University of Maine — Dean of the Graduate School of Business

The University of Maine seeks an entrepreneurial and creative Dean to develop and lead its new Graduate School of Business, located at the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies in Portland, Maine. This founding Dean position will bring together academic resources from the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine–the two largest universities in the state–to create an exciting new school in a collaborative effort to strengthen the professional workforce in Maine.

Serving as the chief academic leader of the Graduate School of Business, the Dean will be responsible for the ongoing strategic leadership and operational management of the Graduate School of Business. The Dean will report to the UMaine Provost, and will be located in Portland, initially at USM, until the new Graduate Center is fully operational. The Dean will also work closely in coordination with the Provost of the University of Southern Maine, especially during the period of program development, and will serve on the Maine Center Consortium Coordinat-ing Committee with the Center CEO, the Dean of the University of Maine School of Law, the Dean of the USM College of Management and Human Service, and the Director of the USM Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy. The Dean will be expected to develop and maintain close working relationships with the UMaine and USM deans responsible for undergraduate business education.

The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate or terminal degree in business or a related field. She or he will have a record of scholarship, teaching, and service that meets the criteria for appointment to the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with tenure, at the University of Maine. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated record of progressively significant lead-ership and administrative responsibilities in academic or executive positions in the public or pri-vate sector. Finally, she or he will possess administrative or teaching experience in or related to graduate studies.

The new Dean should also have leadership skills that include, among others, experience with or an understanding of issues related to AACSB accreditation; experience with fundraising and do-nor relations; and a demonstrated record of successful entrepreneurial approaches to the devel-opment of academic programs and initiatives. It is also highly desired for the candidate hold an MBA, or have significant experience with MBA education. To see the full leadership profile for this position, please go to and click on the Current Searches tab.

Application & Nomination Process
Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to The search is being led by Academic Search, Inc. For confidential discussions about this opportunity please call 202-332-4049 or contact Senior Con-sultant Eric Richtmyer at or Senior Consultant Bill Howard at Screening will begin immediately, and will continue until a candi-date has been appointed. Only applications submitted by February 12, 2018 can be assured full consideration. 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.

Candidates for the position should submit three separate documents: a cover letter that specifical-ly addresses the leadership agenda and required and desired characteristics listed in the full pro-file; a current CV with email address and cellular telephone number; and a reference list with the names, home and business telephone numbers, and email addresses of five professional refer-ences. References will not be contacted without permission from the candidate.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive considera-tion for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orienta-tion, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.