Brenau University seeks a creative, energetic,
experienced, and forward-thinking leader to serve as Dean
of the College of Business & Communication. The Dean
is the unifying and coordinating force for this prestigious,
programmatically entrepreneurial, and culturally diverse College.
The Dean is expected to support and advocate for highly qualified
faculty and academic staff within the College of Business &
Communication. The Dean reports to the Provost of the
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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
University is a non-sectarian, private, not-
for-profit institution. Founded as the Georgia Baptist Female
Seminary by Dr. W. C. Wilkes, it was named Brenau College in 1900.
Located in Gainesville, Brenau has provided excellence in
single-gender education since 1878. It initiated coeducational
studies in 1972 and became a university in 1992. In 1998, Brenau
became one of the pioneering universities to provide distance
education (online) options.
Today, the University consists of The Women’s College of Brenau
University, the Undergraduate School of Brenau University
(coeducational), and the Sidney O. Smith Jr. Graduate School. For
the past 143 years, Brenau has been governed by presidents who have
been committed to continuing the rich tradition of providing a
rigorous, high-quality education. The University is strong,
prestigious, and expanding, both quantitatively and
Brenau is seeking a leader to further enhance its progress and
stature. From its 55-acre historic Gainesville campus to the North
Atlanta instructional location, as well as its global reach with
many online programs, Brenau annually enrolls more than 3,500
students. Brenau students come from 39 U.S. states and 15 foreign
countries. The student body is 87 percent female, 13 percent male,
48 percent Caucasian, 31 percent African American, nine percent
Hispanic, three percent Asian, and nine percent from other
demographics. More than 85 percent of the University’s students
receive financial aid from some source, private or public.
THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
The newly named Swinton A. Griffith III Deanship of the College
of Business & Communication at Brenau University is made
possible through a generous gift of the Melvin Douglas and Victoria
Kay Ivester Foundation. The naming honors the long friendship with
both Doug and Kay and is in recognition of Swinton’s work as a
founding board member of the Ivester Foundation.
For more than 50 years, the College of Business &
Communication has been educating traditional aged college students.
Over time, on-ground evening classes evolved online as adult
students experienced the flexibility of the online environment. The
faculty are very comfortable teaching in the online environment, as
this College has been offering this modality for 20 years. The
classes are small and students value the interaction with their
Housed within the College of Business & Communication is the
School of Business, which offers many programs that are accredited
by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
Students have the option to major or specialize in almost any area
of business, from marketing to human resource management to
healthcare management or accounting.
The Master of Accounting (MAcc) and Master of Arts (MA) in
Communication and Media Studies, plus the Master of Business
Administration (MBA) programs and Master of Science in
Organizational Leadership (MSOL) programs, offer 13 concentrations,
allowing students to graduate with a general MBA or further their
education through one of the specific tracks. Now in its second
year, the Executive Women’s MBA (EWMBA) is the only program of its
Undergraduate degree programs include the Bachelor of Business
Administration (BBA); the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and
Media Studies, Mass Communication, or Organizational Leadership;
and the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.
The College of Business & Communication utilizes continuous
quality improvement methods that help consistently ensure that a
Brenau education is current, relevant, and always of top
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has
acknowledged that Brenau University’s BBA and MBA degrees in Human
Resource Management fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook
and Templates. Throughout the world, only 437 programs at 325
educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM with this
Also within the College is the Communication Department,
offering students programming that will prepare them for a variety
of careers. These students also have the opportunity to have a
hands-on role in the Brenau University radio station, 89.1 WBCX,
and explore their skills in broadcast news or videography in the
The Dean of the College of Business & Communication will
advance the mission of the University as an institution of higher
learning, renowned for its uniquely personal approach and
distinguished for its teaching, while appreciating the traditions
and values of Brenau University.
The Dean is the unifying and coordinating force of the College,
is ultimately responsible for all of its activities, and will be
expected to continue its successful momentum, growth, and
- Defines an innovative strategic vision aligned with the
University’s long-term goals.
