University of Wyoming — Dean, College of Business

The University of Wyoming (UW) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, College of Business. In its next Dean, UW seeks an entrepreneurial, innovative, and collaborative leader who will reinforce and strengthen the College’s national reputation and create a compelling and forward-thinking vision for the College’s future. After a brief economic downturn, the University of Wyoming is facing exciting times as it embarks on a new growth path. The new Dean of the College of Business will have an exciting opportunity to forge new partnerships, promote academic excellence, and identify creative pathways for fulfilling its land-grant mission. It is expected that the Dean will make a long-term commitment to the University and work closely with a passionate faculty and staff that are eager to build a dynamic future for the College.

Overview of the College of Business

The College of Business is one of ten academic colleges/schools at UW. Fall 2017 enrollment includes 1,146 undergraduates, 174 master’s degree students and 32 PhD students in the College’s four areas of study: Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management and Marketing and the MBA program. Master’s degrees are offered in Accounting, Economics and Finance and PhDs are offered in Marketing and Economics. MBAs are offered both on campus and on-line (UW’s on-line MBA is ranked the best value on-line MBA) and include an Energy Management MBA, an International MBA (in partnership with Pforzheim University in Germany) and three dual MBAs with Law, Engineering and Pharmacy. The College currently has 55 faculty, a staff of 14 and a budget of $16.5 million. The College also benefits from possessing the largest amount of endowed funding of any college or program at the University. As of July 2017, the value of the College’s endowments was just over $67 million, of which $23 million is in mostly unrestricted Dean’s Excellence Funds which generate over $900,000 per year, most of which is available for discretionary use by the Dean to achieve the vision, goals and objectives of the College.

Among the College’s strategic objectives is to be a leader in sustainable business practices. The College emphasizes ethics, entrepreneurship, innovation, energy stewardship and environment and natural resources in its courses, programs and scholarship and collaborates closely with the University’s other colleges and schools to ensure that students are provided with a community of professors and scholars committed to excellence.

Furthermore, the College and the new Dean will be major and critically important players in the new, university-wide, cross-disciplinary Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship which encourages high quality research, world class science and technology development aligned with the needs of the state and regional economies. The Institute will be an engine for technology transfer at UW and economic development and diversification in the State of Wyoming and the College’s newly developed Center for the Advancement of Professional Selling will complement the Institute.

UW’s College of Business is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). For more information about the College, please visit http://www.uwyo.edu/business/index.html.

Position Summary

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Business and is responsible for the academic leadership of the College and the management of its resources. The Dean will work closely with faculty, staff, students, alumni, the business community, and governmental leaders to achieve the College’s mission and vision. He/she will serve as a catalyst for innovation and research and must be a tireless leader in the development of curricular offerings that serve the needs of students and inspire faculty and staff. The Dean will play a lead role in the enhancement and implementation of a strategic plan that is currently being developed. In addition, the Dean will oversee revenue generation, budget formulation and execution, and alumni relations. The Dean will also work with the College’s leadership team to develop new educational programs and initiatives that will deepen the College’s revenue streams. The Dean also participates in campus-wide policy development through membership on the Council of Deans.

UW plays a huge leadership role in the State of Wyoming and enjoys strong public support and unparalleled statewide presence. It combines major university benefits and small school advantages, an outstanding faculty and world class teaching, research and support facilities. The College of Business is one of the most visible and high profile units at UW and will be even more so with the rollout of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Center for the Advancement of Professional Selling. In addition to his/her significant, traditional internal responsibilities and work with the President and Provost, the new Dean will have an exciting opportunity to work with key external stakeholders, including the Governor, the Wyoming Legislature and influential business leaders, throughout the state and region.

The University

Established in 1886, the University of Wyoming is a land-grant, doctoral/research university, Division I member of the NCAA—Mountain West Conference, set in the front range of the Rocky Mountains at 7,200 feet. UW is the only four-year public university in the state and combines major-university benefits and small-school advantages. In fall 2017 the university had a total enrollment of 12,397 students, evenly divided between male and female students, from all 50 states and 91 countries. It offers 192 majors, including 21 certificate programs, 78 bachelor’s programs, 57 master’s programs and 36 doctorate/professional programs. It is institutionally accredited and four colleges, including the College of Business, hold specialty accreditation. External research funding was over $95 million in FY16. Annual private giving for the same period exceeded $63 million. The University’s FY18 Operating Budget is $471.6 million of which 46% comes from State appropriations. Exceptional state support makes it possible for UW to offer one of the lowest tuition rates in the country – $5,217 for resident undergraduates and $16,827 for non-resident undergraduates. In addition to the operating budget appropriation, the State funds the Hathaway Scholarship program. In 2016, the last year for which there are records, 3,174 resident students received scholarships between $1,680 and $3,360 (amount is based upon high school achievement). An additional margin of excellence is provided by UW’s endowments, which rank among the highest per full time student in US public universities at over $500 million. For more information about the University of Wyoming, please visit http://www.uwyo.edu/.

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications will remain confidential until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Salvador Venegas, Senior Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com
Refer to code “UW-DeanCOB” in subject line

The University of Wyoming embraces the principles of affirmative action and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

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