Dean of the College of Business

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Valparaiso University, an independent, Doctoral/Professional University with a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum in Valparaiso, Indiana, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Business. 

Founded in 1859, Valparaiso was re-chartered in 1925 by a group of Lutheran clergy and laymen. Though strongly shaped by the Lutheran tradition, Valpo is independent of any church body and is welcoming of those from all faith traditions. Valpo is nationally recognized for the quality and innovative character of its academic programs. It is ranked among the leading, private, professional/doctoral universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and is consistently recognized nationally for the quality of its undergraduate teaching. 

The University offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and more than 40 graduate degree and certificate programs, including doctoral degrees in nursing practice and occupational therapy. It currently enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduates and over 500 graduate students. These students are taught by over 300 full-time faculty, creating an 11:1 student/ faculty ratio and an average class size of 21. 

The University includes six colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of the six; the College of Business; the College of Engineering, ranked 13th in the nation in its classification; the College of Nursing and Health Professions; the Graduate School and Continuing Education; and Christ College, the third-oldest honors college in the nation. It has satellite study centers in Cambridge, England; Hangzhou, China; San José, Costa Rica; and Reutlingen, Germany. 

The College of Business, AACSB-accredited since 1993, is rated as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Business Programs in the nation. In addition to accounting, finance, international business, management, and marketing, recently added programs include business analytics, supply chain and logistics management, and integrated business and engineering.

The Innovation Hub, dedicated in 2017, adds an interdisciplinary focal point built around fostering entrepreneurial relationships with Valpo students and the Valparaiso community. The College is home to the interdisciplinary Journal of Values-Based Leadership, founded in 2008, which promotes ethical and moral leadership and behavior by serving as a forum for ideas and the sharing of “best practices.”

 Valpo seeks a dean for the College of Business who is entrepreneurial and who embraces a team environment, is a skillful manager of change, and is willing to work with colleagues in a spirit of partnership, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.   In addition to providing effective administration and leadership, the new dean will also have a major and increased role in external relations, creating and stewarding partnerships in the greater Chicagoland area and beyond, and resource generation.  The new dean will be able to build on the college’s successful history of innovative programming, teaching excellence, and experiential learning to achieve new and greater successes in developing entrepreneurial and impactful business leadership.  Reflective of the University’s Lutheran heritage, the College of Business is committed to values-based leadership, ethical entrepreneurship, and environmental stewardship.  Thus, the new dean will not only be the chief executive of the College, but will also provide the values-based leadership necessary to ensure that its mission remains at the forefront of all that it does. To meet these leadership opportunities, the new dean will have the support of the dedicated and creative faculty and staff of the College, the senior leadership team of the University, and an uncommonly collegial University faculty and staff.

The ideal candidate will have academic credentials commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor, significant administrative experience in an AACSB-accredited institution, a history of successful external relations and resource generation, a deep understanding of higher education, resonance with Valpo’s Lutheran Christian ethos, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Nominations and Applications

For full consideration, applications should be received by May 16, 2020.  For further information and instructions to applicants, please review the prospectus, downloadable above. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without the applicant’s expressed permission.

Inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent to:

or directed to:

Robert Holyer, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant

804-708-0834 (office) / 804-402-6736 (cell)

Valparaiso University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Valparaiso is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.