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Dean, Eberhardt School of Business

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 11, 2021

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Dean, Eberhardt School of Business

Under the leadership of President Christopher Callahan, appointed July 1, 2020, Pacific has the ambitious goal of becoming the best student-centered comprehensive university in the nation within a decade. His focus includes the personalized learning that is a hallmark of Pacific, expanded real-life learning opportunities coupled with service to communities, accelerating the pace of innovation and becoming a model for diversity, equity and inclusion. To accelerate the university’s upward trajectory, Pacific recently appointed several new leaders in the areas of Enrollment Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Student Life; Development and Alumni Relations; and a new Dean for the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Now Pacific seeks its next leader, a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial Dean for the Eberhardt School of Business (ESB). Pacific’s School of Business is poised for a bright future. President Callahan, Provost Maria Pallavicini and the ESB community invite inquiries from and recommendations of candidates who are eager to imagine, craft and implement programs that shape the role of business in the most diverse region in America, ninety minutes from Silicon Valley.

The Eberhardt School of Business

The Eberhardt School of Business, founded as the School of Business and Public Administration in 1977, is an AACSBaccredited school at the University of the Pacific. The ESB cultivates the leadership skills and innovative spirit of its students while providing training in state-of-theart business applications. As a small business school with a global orientation, the ESB offers highly interactive classes that encourage close working relationships between students and faculty.

The ESB ranks as one of the nation’s best for undergraduate business degrees offered in a small university setting, according to a national survey. Poets and Quants, which covers and analyzes business education at U.S. universities, ranks the ESB No. 1 in the West – and No. 10 nationally – among business schools based at universities with 7,000 or fewer students. Among all universities participating in the survey, Pacific’s Eberhardt School ranked No. 70 nationally.

The school’s dynamic undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Management and Human Resources, Marketing Management and Sport Management are flexible and highly personalized, allowing students to tailor their educational experience and build a foundation for their careers. The master's programs in Accounting, Business Analytics and Finance offer intellectually challenging coursework that go beyond the traditional business school curriculum to emphasize the skills employers value most such as communication, professional ethics and applied research.

One of the distinguished programs of the ESB is its Student Investment Fund. Established in 2007 with a generous $1 million gift from the Bank of Stockton and the Eberhardt Family, the Student Investment Fund provides undergraduate and graduate students with a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience in the U.S. stock market. The fund is now the 3rd largest on the West Coast and the only one that requires a distribution each year, which supports student programs on campus. In fact, only 200 out of the 9,000 business schools worldwide operate this type of fund. 

In Fall 2021, the ESB enrolled 472 students guided by 25 faculty (22 tenure-track, 3 non-tenure-track), and 12 staff. For more information about the Eberhardt School of Business, please visit

The University

Serving more than 6,300 students (3,700 undergraduates and over 2,600 graduate and professional students), Pacific is committed to providing a superior, personalized educational experience that integrates the liberal arts with professional learning and prepares students for a meaningful life and a successful career. The first chartered university in California, Pacific was founded in 1851 and is ranked 133rd among national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Pacific ranks 39th of top performers in social mobility, 3rd in alumni salaries among similarly sized universities in California, and 13th in alumni salaries among California universities. Pacific is set apart from other universities by its highly personalized attention to each student in small and one-on-one learning environments of the kind found in renowned liberal arts colleges, combined with providing the wide variety of academic, professional and extracurricular choices of a major university.

The University’s iconic main campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most picturesque college campuses, is in Stockton, California; a Sacramento campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, a new School of Health Sciences, and an expanding set of graduate programs that serve the regional economy; and a campus in downtown San Francisco houses the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and additional health and technology graduate programs. Pacific is recognized nationally and internationally for its academic programs in health-related fields, particularly dentistry and pharmacy, and provides exceptional liberal arts learning as well as engineering, business, music, and education paths for its undergraduates. Pacific's 9 schools and colleges on its three campuses offer students their choice of 80-plus majors, including 21 graduate programs and 12 accelerated program options. Pacific is well-known for its small class sizes, averaging 23 and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, dedicated faculty, and numerous opportunities for real-world learning, including opportunities to study overseas.  

Pacific is in the midst of historic fundraising success. The university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Leading with Purpose” – The Campaign for University of the Pacific, which started in 2013 and publicly launched in October 2017 has already raised more than $268 million. In the past decade, Pacific’s endowment has grown by $300 million and nearly tripled in size in the last five years. Since the campaign began, the amount of endowed donor-funded scholarship distributions has more than tripled from $3.5 million to nearly $11 million in 2019. 

Pacific’s main campus, which houses the majority of academic programs for undergraduates, is ideally situated in the heart of northern California, 45 minutes from the state capital of Sacramento, 90 minutes from San Francisco and the Napa Valley region and two hours from Lake Tahoe.  

For more information about the University of the Pacific, please visit

Position Summary

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the ESB to whom Pacific delegates significant responsibility, autonomy, and accountability for the school’s future. The Dean is responsible for the academic leadership of the school, engagement with its communities, and overseeing enrollment management resources, faculty and staff, facilities, and ESB’s financial success. The Dean also has responsibility for guiding an administrative team of 12 in support of the school, alumni, donors, and community and industry partnerships. The Dean leads ESB’s initiatives to solidify and implement the vision, mission, and goals for the school, particularly around growing enrollment and enhancing student success.

The ESB Dean will uphold and strengthen the intellectual engagement and accomplishment for which ESB is known, steward innovation, provide strategic vision and operational leadership, promote synergies within the school, university, and with industry.


The successful candidate must be regarded as a distinguished or emerging leader in professional business fields and within academe and must articulate a dynamic vision for the future of the school. The candidate must demonstrate a passion for the future of the business education at Pacific and an energy for building upon Northern California’s peerless international opportunities.

The successful candidate must also value collaboration, transparency and entrepreneurship, and embrace Pacific’s mission to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education. The candidate’s commitment to inclusion as strength is clarion, and they must be dedicated to preparing individuals for achievement and leadership in their careers and as citizens. The successful candidate will also possess: 

  • A PhD or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with appointment as full professor in one of the departments in the school;
  • A record of successful administrative and/or leadership experience at a college or university;
  • A history of providing students with a high-quality educational experience and a clear record of accomplishment in student success;
  • Achievement in or an ability to develop new revenue streams including philanthropic investments;
  • Experience as a seasoned, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity and the ability to inspire and lead faculty with diverse interests;
  • A record of success in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty; a champion of faculty eager to excel in teaching, research and creative activities;
  • A data-driven leadership style that employs the appropriate facts to inform decision making;
  • Well-developed fiscal management experience, both in establishing and implementing budgets along with a record in balancing resources with responsibilities within and across the institution.

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, and contact information for the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Will Gates, Partner


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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or other legally protected characteristics.

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