University of South Carolina — Dean of the Darla Moore School of Business

The University of South Carolina invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of its Darla Moore School of Business. This leader will succeed Dr. Peter Brews, who has served in this role with distinction since 2014.

The University of South Carolina is a globally recognized, high-impact research university committed to a superior student experience and dedicated to innovation in learning, research, and community engagement. Founded in 1801, the university offers more than 350 degree programs to more than 46,000 students enrolled at one of 14 locations throughout the state, including the research campus in Columbia. With 47 nationally ranked academic programs including top-ranked programs in international business, the nation’s best honors college and distinguished programs in engineering, law, medicine, public health and the arts, the university is helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and around the world.

Founded in 1919, the Darla Moore School of Business (DMSB) has a history of innovative educational leadership, blending academic preparation with real-world experience through internships, consulting projects, study abroad programs and entrepreneurial opportunities. The DMSB has grown into a thriving site of academic excellence with an enrollment of 5,300 undergraduate students and more than 1,000 graduate/doctoral students. The DMSB offers a wide range of programs in nine undergraduate concentrations, seven master’s degree and two Ph.D. degrees as well as executive education programs and consulting services to the business community.

The Darla Moore School of Business has provided an outstanding business education to students who have gone on to become leaders in every business sector.  Known worldwide for its top-ranked programs in international business, the DMSB also boasts top 10-ranked supply chain programs and is home to a world-class faculty and 12 major research centers. The DMSB is committed to educating leaders in global business and to playing a central role in the economic growth of the state by bringing the world to South Carolina and South Carolina to the world.

In 1998, the DMSB was named for South Carolina native Darla Moore, making the University of South Carolina the first major university to name its business school after a woman.

This position offers a unique opportunity for a talented and committed individual to lead a well-established and dynamic unit of the university. The Dean is responsible for providing academic, strategic, and administrative leadership for the DMSB, for articulating a vision for business education, and for enhancing the strong relationships that exist between the DMSB with their alumni and the regional, national, and international business communities. 

The Dean is expected to have: (1) a thorough understanding of both the challenges and the opportunities facing business education; (2) the ability to recruit, retain, and develop excellent and diverse faculty, students and staff; (3) strong, financial, managerial and administrative skills; (4) the ability to effectively communicate, collaborate and lead  a wide range of stakeholders; (5) an understanding of the global dimensions of business  education; (6) appreciation for – and commitment to – the missions of teaching and research and (6) the ability to achieve success in both public relations and fund raising. The successful candidate will have a record of leadership experiences that can provide the foundation for prominence in an academic setting. Candidates should ideally have a doctoral degree (or its equivalent) and possess the qualifications – gained through academic or relevant industry endeavors – to receive a tenured appointment as Professor.

The Dean of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business will be presented with the opportunity to achieve the following professional and personal accomplishments:

  • Join the senior leadership team of an outstanding national research university and be part of its new generation of university executives.
  • Work directly with a world-class faculty who are committed to increased accomplishment in teaching and scholarship.
  • Develop a vision and strategy to unite the organization in delivering meaningful, measurable student outcomes.
  • Continue to enhance the reputation of the DMSB, propelling it toward higher levels of national and international prominence
  • Continue to assemble, develop, and be supported by an exceptional team of staff professionals all committed to the success of the DMSB
  • Ensure the recruitment, development, and placement of outstanding and motivated students
  • Oversee a diverse and professionally challenging portfolio of business education disciplines – and be at the forefront of integrating new business education strategies and delivery platforms into the existing portfolio of strategies and programs
  • Participate in the global discourse on business education and engage with the network of worldwide alumni and corporate partners

WittKieffer is assisting the University of South Carolina in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 19, 2022. Application materials should be submitted in PDF format using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.  

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: John K. Thornburgh and Cathryn Davis at SouthCarolinaBusinessDean@wittkieffer.com

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of Age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

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