Montana State University — Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship
Montana State University invites nominations and applications for an exceptional academic leader to serve as the Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship. The Dean reports to the Provost and provides strategic academic leadership for the College.

The University
Montana State University, the state’s land-grant institution, educates students, creates knowledge and art, and serves communities by integrating learning, discovery and engagement. The University enrolls over 16,000 students and has set enrollment records 10 times in the last 11 years. MSU prepares students to graduate equipped for careers and further education. MSU’s low student to faculty ratio means accessible professors and hands-on learning opportunities. Working alongside world-class faculty mentors, students discover new knowledge that helps to improve quality of life around the globe.

Montana State University embarked upon its current strategic plan “Mountains and Minds: Learners and Leaders” in 2012. The most recent progress report for the strategic plan can be found at

The College
The Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in business with four option areas: accounting, finance, management, and marketing. The College offers five minors: accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship and small business management, finance, and international business, as well as an 18-credit business certificate and 15-credit entrepreneurship certificate.

The College offers a one-year Master of Professional Accountancy program (MPAc). The College is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Small class sizes, a teaching and mentoring philosophy, and a distinct organizational culture enable MSU to create an experiential and personalized learning environment for students. More information about the College is available at and,

Responsibilities of the Dean
Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean is the senior academic and administrative officer of the College, and is responsible for:

  • Leading Staff, Faculty & Students in setting strategic, operational, and financial directions for the College.
  • Developing an effective, collegial environment and plans that support excellence in teaching, research, and service.
  • Promoting the global visibility of the College’s programs, and fostering research and creativity,
  • Partnering with the University and the MSU Alumni Foundation to grow the College’s endowment.
  • Managing the College’s human, fiscal and physical resources.
  • Working closely with leaders of the business community to develop the necessary relationships to ensure that the College connects with student career development and philanthropic opportunities, and that the College is producing graduates who meet the needs of the business communities across the State and nationally.
  • Working effectively with students and faculty as well as with the alumni and other benefactors to enhance the reputation of MSU.
  • Working with other Colleges, fellow Deans and units in the University to promote interdisciplinary programs, projects and initiatives.

Qualifications and Skills
The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications and skills:


  • Demonstrated scholarly and/or professional achievement with distinction to merit appointment at the rank of professor (award of tenure is subject to the candidate’s overall scholarly achievement and will be made independent from appointment as dean).
  • Demonstrated experience in administration including budgetary and personnel management, as well as strategic planning.
  • Active involvement with developing external funding from private and public sources
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and fostering an inclusive environment.


  • A terminal degree in an academic field closely related to one of the College’s disciplines or professions is preferred. However, individuals with substantial business and organizational accomplishment are also encouraged to apply.
  • University wide leadership or C-suite experience.
  • Demonstrated success in developing external funding from private and public sources.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the mission of a land grant university.
  • Evidence of experience working across different disciplines and departments on a university campus.

Nomination and Application Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, applicants are encouraged to have complete applications submitted to the search firm assisting the University by January 15, 2018. Requested application materials include; a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and; the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least five professional references. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential. References will not be called until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission. All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm assisting the University at the contact information below:

Will Gates, Partner
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601-4578
(562) 360-1608
Refer to code “ MSU BIZDEAN” in subject line

Montana State University is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.