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Dean, Richard T. Doermer School of Business

Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Date posted
Oct 6, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Purdue University Fort Wayne, one of seven institutions and entities comprising the Purdue University public system in Indiana, seeks a creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as its next Dean of the Richard T. Doermer School of Business. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean will lead the Doermer School of Business to become a transformative, premier choice for students, faculty, and staff, providing a world-class education through excellence in teaching and learning, research and innovation, engagement, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. The School, which includes four departments (Accounting, Economics and Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Management and Marketing), has undergraduate enrollment of approximately 900 students and an MBA enrollment of approximately 100 students.

Position Summary

The primary duties of the Dean are to provide academic leadership, oversight of the School’s departments, budget and staff management, and community development, and continuous improvement so as to maintain the AACSB accreditation. The Dean will also be expected to engage the external community, fundraise for support and development of the School and its faculty, and cooperate with other University entities and constituents to ensure the School’s continued excellence in business education. Success in the role will require an individual who can inspire and unify the community around shared priorities, continue to attract, retain, and cultivate talented faculty and diverse students, and empower a dedicated staff. The Dean will also be expected to fundraise for and complete the renovation of the new building housing the Doermer School of Business in partnership with our Office of Development. This project is already underway and a critical step in a targeted effort to educate the next generation of students.

The incoming Dean must come from an AACSB accredited institution, be committed to maintaining and developing AACSB accreditation, have an extensive research history with publications in peer-reviewed journals (ABDC, etc.), serve as an exceptional communicator skilled at building relationships with internal and external partners, represent the college compellingly to stakeholders and donors, and demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate evidence of:

  • Exemplary academic qualifications (as defined by AACSB-International) in one of the disciplines of the School, including an earned doctorate and a record of outstanding academic achievement necessary for appointment as a tenured full professor at Purdue Fort Wayne; Significant experience with AACSB-International accreditation; Successful academic leadership experience at the department chair level or above, including curricular design, strategic planning, and mobilization of others around a common vision; Effective interpersonal skills that shape their interactions with the School’s internal and external stakeholders; and Strong commitment to student success, faculty excellence in teaching and research, institutional diversity, and community outreach.

Candidates with experience or familiarity with a regional, public university campus and success with major fundraising initiatives are especially welcome.

The University

Purdue University Fort Wayne is the largest university in northeast Indiana, offering 25 graduate and over 100 prestigious Purdue University undergraduate degrees and certificates. More than 10,000 students of diverse ages, races and nationalities belong to the Purdue Fort Wayne family. Purdue Fort Wayne is home to over 7,000 degree‐seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Our beautiful 594-acre campus encompasses 40 buildings and structures. The university’s commitment to service makes it an economic, cultural, and societal leader in the region. See

Purdue Fort Wayne’s mission is to provide local access to globally recognized baccalaureate and graduate degrees, as well as continuing education programs that will drive the intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement of our students and our region. We offer a transformative learning environment characterized by intense mentoring, excellence in faculty scholarship and knowledge creation, integration of life and work experiences, and community engagement, all of which prepares our graduates to improve the quality of life in their communities as well as compete locally, regionally, and globally. The university’s commitment to access and to excellence was reaffirmed in Empowering Transformation: Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

Our campus is located within Indiana’s second-largest city, Fort Wayne, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 475,000. The city enjoys a diverse, active, and well-supported arts community, is home to several minor league sports teams, and has miles of pathways and trails that highlight the city and the three rivers that flow through it. Fort Wayne has been named an "All-American City" four times and is consistently cited for the high quality of life, low cost of living, and warm hospitality. Fort Wayne has been named one of the best places to raise children; US News & World Report ranked it a Top 50 Best Places to Live in 2022-2023.

Application Process

Applications will be held in confidence up to the point of invitations to on-campus interview. Applications should include a letter outlining the applicant’s background, qualifications and vision for the position, curriculum vitae/resume, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date for the position is January 1, 2024. Compensation is commensurate with the resources of a public, regional, metropolitan university.

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Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity. Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect. Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.



Purdue Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne is located in Indiana’s second-largest city and offers a traditional campus experience within a thriving metropolitan setting. As part of the venerable Purdue University system, students earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from one of the most trusted and prestigious brands in higher education. 

With more than 8,000 students and over 300 full-time faculty members, Purdue Fort Wayne is perfectly sized to offer small classes and individualized attention, yet large enough to have all the attributes of a major research university. Students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty to tackle real-world challenges through groundbreaking research, to create exciting new scholarship, and to explore new facets of creative expression.

For more than 50 years, Purdue Fort Wayne has drawn Mastodons from near and far. Our students value the prestigious Purdue name and degree, and they experience the affordability and vibrance of Indiana’s second-largest city, Fort Wayne. We offer a traditional campus experience with perfectly sized classes that allow for individualized attention to help our students thrive. Students also have the opportunity to work alongside faculty to tackle real-world challenges through groundbreaking research and to explore new facets of creative expression.

Purdue Fort Wayne is the only university in the country with a mastodon as a mascot. It’s a distinction that we are proud of, and it represents our unique story.

Mastodons roamed the southern Great Lakes region of North America more than 10,000 years ago. But it was in 1968—four years after the university was founded—that Jack Sunderman, chair of the Department of Geology, identified a leg bone of a mastodon found just south of Angola, Indiana. Sunderman and his team of faculty and students subsequently unearthed the entire mastodon skeleton—along with the skull of a baby mastodon.

Later that year, Steve Pettyjohn, who served as the student body president in
1968–69, wrote a letter to the Communicator, the university newspaper, extolling the virtues of choosing the mastodon as the mascot: “It sounds different, strange. That’s exactly why [we should choose it]. I’m tired of slavishly copying what Bloomington, West Lafayette, and other big schools do. Let’s have the courage to be a little different.”

The following year, a student government committee selected the Mastodon as the university mascot. Don lives on as a fierce representative of Purdue Fort Wayne!

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