Founding Director of Nursing and Vice Dean
School of Science, Engineering and
Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to
assist St. Mary’s University in its search for a Founding Director
for a BS in Nursing Program and Vice Dean of the School of Science,
Engineering, and Technology.
For best consideration, please apply by September
St. Mary’s University, a Catholic and Marianist Hispanic Serving
Institution, is seeking a Founding Director of Nursing who will
also assume the role of Vice Dean of the School of Science,
Engineering and Technology to launch a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing degree. The Founding Director will lead the
development, approval, implementation, assessment, and
accreditation of this exciting new program and direction for the
University. The ideal candidate is experienced, innovative, and
motivated to build and shepherd this new program through to
implementation while collaborating with St. Mary’s many academic
The successful candidate brings a strong knowledge of
administrative nursing leadership, is prepared to serve as the
campus subject matter expert, and is equipped with outstanding
communication, interpersonal, and collaborative leadership
skills. The Founding Director will build strong relationships
across the St. Mary’s University community, at peer institutions,
and with the broader San Antonio and South-Central Texas
This is a tremendous opportunity to build a new program focused
on nursing excellence within the Catholic and Marianist mission of
St. Mary’s University and to lead the development of a culture that
fosters the development of ethical and service-minded nursing
leaders of tomorrow through experiential learning in a
student-centered environment that is committed to
This 12-month senior leadership position reports to the Dean of
the School of Science, Engineering and Technology. While the
successful candidate will participate in the governance of the
School, s/he will be expected to focus on the Nursing
- Mission: The first and fundamental duty and responsibility of
the Founding Director is to support the mission of the University
in the context of a Catholic, Marianist, and liberal arts
institution of higher education.
- Program Development and Approval: Develop the BSN program in
accordance with state and national regulations, needs, and future
trends; AACN core competencies; and CCNE accreditation
standards. Lead the effort to secure Texas Board of Nursing
and SACSCOC approval to offer the program.
- Faculty and Staff: Recruit, hire, mentor, and retain highly
qualified, full-time, part-time, adjunct, and clinical faculty
members and technical/administrative staff members. Create an
environment where faculty and staff members from a variety of
different cultural backgrounds with varied personal and
professional experiences, can thrive and enrich the
workplace. Collaborate with the SET Dean to create and
maintain an environment conducive to teaching and learning,
professional development, scholarship, and service. Lead assessment
of faculty and staff performance.
- Facilities: The Nursing program will occupy approximately 9,000
sq. ft. of dedicated space in the new Innovation Center that will
be ready for occupancy in 2024. Provide oversight over
completing the nursing facilities and acquiring the equipment
needed to offer a well-supported program.
- Student recruitment, retention, and success: Collaborate with
Enrollment Management and Marketing and Communications to recruit
qualified and diverse cohorts of students to the nursing
program. Develop and implement strategies to support and
assure student success, retention, persistence to graduation, and
NCLEX licensure exam success.
- Clinical partners: Serve as the primary external face and
ambassador of the program. Develop strong relationships and
affiliation agreements with hospitals and other clinical providers
to offer a range of excellent clinical opportunities for the
program. Develop processes and provide oversight to ensure
that students meet appropriate clinical agency
- Program delivery and assessment: Develop and implement sound
principles and methods for curriculum design, delivery, and
experiential instruction. In cooperation with the Office of
the Dean and the Office of the Provost, conduct ongoing robust and
appropriate evaluation of the program to assure a high level of
quality and reporting required by accreditation, governmental and
- Accreditation: Plan for and lead the efforts needed to secure
CCNE accreditation. Create and submit reports and
documentation to appropriate regulatory agencies, accrediting
bodies, and the Texas Board of Nursing.
- Fundraising: Participate in efforts to secure
government/foundation grants and in other fundraising activities in
collaboration with the Office of Sponsored Projects, Academic
Research, & Compliance and the Office of University
- Administration: Develop budgetary needs and manage the nursing
program budget in a fiscally responsible manner. Develop,
implement, and monitor policies and procedures specific to the
administration of the Nursing program. Participate in faculty
governance, campus committees, and service to the School,
University, community, and profession.
- An understanding of education in the context of a Catholic,
Marianist liberal arts university.
