George Washington University — Dean, College of Professional Studies

The George Washington University (GW), a world-class research and teaching institution dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders, seeks an experienced, creative, and inspiring individual to serve as the next Dean for the College of Professional Studies. 

The College of Professional Studies was founded twenty years ago with high aspirations and expectations. From the start, this new college was granted authority to hire full-time faculty and award academic degrees. Degrees offered by CPS include four Bachelor completion degrees, and Master’s degrees in areas such as Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management, Paralegal Studies, Publishing, and Sustainable Urban Planning.

The College of Professional Studies also serves as a hub of practical excellence by hosting an array of innovative schools and centers, which are designed to achieve successful, real-world results for organizations, individuals and communities, and society at large. These schools and centers include the Graduate School of Political Management, the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, GW Cyber Academy, and the Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy.

GW believes that the pathway to preeminence begins with a fundamental commitment to academic excellence. The next dean of CPS will engage faculty and staff in the work to achieve focused excellence across all CPS units and programs.  The next Dean will build from the strong existing foundation of high-quality professional programs – both for-credit and non-credit – to realize our shared vision for a world-class professional studies college at the University. Some key opportunities that await the next Dean include: establishing a vision; building an organizational structure that invites a culture of innovation; expanding CPS’s integration and collaboration across the University; identifying opportunities for expanded student enrollment; enhancing diversity and inclusion; and utilizing GW’s ideal Washington, D.C., location.

The successful candidate will be an experienced, strategic, and visionary leader with a passion for continuing and professional education. A record of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, effective communication skills, and the interest in and ability to interact successfully with internal and external constituencies is critical.

Significant experience in a highly complex enterprise, a collaborative leadership style, the highest standards of personal ethics and integrity, and an understanding of the continuing and professional education landscape in Washington, D.C., the nation, and the world are essential qualities for the next Dean. 

The next Dean will have a proven track record of significant external achievements, collaborative accomplishments, academic credibility, and proven organizational leadership. Familiarity with Washington D.C., especially with the federal government and military, would be useful. 

The successful candidate will possess advanced academic and professional credentials (terminal degree preferred), and a minimum of fifteen years of substantial professional experience. 

For the complete position profile, please visit: here 

For best consideration, all applications, nominations, and confidential inquiries should be sent as soon as possible to:

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director
Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Lindsay Allison, Senior Associate 

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