Dean of the College of Extended Studies

Position Details

San Diego State University invites nominations or applications for a dynamic, innovative, creative and energetic individual with an entrepreneurial spirit to lead our College of Extended Studies in the process of transformative change. The Dean of the College of Extended Studies reports to the Provost and is a member of the Academic Deans' Council. The Dean supervises, directs and facilitates the planning, development, and administration of the following programs and areas: Special Sessions and Extension courses, Open University, Professional Development, Certificate Programs, American Language Institute, e-Learning Programs, Degree Programs, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Administrative Services. Importantly, the Dean is expected to lead the efforts in identifying the emerging needs for lifelong learning and creating the corresponding high-quality innovative programs for local, national, and international audiences.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban research university and a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. SDSU strives to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university seeks applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching, research and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

The SDSU College of Extended Studies has served more than 51,500 students over the past five years. The college has 150 staff positions, with a total annual budget for all programs of approximately $25 million. All of the extended studies programs are self-supporting. More detailed information about the College of Extended Studies can be found at

The mission of the College, working closely with the University's academic programs, community and corporate advisors, is to provide self-support education and training to enhance careers and transform lives and organizations. The College aspires to be recognized as the portal of opportunity at SDSU for collaboration with businesses, education, government and civil society. The University regards its Extended Education credit-bearing programs as an integral part of the institution. These programs are expected to meet the standards of quality that the institution sets for its other programs and courses with regard to resources, quality of faculty, level of instruction, evaluation, and support services.

The qualifications call for a combination of academic, administrative and strong financial management experience.

  • An earned doctorate or terminal professional degree is required.
  • Administrative and financial experience in higher education is required, with a preference for leadership, and a strong background in extended studies and continuing education in a public college or university.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational development, change management and interpersonal skills are required. This includes the ability to work effectively with the entire university community including faculty, staff and administration, as well as community and local business leaders. The Dean must build partnerships with San Diego's vibrant business and professional communities.
  • Demonstrated record of successful entrepreneurial accomplishments including self-support programs, programs using mediated/distance technologies, and the ability to secure financial support and to work with academic program areas is strongly desired.
  • Experience interfacing with academic leaders to coordinate the development of blended and fully online degree programs is strongly desired, as well as a track record of ensuring compliance with state and federal laws governing technology-mediated educational delivery (when instructor and student are not in the same place at the same time).
  • A working knowledge of the types of industries and businesses that have a presence in the San Diego area is desired, including biotechnology, communications, software and information technologies, e-commerce, U.S. military/Veterans Affairs, health care, local, regional, and state government and public service institutions, hospitality and tourism, education, and other relevant community partners (workforce partnerships, community/business liaison groups, and other private/public partnerships).
  • Demonstrated record of innovation relevant to San Diego State University’s international interests and programs is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with complex budgets associated with self-support programs is strongly desired, including a thorough understanding of Extended Studies rules and regulations as well as CSU employment agreements.

SDSU is one of the most diverse universities in the United States, with a population of over 34,000 students, including approximately 5,000 graduate students.  Founded in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas, doctorates in 22 areas, and a large number of credential and certificate programs. SDSU is currently designated as a “Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity” by the Carnegie Foundation.  During the past academic year, SDSU received a total of 707 external grants and contracts totaling nearly $134 million and over the last nine years, the university has raised $815 million in campaign contributions.  Additional information about the University is available at and the university’s strategic plan can be found at

Compensation/Expected Start Date: Compensation is competitive and based upon qualifications and experience. Expected starting date is July 1, 2018.

Nomination, Applications, and Inquiries

Nominations and application materials should be submitted by the target date of February 5, 2018 although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled.  Application materials must include:  1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and strategic priorities expressed in the position prospectus; 2) a resume; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact, including the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed.   References will only be contacted with permission of the candidates. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to:

Assisting the search will be Alan N. Crist, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search,, 608.695.0217. Prospective candidates are encouraged to initiate a conversation about this opportunity through email contact with Dr. Crist prior to submitting materials.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status