Bucknell University — Dean, Freeman College of Management

Bucknell University, a highly selective, private, nonsectarian, coeducational, residential liberal arts university, seeks a collaborative and visionary leader to serve as the Kenneth W. Freeman Professor and Dean of the Kenneth W. Freeman College of Management (Freeman College of Management; the College). This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead an eminent, AACSB-accredited college as it builds upon its considerable successes and charts a course for the future. The Freeman College of Management manifests outstanding teaching and scholarship, considerable existing programmatic strengths, strong relationships, and real-world experiences, built from a century of outstanding teaching and scholarship within the College of Arts and Sciences. Springing from these extraordinary strengths, the Freeman College of Management was established as the third college at Bucknell in July 2017. 

Student experiences are at the core of the Bucknell University mission, and students are presented with numerous opportunities to participate in academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities. The establishment of the Freeman College of Management has positioned Bucknell to offer a truly distinct, interdisciplinary undergraduate experience in management education, providing Bucknell students with an innovative, experiential education in the context of one of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities. 

The Freeman College of Management is currently comprised of four academic departments – the Department of Accounting & Financial Management, the Department of Analytics & Operations Management, the Department of Management & Organizations, and the Department of Markets, Innovation & Design, which are home to majors in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Global Management, Management & Organizations, Managing for Sustainability, and Markets, Innovation & Design. The college also offers several minors, including a minor in real estate as well as a minor in management that is specifically for students from outside of the College who wish to gain business and leadership skills to apply in any field.

As the leader of the Freeman College of Management, the dean will have the distinct opportunity to continue the work of developing and refining a first-in-class undergraduate college of management. Reporting to the Provost, they will develop, effectively communicate, implement, and promote collaborative partnerships not only within and across Freeman College of Management departments but across the University. They will be an advocate for the Freeman College of Management within the University and more broadly in the field of management, generating a wide array of philanthropic support that champions current and future goals.

The dean will be welcomed to campus at a time of great strength and broad opportunity. The College’s new state-of-the-art home Holmes Hall was opened in July 2021. One of the largest academic buildings, it quickly became a nexus for the College and a gathering place for collaborative engagements with faculty and students from across the University. The University’s strategic plan, the Plan for Bucknell 2025, presents the dean with boundless opportunities for the development of programming that builds upon the intersections between departments and among the University’s three colleges.

Bucknell University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm as indicated at the end of this document.


Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: http://www.imsearch.com/8850. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Jackie Mildner, Partner
Dan Rodas, Partner
Tim Lanigan, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
Boston, MA

Bucknell University values a diverse college community and is committed to excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. Bucknell University is an equal opportunity employer.