Founding Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine

Position Details

TCS Education System who is in the early stages of establishing a medical school is seeking the Founding Dean to lead the establishment of a College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a System of affiliated colleges TCS’s mission is to advance student success and community impact. The location is yet to be solidified, however, it is likely to be in either Memphis, Tennessee, Wichita, Kansas, or Chicago. As the Founding Dean, this start-up role will afford the incumbent the opportunity to establish an innovative curriculum, recruit premier faculty, and set the strategic vision for an institution dedicated to addressing the critical shortage of medical doctors. This new College of Osteopathic Medicine will have connectivity and receive infrastructure support from TCS Education System for admissions, marketing, finance/accounting, information technology and curriculum and instructional design. The initial employment relationship will be to TCS Education System and once the legal entity of the College is established, that employment relationship will transfer to the College. The target start date for the Dean is end of May 2019.

The Dean shall be responsible for and have the authority for:

  • Developing an education program of study in accordance with the essentials specified by medical degree requirements and accreditation standards
  • Securing clinical rotation sites for students
  • Selecting high quality faculty and staff
  • Selecting the first class of highly motivated, qualified students
  • Directing the processes that assure accreditation compliance
  • Creating a premier scholarly environment for students and faculty
  • Building curriculum to teach advanced medical tools and technology
  • Preparing and administering the annual budget and forecasts
  • Managing the conduct and quality of the medical education program and ensuring the adequacy of faculty at the campus
  • Keeping the medical school CEO and the faculty fully apprised of the educational and financial status and achievements necessary to start and grow the institution
  • Supporting activities that enable student financial assistance and loans
  • Overseeing the faculty in the development and maintenance of high-quality instruction, scholarship, retention and graduation rates
  • Liaising with students, staff, faculty, alumni and community to ensure the successful delivery of commitments
  • Providing oversight for the COM clinical departments
  • Advising on the build out of office and laboratory space and other facilities within the college


  • An earned DO degree from a COCA accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • An unrestricted medical license at some time in career, free of disciplinary actions or sanctions
  • Board certification at some time in career
  • At least five years of proven experience within the last ten years in academic leadership roles that include budget management authority
  • A distinguished record of teaching, management, and service in a medically- related college environment
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity to establish an environment of excellence in curriculum design, scholarly activity, and patient care
  • High level of interpersonal and written communication skills that engender credibility and trust
  • Experience as a Dean or Associate Dean of an osteopathic medical school
  • Demonstrated success leading an organization that has a complex and fast- changing environment

We are seeking candidates who desire an innovative leadership role, who expect and enjoy interactions with people. As a visionary and entrepreneurial scholar, the perfect candidate will possess a natural affinity for growing the institution. Knowledge of fiscal and operational management is expected. A track record of productive interactions with hospitals and clinics for rotations is essential. Having worked in other medical schools and having secured clinical rotation opportunities is paramount. TCS Educational system offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

About TCS Education System

TCS Education system was founded in 2009 as a nonprofit organization with a mission of preparing innovative, engaged, purposeful agents of change who serve our global community. TCS Education system features a network of specialized institutions, which are backed by a model of education that prepares socially responsible, culturally competent professionals in applied fields such as psychology, law, health care, and education. TCS Education system partners – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School, Dallas Nursing Institute, and Saybrook University – each offer scholarship, training, and service opportunities directed to a specific career path while providing a transformative educational experience. For more information, visit

Nominations and Applications

To apply please submit a letter of interest, cv, and three references  to: by April 1, 2019.

The search is assisted by:

Richard L. Torgerson, Executive Search Consultant, / 563-380-4919

TCS Education System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.