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Dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer at Carle Health

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Carle Health
Illinois, United States
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Aug 9, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents, Deans
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University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Carle Health

Dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and

Chief Academic Officer at Carle Health


The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Carle Health invite applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. The Dean is also the Chief Academic Officer of Carle Health.

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine (Carle Illinois), founded in 2015, is the world’s first engineering-based medical school. The vision for Carle Illinois is to be a global leader in medical education, research, and clinical care innovation, improving the health and well-being of patients and communities around the world. Carle Illinois educates physician innovators to deliver high-value, compassionate health care through transformative solutions developed at the intersection of engineering, science, and medicine.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (Illinois) and Urbana-based Carle Health embarked on a truly unique and exciting endeavor to create the world’s first engineering-driven college of medicine. The formation of this college is a pivotal event in the university’s history and will have profound impact on the campus, the local and regional community, the state of Illinois, and the nation at large. The next dean will join a college that has achieved tremendous milestones in its early years, having established a pioneering curriculum, attracted top-notch highly diverse inaugural classes of students, and received provisional Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) accreditation. The dean will have the unprecedented opportunity to drive a revolution in medical education by innovating healthcare training at the intersection of biology, clinical sciences, and engineering. The physician innovators, physician inventors, and physician scientists, who will be the graduates of Carle Illinois, will advance patient care, as well as develop and deploy new technologies to deliver higher quality health care to more people at a lower cost. 

Reporting jointly to the Provost at Illinois and the Chief Medical Officer at Carle Health, the dean is the senior academic and administrative officer for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, providing leadership and direction for its programs. The dean will be responsible for overseeing all administrative and operational components of the college; leading the LCME accreditation process; fundraising with targets to endow the future of the College; ensuring a diverse and inclusive community, and recruiting faculty, students and administrative staff.  The dean is also the Chief Academic Officer at Carle Health, facilitating the development and integration of Carle Health’s clinical education, research, and innovation programs with Carle Illinois College of Medicine initiatives. The successful candidate will continue to build a college of medicine that promotes the highest quality and standards for educational, clinical, research, and innovation programs.  The dean will also work with campus advancement staff and other leadership to continue the capital campaign pivotal to the excellence and the success of the college.

Carle Illinois was founded at the intersection of clinical sciences with biological sciences and engineering/technology. The dean must be passionate about the potential of this new paradigm in medical education, training, and research in ways that inspire Carle Illinois leaders, faculty, and instructors to leverage advanced technology to train physician-innovators who will deliver better, more compassionate and accessible care to patients worldwide. The dean is expected to be a strategic leader who is fully capable of managing a substantial, complex, evolving organization. The dean will also lead the college in democratizing health innovation by ensuring diverse (e.g., race, ethnicity, ability status, immigration status, etc.) community engagement from rural, urban and micro-urban areas.

Carle Illinois is now home to nearly 160 students and more than 600 affiliated clinical and academic faculty. The College is structured into two departments: Clinical Sciences and Biomedical and Translational Sciences.  It draws its faculty from across the University’s 15 colleges and schools, as well as Carle Health. The inaugural class of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, which graduates in 2022, was comprised of an even split of women and men, as well as 19% of the class from populations that are underrepresented in medicine.  These physician innovators will revolutionize the way health care is delivered, leveraging technology and data to improve patient care and outcomes.

The dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine will have an M.D., Board Certification in the candidate’s specialty/discipline, experience in clinical practice, significant service and leadership experience at a world-class academic medical center, healthcare institution, or major corporation that relies on their medical background, and a passion for and experience with establishing, growing, and managing new programs inside large existing organizations. They will be an inspirational advocate of healthcare transformation through technology innovation, with proven ability to lead a successful fundraising campaign inspired by the college's mission and aspirational goals. A dynamic leader, a strategic and entrepreneurial thinker, and an exceptional communicator, the dean will be a bridge builder and collaborator who can forge strong partnerships. With a strong record of scholarship, research, and teaching, the dean would be expected to be tenure-eligible at Illinois.

This is a full-time, 12-month appointment with a negotiable start date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information about the position, please visit:

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. The university strongly encourages nominations of, as well as applications from, women and individuals traditionally underrepresented in academic medical centers. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications, including a cover letter describing their vision statement, a one-page diversity statement, and a curriculum vitae should be received by September 7, 2021. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be sent electronically to:

Natalie Leonhard, Partner

John Muckle, Partner

Becky Piper, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

 University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.  As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility



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