- Earned doctorate in nursing OR a master's degree in nursing and
a doctorate in a closely-related field.
- Currently hold a Professional Nursing (RN) licensure in good
standing, with the ability to obtain licensure as a registered
nurse in Texas.
- Appropriate clinical practice experience.
- A minimum of five years of college-level teaching and
administrative experience in a baccalaureate or higher degree
- Demonstrated record of academic program development.
- A record of teaching, scholarship, and service that would merit
tenure at St. Mary’s.
- Experience with planning, forecasting, and fiscal
- Experience with strategic planning, program review, and
- Knowledge or experience with CCNE accreditation.
- Demonstrated commitment to customer service, transparency, and
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion evidenced by the
ability to create a welcoming, inclusive, and positive environment
for people from a wide variety of backgrounds and
- Record of successful working relationships with internal and
external constituencies, including administration, faculty,
students, alumni, and the larger professional community.
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
Outstanding organization, problem-solving, and decision-making
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience with
virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom or MS Teams.
About the University
St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University,
fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for
the common good through community, integrated liberal arts and
professional education, and academic excellence.
St. Mary’s University’s mission is deeply rooted in both the
Liberal Arts and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, which informs
the five fundamental characteristics of a Marianist education:
formation in faith; integral quality education; family spirit;
service, justice and peace, and integrity of creation; and
adaptation and change. These characteristics are the foundation of
a holistic educational experience designed to infuse students’
professional training with an understanding of individual human
development, community, the natural world, and God. These, in turn,
inspire human vocations, ethical engagement and action, and
Students at St. Mary’s experience a nurturing and vibrant
community atmosphere that encourages and facilitates civic
engagement, undergraduate and graduate research, comprehensive
faculty mentoring, and service learning in San Antonio and around
the world. That community experience is carried forward and
manifested every year in the vocations and service of many alumni,
a community of some 36,000 whose goal is to improve the human
condition in the world.
St. Mary’s University’s vision is, as a Catholic and Marianist
University, to become one of the finest private universities in the
region, a gateway for its graduates to professional lives as
ethical leaders in Texas, the nation, and the world.
The strategic plan, Gateway: A Vision for St. Mary’s
University, was launched in April 2013, soon after President
Tom Mengler took office in Summer 2012. The term Gateway signifies
an entry point, a beginning, and a pathway to a more significant
stage. Gateway symbolizes and reaffirms the enduring role of St.
Mary’s integrating the liberal arts with professional preparation
for students to lead purposeful lives. Gateway conveys an image of
students arriving at St. Mary’s on individual paths but joining a
global family of men and women collaborating on behalf of the
common good in service to God. Finally, Gateway evokes a dynamic
vision, a strategic plan for a more vital and integrated role for
St. Mary’s as a partner in the future of San Antonio and the
A top institutional priority is to create a culture of
excellence. This includes recruiting and retaining top students,
strengthening, and promoting the Catholic and Marianist tradition,
advancing the academic mission, increasing fundraising support to
the University, strategically allocating resources through
excellent stewardship, increasing financial and capital funding,
and graduating ethical leaders who are highly sought after in the
workplace after graduation.
St. Mary’s just completed a $165 million comprehensive campaign
— a fundraising campaign 10 times greater than any prior St. Mary’s
University campaign and larger than all previous campaigns
In 2017, St. Mary’s publicly announced The Defining Moment
Comprehensive Campaign that began in 2012 with a goal of $130
million. After surpassing that amount by 2019, St. Mary’s extended
the goal to $150 million. The campaign ended in December 2021
having exceeded its goal by raising $165 million. The campaign
funded 14 new academic positions, 94 new endowed scholarships and
$58.8 million in increased scholarship funding. It also provided
$5.2 million in funding for Catholic mission initiatives and to
establish the Center for Catholic Studies. The School of Science,
Engineering and Technology realized $41 million in contributions
from the campaign.
