American University — Dean, Kogod School of Business

American University seeks a visionary leader to serve as Dean of the Kogod School of Business. The oldest accredited business school in Washington, DC., the Kogod School provides an experience-based approach that bridges theory with practice, leveraging faculty and staff expertise to help students develop the skills to make meaningful impact, address society’s current and emerging challenges, and thrive in a complex global environment. Consistent with the mission of American University, Kogod aims to empower lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Kogod students are socially minded, entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative. As graduates, they have excelled in consulting, start-up environments, financial services, and mission-driven non-profit, public, and social service sectors. 

Established in 1924, the AACSB-accredited Kogod School is ranked among the top undergraduate international business programs in the U.S. by US News & World Report (2021). Kogod programs combine rigorous classroom learning, hands-on experience in the real world, and a global outlook, including opportunities for study abroad. Kogod’s mission is to equip and empower the Kogod community to use business as a force for meaningful change. In addition to empowering students with the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to succeed, Kogod takes pride in a diversity that helps students to thrive in a complex global environment.  Nationally recognized as an excellent environment for women and students of color, Kogod’s programs attract professors, speakers, and students from all over the world, and Kogod’s commitment to inclusive excellence has yielded the most diverse faculty body in its history. The Kogod School employs 85 full-time faculty, and 58 full and part-time staff. Faculty are housed in five academic departments – Accounting, Finance and Real Estate, Information Technology and Analytics, Management, and Marketing. The School offers Bachelor of Science degrees; on-campus and on-line MBA programs, and on-campus and on-line specialized master’s programs. Kogod enrolls 1,089 undergraduate majors and 530 on-campus and on-line graduate students.  AACSB accreditation was reaffirmed in 2016 with the next review visit scheduled for Spring 2023.  

Reporting to the Provost, the dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the Kogod School. The dean is accountable for the quality of the School’s academic programs and faculty, for aligning the priorities of the School with those of the University, and for enabling the School and University to flourish. The dean will be responsible for developing an overarching vision that will pull the full array of disciplines and programs, employees, and students into an integrated whole. The dean is expected to provide visionary leadership to align with the University’s Changemakers for a Changing World strategic plan. The dean will continue to recruit and retain strong, mission-committed, research active faculty and excellent staff, and to further enhance undergraduates’ educational experience, strengthen graduate programs, and elevate scholarly activity. The dean is responsible for promoting research, increasing external funding for faculty scholarship, growing entrepreneurial activity, establishing international partnerships to support faculty and student needs, creating opportunities for students, fostering a collaborative spirit within the School, defining the School’s strategic priorities, and securing resources to fulfill those priorities.

The University seeks a dean who brings a vision for a 21st century School of Business situated in the nation’s capital and committed to preparing today’s students for success in a rapidly changing world. The successful candidate will bring a strong record of distinguished leadership (in higher education, this would include successful leadership at the chair, director, dean, or equivalent leadership level together with an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree with academic qualifications that merit appointment as a tenured full professor in an academic discipline represented within the School; in other sectors, a record of executive leadership responsibility for a complex organization that involves motivating and engaging many types of stakeholders); appreciation for the unique challenges and opportunities of an academic environment; enthusiasm and ability to contribute actively to substantial development and fundraising efforts; a proven track record of successful fundraising; a commitment to research as the foundation for learning, teaching, and practical application; demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, fiscal management, and the ability to lead, facilitate, and delegate with effectiveness; commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, along with an understanding of how to advance a culture that promotes inclusion and welcomes and encourages dialogue across lines of difference. The dean will demonstrate evidence of strong external skills, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, energetic and entrepreneurial spirit, personal and professional integrity, and a passion for articulating the vision and mission of the Kogod School.

Screening will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made; start date will be negotiable. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including CV, a cover letter addressing leadership opportunities for the school and the fit with the candidate profile in the detailed position description, leadership philosophy, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the names of five references) should be directed electronically to AmericanKogodDean@divsearch.com.

Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D., Managing Director
Christine Falcone, Senior Search Associate
Diversified Search Group
One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA  19103

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information, or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

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