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Dean of the Gies College of Business

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois
Date posted
Jan 16, 2024

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Dean of the Gies College of Business

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Gies College of Business. The University of Illinois is a world-class land-grant university committed to excellence in research, teaching, public engagement, and international programs with a long tradition of shared governance and a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. The university seeks a visionary leader dedicated to enhancing and strengthening the performance, reach, and reputation of Gies Business and to furthering its commitment to democratizing world-class education while continuing to innovate in research, teaching, outreach, and international programs.

The successful candidate will lead a College that puts purpose at the center of business education, intentionally designing innovative programs that empower learners to become purpose-driven leaders. For more than 100 years, the College has developed leading-edge curriculum delivered by world-renowned faculty who put learners first, encouraging them to explore their passions and teaching them how to make an impact.

Gies Business is committed to extending life-changing access to as many learners as possible. Today, the College serves 9,000 degree-seeking learners from around the world, including 4,500 in online master’s programs. Priced at less than $24K, Gies’ innovative online MBA program has reached learners in more than 100 countries and was named 2022 MBA Program of the Year by Poets & Quants. A Top 10 undergraduate business program by U.S. News & World Report, Gies Business serves undergraduates, master’s students, and doctoral candidates – offering highly regarded programs in accountancy, business administration, and finance. The College’s current Dean was named the 2021 Dean of the Year by Poets & Quants for leading the way in spreading access to education.

The next Dean will continue the strong tradition of democratizing education, guided by the five Gies Business Commitments – access, excellence, innovation, inclusion, and engagement – and will share in the Gies Business Beliefs in common humanity, inclusive belonging, purposeful innovation, perpetual learning, and meaningful work.

As the chief academic and executive officer, the Dean will be responsible for the global reputation of Gies Business and its programs. They will assess and expand Gies Business’ portfolio of programs to strengthen its position as an innovative leader among the nation’s best business schools. They will lead the College in developing a compelling, strategic vision while continuing to build upon its distinctive brand and identity. They will continue philanthropic success by proactively engaging in external fundraising. The next Dean will foster interdisciplinary and collaborative partnerships with other schools and colleges across the university. They will be a collegial, transparent, and innovative partner with other deans, the Provost, and the Chancellor. They will oversee the recruitment, retention, and support of a world-class faculty and staff. The Dean must prioritize, embrace, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through communication and pioneering policies, programs, and structures that will achieve results and further a campus culture that values inclusive excellence. They will have primary responsibility for faculty and staff development, budgetary oversight and planning, academic and curricular issues, and facilities.

The ideal candidate will be an outstanding, purpose-driven leader capable of bridging the academic and business communities that a top business school spans. They will have a track record of high achievement as a leader, including a demonstrated commitment to research, teaching, outreach, and equal opportunity; the ability to attract and retain a diverse and excellent faculty, student body, and staff; and the appetite and aptitude to generate resources for the College. The Dean will be committed to ensuring a healthy workplace environment where faculty and staff thrive and will bring experience in mentoring and empowering employees. The strongest candidates will likely hold a PhD, or a terminal degree, and have a strong record of scholarship, research, and teaching commensurate with an appointment at the rank of tenured full professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The search committee welcomes nominations of outstanding leaders with other backgrounds as well.

The position of Dean of Gies College of Business reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a senior administrative position with a seat on the Council of Deans. This full-time, 12-month appointment has a negotiable start date with a salary commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures:

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. The University strongly encourages nominations of, as well as applications from, women and individuals traditionally underrepresented in academia and leadership. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by March 15, 2024. Candidates should provide a CV/resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above along with a minimum of three professional references. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be sent electronically to:

Micah Pierce, Partner (he/him)

John Muckle, Partner (he/him)

Becky Piper, Managing Associate (she/her)

Kristen Andersen, Senior Associate (she/her)

Marlyn Desire, Search Coordinator (she/her)

Isaacson, Miller 


Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois is located in Urbana-Champaign and is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Illinois faculty have earned 23 Nobel Prizes; two faculty and 18 alumni are Pulitzer Prize winners, and our faculty and alumni are well-represented in the memberships of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. The campus is a leader in access for students with disabilities and was the first to provide disabilities access to all campus programs, facilities, and services and the first to offer comprehensive wheelchair sports programming. Additional information about the University may be obtained from its website,

The campus community includes approximately 35,000 undergraduate students; 21,000 graduate and professional students; 3,250 tenure-system and specialized faculty members; 3,900 academic professionals; and 4,300 staff members. The campus is home to 16 colleges and schools that address a variety of disciplines and fields, including: College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; College of Applied Health Sciences; Gies College of Business; College of Education; Grainger College of Engineering; College of Fine and Applied Arts; Graduate College; School of Information Sciences; School of Labor and Employment Relations; College of Law; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of Media; Carle Illinois College of Medicine; School of Social Work; the University Library; and College of Veterinary Medicine. With over 500,000 alumni from around the world, Illinois fully embraces its global presence while remaining committed to its land-grant heritage.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing



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