Missouri University of Science and
Vice Provost and Founding Dean of
the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic
A new kind of leader for a new
kind of College
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri
S&T), one of the nation’s top technological research
universities, invites nominations and applications for the position
of Vice Provost and Founding Dean of the Kummer College of
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development.
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T)
is seeking a bold and visionary leader of the Kummer College of
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development. A spirit of
innovation and entrepreneurship, and the land-grant mission of
economic development and outreach are Missouri S&T’s DNA, and
the dean is therefore expected not only to lead the new college but
also to collaborate with other members of the senior leadership
team in all matters of academic strategy and shared operations.
This is an exciting time in Missouri S&T’s history, with
fresh leadership, a focused vision, and the transformational
opportunities afforded by several significant philanthropic gifts.
The dean will join the university’s leadership team of Chancellor
Mo Dehgani, Provost Colin Potts, Vice Chancellor for Research Kamal
Khayat, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Alysha O’Neil,
and the new deans of Missouri S&T’s other two colleges: the
College of Engineering and Computing, and the College of Arts,
Sciences, and Education. All are working toward four “north star”
goals: to increase enrollment significantly, especially in graduate
education; promote student success, thriving, and retention;
broaden the research base, and achieve Carnegie R1 status; and
elevate Missouri S&T’s national and international stature and
reputation. Several significant endowed positions are being filled
in all three colleges, enabled among other gifts by a
transformational donation of $300 million by Fred and June
Missouri University of Science and Technology is one of the
nation’s top technological research universities and one of four
distinct universities of the University of Missouri System.
The University offers quality educational opportunities, with
101 different degree programs in 40 areas of study in engineering,
science, computing and technology, business, social sciences,
humanities, and education. Together, the colleges are home to
almost 400 full-time faculty, in addition to part-time faculty.
Missouri S&T has total student enrollment of 7,271 for Fall
2021 with graduate student enrollment of approximately 1,545.
Missouri S&T is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a
doctoral university with high research activity, and at the close
of FY2021, research expenditures at S&T were $53,315,090.
Approximately two-thirds of funding comes from federal sources and
the remaining one-third of funding comes from
The Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic
Development is a new kind of academic school for the mid-21st
century. The Kummer College will be established in the summer of
2022, consisting of the Departments of Business and Information
Technology, Economics, and Engineering Management and Systems
Engineering, providing those departments’ existing degree programs
at BS, MS/MBA, and PhD levels with new interdisciplinary programs
follow. In addition to its permanent faculty, faculty members
from the other colleges will be eligible for affiliate faculty
status, particularly at the intersection of STEM applications,
arts, and innovation. Robust graduate certiﬁcates such as
Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation; AI, Machine
Learning, and Automation in Business; Financial Technology; and
Management and Leadership will prepare students for leadership
roles in fast- changing tech industries. Innovative new degrees and
emphasis areas will be developed in alignment with the vision of
the donors, the founding dean, and the
faculty of the Kummer College.
The Kummer College will not just be a locus for teaching,
researching, and fostering innovation; it will be innovative to its
core. The college will be the home of educational innovations in
areas such as stackable credentials; modular, self-paced learning;
continual online and distance learning; the integration of
traditional curricula and co-curricular experience, etc. The
college will also serve as a higher-education innovation incubator
for Missouri S&T as a whole.
Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Vice
Provost and Founding Dean of the Kummer College will develop an
inspirational vision, key strategies, and ambitious goals that will
establish the College as a global leader in transformational
education and research. The Dean will create an environment of
innovation at the nexus of technology and business that yields
real-world applications and solutions to drive economic
at regional, statewide, national, and global scales.
The Dean will facilitate effective and productive collaborations
across disciplines that engage key industry, government, and
academic partners. The Dean will work with the university community
and external partners to link fundamental and applied research that
builds on systems thinking and prototyping.
The Dean will be committed to organizational excellence through
respectful and inclusive communication and processes; prioritizing
the academic, professional, and personal development of students,
staff, and faculty; conﬂict resolution through creativity,
cooperation, and teamwork; responsible management of the College’s
ﬁnances, personnel, and physical assets; and engagement of faculty
and University Advancement to grow and diversify revenue streams
into the College.
- An earned doctoral degree from an accredited university.
- Academic and scholarly credentials in a subject area and at a
level appropriate for appointment as tenured full professor within
one of the departments of the college.
- A record of outstanding administrative and leadership success
in academic, corporate, or research organizations.
Application materials should include
a letter of interest addressing how the candidate’s experience
matches the position description, a current curriculum vitae, and a
statement explaining how their previous and potential
contributions enhance a culture of diversity and inclusion through
administration, teaching, research, creative activity and/or
To receive the full position
profile, as well as to submit applications and nominations, please
contact the University’s executive recruitment consultants:
Martin M. Baker, Managing
Chelsie Whitelock, Principal