Benedict College — Dean, School of Science and Engineering

Benedict College seeks a strategic, collaborative, innovative, transformational leader and executive with demonstrated experience managing a robust academic portfolio to serve as Dean of the School of Science and Engineering at an exciting time in the College’s history. The School of Science and Engineering will be established effective July 1, 2022. It will be comprised of two academic departments: 1) Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics, and 2) Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Health Science. Undergraduate degree programs offered through these departments include computer science, computer engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental health science. 

The Dean will report directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will serve as a member of the VPAA’s leadership team. This is a significant opportunity for a visionary higher education leader with broad academic administrative experience in higher education. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker, a good communicator and listener, able to innovate and effect change, and serve as the lead advocate for the School of Science and Engineering.

Benedict College aspires to be a leader in providing transformative learning experiences for a diverse student body, defined by superior cultural and professional competencies that are nurtured and developed by faculty, staff, and stakeholders who value inclusivity, innovation, customer service, community, and industry engagement. Over the past ten years, three out of five Benedict College graduates have attended professional or graduate schools. Benedict College has been a community leader for over 150 years and is a significant contributor to South Carolina and the region. The College made front-page news in the spring of 2018 when it became the first South Carolina college to lower its tuition by 26 percent. 

The Dean is the academic leader of the school and is responsible for spearheading the implementation of the teaching, research, and service mission of the school in accordance with the Strategic Plan. The Dean is expected to play a pivotal role in seeking external support for the school’s programs in research and education, while providing leadership for the pursuit of national accreditations and excellent placements for graduates. 

More information about this opportunity can be found at: https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/dean-school-of-science-and-engineering-benedict-college

Nominations and Applications

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by March 30, 2022. To apply for the Dean of the School of Science and Engineering position, candidates are requested to submit the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae or resume;
  2. A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities in the position profile; and
  3. Contact information for five professional references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

Application materials (Word or PDF) should be sent to: BenedictDeanSciEng@agbsearch.com   

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged. Please direct them to: BenedictDeanSciEng@agbsearch.com or to the consultants listed below:

Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, Executive Search Consultant,
Gwendolyn.boyd@agbsearch.com
(301) 538-1019

Dr. Carlton Brown, Executive Search Consultant,
Carlton.brown@agbsearch.com
(912) 247-8661

Benedict College is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and South Carolina State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Benedict College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran’s status. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. and complete employment eligibility verification paperwork.

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