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Villanova University seeks to recruit to its faculty the highest quality teacher-scholars who demonstrate unambiguous promise of furthering the University’s mission and values. Recruitment to fill vacant lines begins with the department and the Dean, who receive authorization from the Provost.
The department normally conducts the search – including rigorous efforts to recruit a diverse faculty especially able to contribute to the University’s mission and values -- and makes its recommendation to the Dean, who, in turn, recommends (via the Affirmative Action Office) to the Provost the appointment of a candidate. The Provost then extends the offer of employment.
For a list of faculty positions currently being recruited, please visit http://jobs.villanova.edu
Villanova University seeks an exceptional leader to serve as Dean of the Villanova School of Business. Located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, on the Philadelphia Main Line, Villanova University is a preeminent Catholic university founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately, and succeed while serving others. Villanova has 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in six colleges and schools. The University has consistently been ranked #1 in the category of Regional Universities—North and third for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report; Villanova is the top U.S. Producer of Fulbright Students among Master’s Institutions as reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Economist recently ranked Villanova third in the nation for economic value as reflected in income earned by graduates. The University’s growing doctoral programs place it on the cusp of being reclassified as a doctoral/research institution.
The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is known for academic rigor, creativity and innovation. VSB is organized into five Academic Areas – Accountancy and Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management & Operations, and Marketing & Business Law - and has six prestigious business Centers of Excellence. VSB serves nearly 2,000 students in its undergraduate programs, and nearly 1,000 students in its eight graduate programs. Small class sizes and personal attention are hallmarks of the school, together with hands-on and service learning opportunities, a firm grounding in ethics and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and technically-savvy global citizens. VSB’s home, Bartley Hall, underwent a $26 million dollar renovation, highlighted by the addition of a 65,000 square foot atrium, and a state-of-the-art Applied Finance Lab. In 2014, VSB was ranked #24 among undergraduate business programs, and in 2015, ranked #12 among part-time MBA programs and #25 among executive MBA programs in the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek. VSB is accredited by AACSB International.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of VSB and serves as its chief executive, responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the school. The Dean oversees a $32 million budget and 104 full-time faculty, and works with a talented team consisting of a vice dean, associate deans for undergraduate programs and graduate and executive programs, and directors responsible for finance and administration, communications and accreditation and strategic initiatives. The new dean will be expected to articulate a strategic vision that will enhance the reputation of VSB; promote excellent teaching and research; achieve continued success in fundraising, resources, and revenue generation; promote a diverse and inclusive community, support inclusive governance, university citizenship and collaboration; support leadership development; and demonstrate a commitment to mission.
The University seeks an innovative thinker with significant leadership experience to continue to build momentum for VSB. The Dean will ideally come from a background of substantive leadership with a proven academic or professional record in a field related to the business disciplines, an appreciation for all the disciplines represented in VSB, and an understanding of the research and teaching mission of the school. The successful candidate will have the reputation, stature, and credibility to attract strong faculty and students and the ability to articulate a vision that positions VSB to thrive. She/he should demonstrate a collaborative leadership style, human resource and financial management skills, and a track record of building diverse teams and engaging diverse stakeholders. A doctorate in business, economics, or related field is strongly preferred. Additional criteria include scholarly accomplishments or a deep understanding and appreciation for high level scholarly research; at least five years of demonstrated leadership experience; demonstrate a commitment to the mission of an Augustinian university with greater research aspirations; and evidence of ability to engage others, with a preference for demonstrated success over a sustained period in external fundraising with the business community, donors, alumni and other constituents.
Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically in confidence to: VSBDean@divsearch.com.
Andrew C. Wheeler, Practice Leader, Education and Not-for-Profit Practice and Managing Director
Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director, Education and Not-for-Profit Leadership Searches
Nancy Helfman, Vice President and Senior Associate
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Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. An AA/EEO employer, Villanova seeks a diverse faculty committed to scholarship, service, and especially teaching, who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.