Southern Connecticut State University — Dean, School of Business

Southern Connecticut State University, a public comprehensive university in New Haven, Connecticut, with a strong commitment to social justice, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Business.

Founded in 1893 as New Haven Normal School, the University has evolved into a modern, urban, diversified center of higher learning serving 8800 students with excellent undergraduate and graduate programs. Southern is one of four comprehensive universities in the 17-member Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. Its five colleges and schools offer more than 242 academic programs, leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as sixth-year professional diplomas and doctoral degrees in educational leadership, nursing education, and social work. Supporting the academic offerings are several nationally recognized academic centers and several new campus facilities: a recently expanded library, a new state-of-the-art science building, the recently completed Barack H. Obama Magnet University School, and a new facility for the College of Health and Human Services, which is near completion.

Southern’s School of Business reflects a decade of excellent leadership and management. Over this period, the groundwork has been laid for the successful completion of full AACSB accreditation in the spring of 2022. Both the faculty and business and community leaders have a clear understanding of the School’s mission to serve simultaneously both its students and the businesses of the New Haven region. The School has developed innovative curricula designed to meet the emerging workforce needs of the region, best exemplified by the recently-developed Public Utilities Management Program, the first of its kind in the nation. At the same time, in concert with a growing faculty body, the School has developed the many co-curricular programs necessary to enable a significantly first-generation, Pell-eligible, and minority student body to succeed both in college and in the world of work. The fundraising efforts of the School have grown in size, success, and staffing. As an outward symbol of all that has been accomplished, a new 62,000 square foot “net zero” business building is currently under construction.    

The new dean of the School of Business will have the opportunity to bring to conclusions several initiatives currently underway, including AACSB accreditation, the new building, new curricula, and enhanced fundraising initiatives. The new dean will also have the opportunity to solidify recent accomplishments and bring them to the next level.  

The ideal candidate for the position will be an innovative leader with a record of successful teaching and scholarship in a business-related discipline, a record of successful and progressively more responsible leadership and administrative experience in higher education, a record of successful fundraising and external relations, experience with AACSB accreditation, a record of innovative curricular development, and experience with facilities planning and construction.   

For further information about this opportunity and instructions to applicants, please review the position profile.

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by February 14, 2022.

To apply, please submit application materials in MS Word or PDF format to: SouthernDOB22@agbsearch.com

Applications must include:

  1. A letter of interest that addresses specifically the leadership priorities described in the profile,
  2. A current curriculum vitae, and
  3. Five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s expressed authorization.

The search is being assisted by AGB Search.  Nominations and inquiries should be directed to:

Robert Holyer, PhD
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
robert.holyer@agbsearch.com
804-708-0834 (o)
804-402-6736 (c)

Southern is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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