Morningside College — Inaugural Dean of the School of Business and Continuing Studies

Morningside College, one of the truly great success stories in private higher education, is seeking a visionary, innovative academic entrepreneur to become its Inaugural Dean of the School of Business and Continuing Studies. This exciting deanship offers a student-centered ambitious leader the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in ushering in an era of ever-heightened rigor and a tighter connection with the business world, particularly through expanded experiential learning opportunities. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values for Morningside and will be key priorities for the Dean.

The ideal candidate will possess successful experience in both academia and in a business setting.  An understanding of leadership challenges and opportunities in both the higher education environment and in business will position the new Dean to most effectively step into this important role as the Inaugural Dean of the School of Business and Continuing Studies. 

The successful candidate will hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, with a terminal degree preferred. The College expects to appoint the new Dean in early December 2020, and they will assume their new duties on or about August 1, 2021, subject to negotiation. 

Morningside College is widely acclaimed as one of the truly great success stories in private higher education. It is recognized for providing undergraduate students with exceptional active and experiential learning experiences on a beautiful residential campus. Total enrollment is over 2,400 students from nearly all 50 states and almost 20 countries. Amazingly, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College just recruited its fourth largest undergraduate class in history. Morningside is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

Under President John Reynders’ spectacular leadership, the College has enjoyed two decades of significant change, growth, and success that include achieving record enrollment numbers, exceeding goals for three historic multi-year fundraising campaigns, increasing varsity athletics to 28 teams that routinely compete for conference and national honors, and completing nearly $70 million in campus improvements. 

While the Inaugural Deanship of the School of Business and Continuing Studies is a new post, Morningside has been offering value-added business programs at its Sioux City campus and online through Continuing Studies for quite some time. This fall, there are 310 students enrolled in the Department’s programs.

The decision to establish a new Deanship and School of Business and Continuing Studies is designed to build on the strengths of the past and turbocharge the new School with increased enrollment, a stronger relationship with the business community, new market-demand offerings, increased resources for the school, heightened rigor, and programs that reflect more intentionally the practical side of business. The Continuing Studies program must be rejuvenated and become a central feature of the new School. 

The new Dean of the School of Business and Continuing Studies will live in the bustling Tri-State metropolitan area of 170,000 people, the hub of which is Sioux City. The City sits amidst the boundaries of three jurisdictions, two of which made’s 2019 top ten best states to raise a child – Iowa and South Dakota. 


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  The desired appointment date is early December 2020, and the successful candidate will assume their new duties on or about August 1, 2021, subject to negotiation

For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by November 2, 2020.  Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which contains detailed information about the College and the position. See or 

The College welcomes the candidacies of women and people from underrepresented groups. 

Applications must include a letter of interest, CV/resume, and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers.  References will not be contacted without the applicant’s authorization.  Application materials should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF) to

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and referrals may be directed to:

Mr. Frederick V. Moore, Executive Search Consultant / 712.299.2544


Dr. Melissa K. Trotta, Associate Managing Principal / 202.380.8927

Morningside College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, gender identity, or veteran status.