Carthage College — Founding Dean of the School of Business and Economics

Carthage College seeks an energetic, creative, and visionary leader to serve as the Founding Dean of the School of Business and Economics. The School will be a new academic division at the College. The Founding Dean will be charged with bringing the departments of Accounting and Finance, Economics, and Management and Marketing together in synergistic ways; establishing a strong vision for the future endeavors of faculty, staff, and students; garnering resources, and building external partnerships. The Dean will promote the mission and values of a leading liberal arts college, while championing the new School’s focus on experiential-based education.

Founded in 1847 by Lutheran pioneers in education, Carthage College is a private four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Carthage combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, where students uncover and ignite their true potential. The beautiful campus is an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, 35 minutes from Milwaukee and 55 minutes from Chicago. The vibrant Carthage community includes 2,600 full-time students, 400 part-time students, and more than 350 full-time faculty and staff. Widely recognized for excellence, Carthage provides students with rare access to opportunities and facilities that cultivate the dynamic skills they need for life in a changing world.

The Founding Dean will join Carthage during an unprecedented time of prosperity and innovation at the College. Named a Best Midwestern College by Princeton Review, Carthage had more than 7,000 high school students apply for the 725 openings in the Fall 2021 first-year class. The Princeton Review selected Carthage for its 2021 “Best in the Midwest” college feature. In its 2021 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Carthage No. 12 overall among Midwest Regional Colleges. The College also received high marks among Best Colleges for Veterans (No. 1), and Best Value Schools (No. 19). In 2020, Carthage was recognized for Best Undergraduate Teaching (No. 6) and as a Most Innovative School (No. 5). Carthage is No. 3 in the country among baccalaureate institutions for student participation in short-term study abroad, according to the Institute of International Education. 

Carthage awards the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in more than 50 subject areas, as well as the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a planned Engineering degree program that was initiated in fall 2021. Carthage has five graduate degrees: Master of Education, Master of Science degree in Business degree (with tracks in Design and Innovation and Sports Management), Master of Arts in Music Theater Vocal Pedagogy, and Master of Arts in Athletic Training. The College’s average class size is just 17 students. Carthage’s student-to-faculty ratio is 13-to-1. Carthage College has 143 full-time faculty members, 50 percent of whom are tenured. There are also approximately 133 part-time faculty, including field supervisors and clinical faculty. Nearly 67 percent of full-time faculty have terminal degrees. 

The Founding Dean of the School of Business and Economics will seize the opportunity to unite high-performing academic departments and their full- and part-time faculty of 285 and craft a shared vision for programmatic growth and student success. The School will include the existing academic departments of Accounting and Finance, Economics, and Marketing and Management which shepherd a total of 547 majors (722 major declarations by 594 students, as some students double or triple major), approximately 21 percentage of Carthage’s student body. Reporting to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer and serving as a member of the Provost’s Council, the Dean will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Business and Economics. 

The Founding Dean will be an accomplished and growth-oriented leader who will develop and implement a vision for new program development, revenue generation, and innovation, while also embracing the College’s commitments to academic excellence, a teaching-focused culture, a student-centered environment, and collegial collaborations among faculty and staff. In addition, it is desired that the candidate will have significant experience and a record of accomplishment in a complex business organization and/or have significant administrative experience in higher education.

A detailed position description, containing the agenda for leadership for the Founding Dean as well as desired skill sets and attributes, is available here. 

The search committee will be reviewing materials immediately. All applications and nominations will be treated confidentially. For best consideration, please send a cover letter and CV to:

Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Brian Bustin, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search
CarthageFoundingDean@storbecksearch.com
484-263-5534

Carthage College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the College community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

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