Indiana University — Dean, Kelley School of Business

Indiana University (IU), the flagship public university of the state of Indiana and a member of the Association of American Universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the storied Kelley School of Business (KSB). Among the most renowned and pioneering business schools in the world, KSB has been a beacon for innovative scholarship and pedagogy for over 100 years. The Dean will lead a substantial enterprise in scale, complexity, and impact, with an outstanding faculty and talented student body spanning the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, a global cadre of online masters students, and nearly 130,000 alumni worldwide. The Dean will join a leading business school on a sustained growth trajectory for over two decades, with tremendous momentum and promise for the future. The Dean will be an innovative, entrepreneurial, and inclusive leader, joining at a critical inflection point for the School on the way to new heights of accomplishment and recognition.  

The Kelley School of Business is one of the largest and most well-respected business schools in the country, with the mission of transforming the lives of students, organizations, and society through management education, research, and service. Since its founding, the School has created momentum through foresight, innovation, and collaboration. KSB enrolls more than 15,000 students today across 30 programs. As a pioneer in many aspects of business education for several decades, KSB’s unique combination of an innovative faculty and a willingness to embrace change has been key to the School’s success. KSB faculty are regarded among the best in the world for their research productivity and the School consistently ranks among the top 15 worldwide in the University of Texas at Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings. With a total of 359 faculty members in eight academic departments across its two campuses, the Kelley School of Business is among the world’s premier business schools.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President at IU, the Dean will provide leadership for the academic, administrative, and public activities of the Kelley School of Business. The Dean will craft a vision for the future and devise a competitive strategy that will further establish the School’s distinctive brand as an innovative and entrepreneurial business school focused on both transformative pedagogy and impactful scholarship. The Dean will take full advantage of the School’s dual-campus structure by leveraging opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with academic units on the flagship campus in Bloomington and strengthening the Indianapolis campus through the expansion of corporate partnerships and the promotion of experiential learning opportunities for students. The Dean will sustain and strengthen the School’s scholarly enterprise by recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse faculty and work with the School’s three advisory councils to ensure that the curriculum is reflective of a dynamic and fast-paced global landscape and that all components of its degree portfolio are competitive, cutting edge, and impactful. 

The successful candidate will be a champion for teaching and scholarship, have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, high energy, political astuteness, a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and a personal style that engenders trust and respect. The Dean will be visible on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses and must have an appreciation and passion for the mission of public higher education. The Dean will be a compelling public representative of KSB to the world. 

The preferred start date of the Dean is July 1, 2023. Review of candidates will begin immediately; applications received by February 3, 2023, will be given full consideration, but the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. At a minimum, candidates should have a record of accomplishment as an academic or a practitioner in a field represented at the Kelley School of Business with a combination of education and/or professional experience to support a tenured appointment; such a record may include scholarly success, engagement with students, or other experiences that may qualify them to lead a Business School in a renowned R1 university. 

Indiana University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist the search committee, which includes faculty, staff, and students from both campuses. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (including—as separate documents—a cover letter, resume, and list of references) should be directed in confidence online to:  

Gale Merseth, Partner
Vijay Saraswat, Partner
Micah Pierce, Managing Associate
Isaacson, Miller 

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.