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Dean, Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business

Southern Utah University
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 27, 2024

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Administrative, Deans
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Full Time

Dean, Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business

Date of first consideration: 03/20/2024

Southern Utah University is conducting a national search for the Dean of The Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business. The ideal candidate for the Dean of The School of Business at Southern Utah University should bring a passion for promoting education regarding all facets of the business world. Desired competencies include successful leadership experience in managing an academic department, college, or school with strength in budgeting and finance, curriculum review and implementation, fundraising, supporting faculty engagement, experience with AACSB accreditation, and the ability to build strong and productive relationships both internally and externally. The Dean will be responsible for managing both the opportunities and challenges that come with a rapidly growing business school.

As noted in its mission statement, Southern Utah University is a dynamic teaching and learning community that engages students in experiential education leading to personal growth, civic responsibility, and professional excellence. As such, highly engaged faculty teach and mentor students. Faculty bring significant educational and experiential backgrounds to the classroom, are engaged in professional organizations, and are active scholars in their respective fields.

A review of applications will begin on 03/20/2024, and continue until the position is filled.

The University:

Southern Utah University (SUU) is located in Cedar City, Utah, and is a public four-year master's granting teaching institution. Over 15,000 students pursue an undergraduate or graduate education at SUU. Cedar City has over 37,000 residents and is located in the heart of spectacular beauty, surrounded by national parks, monuments, forests, and wilderness areas that draw millions of visitors annually from around the world. Residents of the area enjoy an abundance of sunshine, clean air, and year-round outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping, golfing, skiing, snowboarding, etc. Cedar City is steeped in a rich history and active participation in the arts including the Tony award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Southern Utah Museum of Art on the SUU campus.

The School of Business:

The Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business at SUU faculty and staff are dedicated to the organization's mission of lifelong student success. Through student-centered education, the Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business provides the knowledge and direction that forms a foundation for lifelong student success.

The School includes the Department of Accounting and Finance; the Department of Economics; the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sales, & Analytics; the Department of Management and Hotel, Resort, & Hospitality Management; and the Department of Military Science. In addition, the School supports vibrant master's degree programs in collaboration with the other academic departments. The School of Business hosts undergraduate programs in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management, marketing, and military science. In addition, The School offers the Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degrees at the graduate level. These graduate programs are bolstered by graduate certificates in a number of additional areas. More than 50 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 1100 undergraduates and 900 graduate students in the School in 2023. Over the last five years, the Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business has experienced a 182% increase in first-generation students, 102% overall enrollment growth, and 862% enrollment growth in the MBA program. The Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business is AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited, and this accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2020.

The Position:

The Dean of the School of Business at Southern Utah University is responsible for all programs related to the School, including academic, scholarly/creative, student activities, and credit-bearing continuing education curricula.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Develop, administer, and promote the academic programs and academic support functions of the School.
  2. Develop recommendations for the nomination, retention, promotion, tenure, and compensation of faculty, Department Chairs, and staff members in departments and units assigned to the School (the Provost may delegate to the Dean authority to offer employment or initiate a dismissal within the School).
  3. Coordinate and promote academic proposals, changes, reviews, and other academic matters with the other Deans of the University, and other institutions and groups.
  4. Coordinate the departments and programs within the School.
  5. Develop and coordinate educational policies, planning functions and physical facilities planning and utilization of the School.
  6. Provide leadership and conduct strategic planning.
  7. Develop external relationships for the purposes of enhancing student placement opportunities, providing meaningful community outreach opportunities for students and faculty, and cultivating additional fund-raising opportunities for the University.
  8. Manage and monitor School budgets and allocations and have oversight of department/unit budgets.
  9. Ensures that the School of Business complies with AACSB accreditation standards.

Education and Experience Requirements:
  1. Earned doctorate, terminal degree, or graduate degree in an academic field appropriate to the School's mission.
  2. Administrative experience at the level of Department Chair or higher is preferred.
  3. Demonstrated leadership ability and communication skills.
  4. Demonstrated organizational, management, and fiscal skills.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people.
  6. Honesty, integrity, reliability, courtesy and respect for others, consistency and related positive character traits.
  7. Commitment to the academic and educational goals included in the School's and University's philosophy, planning, and mission statements.
  8. Demonstrated success in teaching and scholarly efforts at the college or university level.
  9. Familiarity with the complexities of AACSB accreditation.

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. Leadership philosophy
  4. Unofficial transcripts
  5. Contact information for 3 professional references

Southern Utah University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex (including sex discrimination and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ancestry, disability status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, military status, veteran status, or other bases protected by applicable law in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services. For more information or contact information, please visit

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