Fort Lewis College — Dean of the School of Business Administration

Fort Lewis College, a selective public liberal arts college located in Durango, Colorado, seeks a Dean of the School of Business Administration. The preferred starting date is July, 2017.

Fort Lewis College is committed to accessible and high quality baccalaureate education. The hallmarks of FLC are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Over 3,700 students come from 48 states, 22 countries, and more than 163 American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages. With its rich cultural heritage, Fort Lewis College is a great place to learn and work. Fort Lewis College is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Fort Lewis College is located in Durango, the hub of Southwestern Colorado. It is a thriving multicultural community set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year and situated at 6,500 feet and located between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest, Durango is renowned for its outdoor opportunities. In the winter, numerous ski resorts are within an easy drive, and backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are easily accessible. In warmer seasons, hiking, biking, river running, golfing, and fishing can be enjoyed right downtown. Durango itself is a small, friendly, historic town of 17,000, and is the seat of La Plata County, with a population of 55,000. Durango features numerous dining, shopping, and cultural amenities usually associated with larger urban areas, and is connected by major airlines directly to Denver and Phoenix.

About the School of Business Administration and the Deanship
The Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration prepares students for success in a complex and dynamic economy by creating diverse learning experiences in a student-centered environment. Students participate hands-on in business development, through the application of coursework, faculty-led research, consulting projects, and internships. The School of Business Administration is also actively involved in the local and regional economy. Students have opportunities to engage in community-based learning, service projects, or even travel abroad on faculty-led study abroad trip during either a fall, spring or summer term. The School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1974.

Required Qualifications:
The required qualifications for this position include an earned doctorate or terminal degree in business or a related field; a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship; as well as, a proven record of successful leadership and progressive experience in academic administration.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, strategic thinking and to articulate a clear and compelling vision;
  • Evidence of a collaborative and congenial leadership style with strong communication skills, including the abilities to listen and advocate for the School of Business Administration;
  • Experience with AACSB accreditation;
  • Demonstrated track record as an innovative thinker in the development, enrichment, and assessment of programs;
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional ethics and integrity;
  • A record of building partnerships across the disciplines and collaborations with external organizations and institutions;
  • A talent for collegiate fundraising and experience with donors;
  • Strong organizational, personnel management, fiscal management and budgetary skills;
  • Credentials that support appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the programs of the School of Business Administration;
  • Student-centered, with an appreciation of the mission of a teaching institution;
  • Appreciation for diversity and a record of promoting diversity and inclusion with faculty, students and staff.

Application and Nomination Process
In deference to the sensitivity of the positions presently held by many of those who will be nominated and considered, the search will be conducted in strict confidence until finalists are brought to campus. The College is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Inquiries or nominations should be directed to Senior Consultant Eric Richtmyer at ewr@academic-search.com.

Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter that specifically addresses how the candidate’s experiences match the required and desired qualifications, and the leadership agenda described in the complete position profile. A complete application packet will also include curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. The position is open until filled, but only applications received by November 11, 2016 can be assured full consideration. Applications should be addressed to Dr. Eric Huggins, Search Committee Chair and sent electronically to FLCSoBA@academic-search.com.

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political beliefs, or veteran status. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and education shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. Individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


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