Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Position Overview

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The University of San Diego (USD) seeks a Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (Kroc School) who is an innovative, visionary, collaborative, and student-centered leader. Working in close partnership with the Senior Vice President & Provost, peer deans, and the Kroc School faculty and staff, the dean will lead this unique, highly entrepreneurial, and mission-driven school to its next level of positive global impact. In addition, the dean will be a visible leader on campus and in the community, modeling the Kroc School’s core values of academic excellence, compassion, curiosity, diversity, empathy, global awareness, innovation and practical experience.

Founded in 1949, USD is the youngest Catholic institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities. Informed by its core mission and values, and dedicated to the ongoing legacy of its founders, USD is committed to confronting humanity's urgent challenges and empowering our students to live fulfilling lives as responsible, global citizens. Ranked by Princeton Review as #3 in Quality of Life and #10 in Best Run Colleges, USD’s stunning campus is perennially recognized as one of the most beautiful and sustainable campuses in the country.

The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is the global hub for peacebuilding and social innovation. The Kroc School offers master's degrees in peace and justice, social innovation, humanitarian action, conflict management and resolution, and a dual degree in peace and law — programs that have attracted diverse and dynamic students from more than 50 countries. In addition to our graduate programs, the Kroc School hosts the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) and Spark @ USD, a Global Accelerator for Social Innovation. Through groundbreaking research, experiential learning, and forward-thinking programs, the Kroc School is shaping a future in which peaceful co-existence is the new normal.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of progressive leadership and management at an institution of higher education or similar/complimentary field; extensive knowledge of contemporary issues related to peacebuilding, social innovation and humanitarian action with an ability to inspire both internal and external constituencies to support and enhance the Kroc School's mission and vision; and a proven record of success in external relations and resource development, either through direct fundraising, “friend-raising,” grants, partnerships or other pathways. An advanced degree is required, with a terminal degree strongly preferred.

A complete Position Profile may be found at the link above. 

Nominations and Applications

The Dean of the Kroc School of Peace Studies Search Committee will begin the review of applications immediately and continue until an appointment is made. 

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by January 19, 2024 and must include:

  • a letter of interest addressing the strategic objectives and qualifications identified in the profile;
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of your contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers, including their relationship to the candidate (none of whom will be contacted without the permission of the candidate). 

Application materials should be submitted through the AGB Search portal system here: Dean, USD Kroc School.  Please direct questions regarding the application process to

The Dean of the Kroc School of Peace Studies Search is being assisted by AGB Search. Please direct nominations and expressions of interest to:

Matthew J. Kilcoyne
(202) 253-9846

Dawn Overstreet, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
(617) 817-6466

David Beacham
Executive Search Consultant
(864) 809-3248

The University of San Diego (USD) is dedicated to advancing academic excellence and creating a diverse and inclusive community. As an institution with a Catholic identity, the university is committed to creating and maintaining a work and educational environment that recognizes the dignity of each university community member. 

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