positions posted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, if employed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University Human Resources System. For additional information, go to

Position Number FA0100 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? No Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Professor Working Title Dean, School of Business School/Unit School of Business Department School Of Business Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Open Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit
Virginia Commonwealth University ( VCU ) invites nominations, expressions of intent and applications for a leader to serve as dean of the School of Business. A close-knit community within a leading urban, public university, the School of Business enrolls nearly 4,000 students in a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s, certificate and doctoral programs. Since 1937, the school has developed strong connections within the Richmond business community and beyond, with students actively engaged in internships, corporate and research projects and learning from executives. VCU has earned both business and accounting accreditations by AACSB International, placing it in the top five percent of business schools worldwide. AACSB -accredited schools have the highest-quality faculty, deliver relevant and challenging curricula, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools. The School of Business, its programs and faculty have received national recognition from top publications such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, CEO Magazine and Advertising Age. Its possibilities are extraordinary.

Since its founding in 1937, the VCU School of Business has built strong ties with the business community in Richmond, the central Virginia region and beyond. The mission of the School of Business is to be a dynamic hub of business education and research, fueled by creativity and a commitment to preparing students to lead in a complex world. The school drives the future of business through the four EPIC pillars of its strategic plan: experiential learning, problem-solving curricula, impactful research and creative culture. The School of Business aims to embed a unique, creative culture within its faculty, students and alumni by nurturing curiosity, celebrating diversity, sharing ideas openly, learning from each other, practicing teamwork, engaging with the vibrant campus community and city, engaging in state and regional business community groups and being willing to step out of comfort zones to take risks on new ventures. The School of Business has achieved significant recognition. In addition to international accreditation, the master’s programs regularly receive national recognition. The online MBA program was ranked 32nd by Fortune Magazine after only three years. The evening MBA program currently attained a new rank of 52nd by U.S. News & World Report. Also, the Center for Sport Leadership program has been ranked 12th worldwide and ninth in North America in the 2020 Sport Business Postgraduate Course Rankings.

Located in the heart of Richmond, the capital of Virginia since 1779, Virginia Commonwealth University serves an integral role in the economic health of the city and the state, educating the current and future workforce, reaching out to the community, advancing research and enhancing patient care. VCU enrolls more than 29,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Twenty-two of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and five colleges. VCU has a full-time instructional faculty of more than 2,500 who are nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in the arts, business, education, engineering, the humanities, the life sciences, social work and all the health care professions. With more than 23,000 employees, VCU and VCU Health also have a significant impact on Central Virginia’s economy.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
. Position Responsibilities
Reporting to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the dean will provide vision and leadership for academic activities, scholarship, alumni relations, centers and institutes, community engagement and fund development for the school. The dean will enhance the direction of the school by implementing the vision, defining standards of excellence and identifying directions for new growth. They will advance research, education and engagement in the business arena – in Richmond, throughout the Commonwealth, nationally and internationally. As a matter of high priority, the dean will secure financial support from a wide range of sources. Promoting excellence and diversity, the dean will be responsible for student and faculty recruitment, development and retention. They will also manage the school’s resources, academic programs, faculty, staff, students, facilities and budget.

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate for this position has a record of distinguished academic leadership, research and teaching and/or strong leadership experience in corporate and industry. Applicants should have experience in business and management in an academic and/or professional environment including planning, budgeting, team building, problem solving and project management. Candidates should have a proven record of professional accomplishments and effective leadership, and have demonstrated the ability to foster a climate where learning and discovery flourish. The dean will have the ability to balance strong academic and intellectual leadership with effective external relationship-building and resource development, and will be a leader able to articulate the narrative of the school’s diverse accomplishments and aspirations with a sense of common purpose and pride.
Preferred Qualifications
This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual with the drive, skill and experience to bring creative leadership to a distinguished organization and to play a critical role in shaping its future. In addition to academic and/or industry experience, preferred qualifications include a record of distinguished public service; substantial administrative experience; demonstrated leadership and results in fostering equity, diversity and inclusion within organizations and communities; proven success in external fund development; a strong commitment to shared governance; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in the school.

Date Posted 07/27/2021 Open Until Filled Yes Application Deadline Date Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2022 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU eJobs portal located at the link below:

Additionally, confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher. Submission of application materials (A cover letter that includes a discussion of your contributions and commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; a CV; and a List of Five References) as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. For priority consideration, please submit your application by September 7, 2021.

Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:

Betty Turner Asher, Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates
Vice President and Managing Partner, Kelly
Julie Holley, Senior Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272

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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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