The School of Science, Engineering, and
Technology offers a student-centered, service-oriented
environment that encourages students to analyze problems through
scientific inquiry within the framework of moral and ethical
considerations. The School has more than 50 full-time faculty
teaching 19 undergraduate degree plan options, including seven
majors in engineering fields, nine graduate programs and three
In recent years, the School has launched undergraduate programs
in Bioinformatics, Forensic Science, Environmental Science and
Software Engineering, as well as a master’s degree in
Cybersecurity. St. Mary’s is the first in Texas to offer a
comprehensive master’s-level degree for Cybersecurity in San
Antonio. St. Mary’s, through the Master of Science in Cybersecurity
program, has been designated by the National Security Agency and
the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of
Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
The Biology degree has long been one of the largest and most
popular majors among undergraduate students due to the University’s
reputation and success in preparing them for professional schools.
Our graduates are accepted into medical and dental schools at 1.5
times the national rate.
At St. Mary’s, the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR),
sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences,
has been engaging students for more than 30 years. The goal is to
increase the number of underrepresented minority students who enter
and complete doctoral research programs in the biomedical
As noted, the School of Science, Engineering and Technology
realized $41 million in contributions from The Defining Moment
Comprehensive Campaign that supported scholarships, academic
programs and renovations to facilities. It also funded a new
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Laboratory (Drone Lab). The facility
supports the new UAS concentration under the B.S. in Engineering
Science program, the University’s Drone Club and accommodates
summer camps for high school students interested in drone
technology and research.
The campaign included grants for STEM education. The University
received a $1.15 million grant from USAA to support STEM studies,
over $13.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education
to renovate STEM labs and classrooms, and $1 million from the
National Science Foundation to increase Latino students obtaining
degrees in STEM fields.
In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the Title V
Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans
(PPOHA) Program Grant to St. Mary’s University to expand and
enhance its offerings to graduate students. St. Mary’s has a PPOHA
project entitled, Promoting Excellence in Graduate Education, which
addresses gaps and weaknesses that hinder the University from
adequately serving the needs of Hispanic and disadvantaged
St. Mary’s is preparing to launch a new Bachelor of Science in
Nursing degree in August 2024. The program will be located in the
School’s new Innovation Center. Construction on a new nearly $12
million Innovation Center will begin in Fall 2022. St. Mary’s has
already secured approximately $6 million in gifts and pledges. Two
of the three floors of the facility will support Advanced
Manufacturing research, instruction and industrial/community
outreach in numerous engineering, computing, and related STEM
disciplines. The third floor will house the proposed Bachelor of
Science in Nursing program.
About the Area
San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States and
the second-largest city in Texas, with a population of more than
1.3 million residents. Located in the south-central part of Texas,
the city serves as the seat of Bexar County.
The jewel of the city is the River Walk, which runs through the
downtown area. Lined with numerous shops, bars, and restaurants, as
well as the Arneson River Theater, this attraction is transformed
into an impressive festival of lights during the Christmas and New
Year holidays and is suffused with the local sounds of folklórico
and flamenco music during the summer, particularly during
celebrations, such as the Fiesta Noche del Rio. The Alamo, located
nearby, is Texas’s top tourist attraction, while the River Walk is
the second most visited attraction. SeaWorld, located 16 miles west
of downtown, is the number three attraction. San Antonio is
world-famous for its Mexican, Tex-Mex, and cosmopolitan cuisines at
fine restaurants throughout the city. The San Antonio Missions
National Historical Park was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage
Site in 2015.
In San Antonio, culture sings. We celebrate our rich heritage
with vibrant parades, food-centric events, and lively, local
entertainment. We collect medals to show off our San Antonio pride.
What started in 1891 to honor the heroes from the Battle of the
Alamo has transformed into city-wide party with a purpose called
Fiesta. The St. Mary’s Alumni Association hosts one of the largest
Fiesta events on the University campus every spring. The Fiesta
Oyster Bake, now more than 100 years old, raises funds for
scholarships for St. Mary’s students.
San Antonio has a strong military presence. It is home to Joint
Base San Antonio, including Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force
Base, Randolph Air Force Base, with Camp Bullis outside the city.
San Antonio is home to five Fortune 500 companies; to the South
Texas Medical Center, the premier medical research and care
provider in the South Texas region; and to the San Antonio Military
Medical Center, the largest inpatient medical facility of the
Department of Defense. For more information on San Antonio please
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Education, which call for the development of respect for the
dignity of the person and education for service, justice, and
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