- Assesses, evaluates, and directs College operations and
practices to increase efficiency, sustain shared resources, and
thrive in the competitive higher education landscape.
- Supports and advances Brenau University’s collaborative
international education initiatives, retention efforts, and
- Builds on, promotes cohesion within, annually assesses and
develops the skills of existing leadership and faculty
- Seeks grant and other external funding opportunities.
- Develops strong relationships with all University stakeholders
and connects the University to community members, industry
contacts, and other business leaders, pursing mutually beneficial
- Ensures continuous improvement across programs, drawing from
experience with assessment and outcome measures, program reviews,
student- centeredness, and retention best practices.
- Exemplifies with integrity, energy, and enthusiasm the values
of Brenau University.
- Continues Brenau’s distinction as a university in which ethics,
service, and the promotion of justice are key elements of the
- Communicates effectively through a variety of modalities to
many disparate audiences.
- Understands the lifelong value of a liberal arts education,
Brenau’s institutional commitment to international learning
experiences, and the nature of continuous change in higher
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Pulls from successful prior experience, working collaboratively
to develop, launch, manage, and ensure the viability and growth of
traditional on-ground and online programs at the graduate
and undergraduate levels for adult and traditional- aged student
- Is a transparent and decisive but considerate administrator who
empowers others through servant leadership while communicating
- Has an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal
degree/credentials from an institutionally accredited university,
with teaching, research, and service commensurate with an
appointment to the rank of full professor.
- Maintains current knowledge of accreditation guidelines and
industry standards, especially concerning SACSCOC, ACBSP/AACSB, and
- Possesses a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
and demonstrates action and accountability in advancing strategies
to support diverse populations within the College.
- Has a history of executive leadership or equivalent in relevant
- Builds and maintains international partnerships and supports
collaborative international learning among institutions.
- Supports faculty and staff development and is responsive to
student comments, conversations, and concerns.
- Recognizes the value of experiential learning and community
relationships and has knowledge of and experience with business
- Demonstrates strong intellectual, interpersonal, and ethical
qualities that inspire individual respect among internal and
- Illustrates an ability to collaborate productively, maintain
confidentiality of conversations, and support peers (i.e., members
of Provost’s Council and other senior leadership / administrative
- Has a familiarity with the various graduate programs in the
College: the MAcc, MBA, MS Organizational Leadership, MA
Communication and Media Studies, and the BBA.
- Sets and maintains high expectations for quality teaching and
learning, including careful instructional design for online and
- Interacts proactively with Online Program Management partners,
ensuring a positive and productive relationship.
Nestled between the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier and at the
foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville is the tourism
and economic center of Northeast Georgia. The city sits
halfway—about an hour each direction—between the Appalachian
Mountains and the city of Atlanta. Gainesville’s historic downtown
square, has more than 50 shops and eateries.
Home to more than 35,000 people, Gainesville has single-family
housing that is moderately priced and readily available.
Host of several 1996 Olympic Games events, the city and its Lake
Lanier Olympic Park remain a popular destination for rowing and
Gainesville-Hall County has a strong business presence with more
than 50 international companies representing 16 countries. The city
was ranked one of the 2020 Best Cities in the U.S. for Small
Businesses by ChamberofCommerce.org, and the 2020 Milken Institute
Report named the Gainesville-Hall County Metro Area as the “Top
Small Metro Area in Georgia” and in the Top 10 in the Nation for
“Best Performing Small Metros.”
APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are
Application packet must include: a) A letter of application that
addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position,
b) Current curriculum vitae, and c) At least four references with
full contact information including e-mails (References will not be
contacted without consent from applicant.)
Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to:
Additional information will be requested upon receipt of
Review of applications begins immediately. For best
consideration, submit applications by November 8,
2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is
Submit nominations to: Brenauemail@example.com
with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual
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students, employees, and job applicants. We do not discriminate on
the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy
and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin,
disability, genetic information, military service, or any other
characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law or
ordinance. These protections extend to all conditions and
privileges of employment, including, without limitation, to
recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, transfers, promotions,
discipline, and termination.