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Jan 24 2023

Administrative Dean, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics

University of Delaware Newark, Delaware, United States

The University of Delaware (UD) invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Dean, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Reporting to UD’s Provost, the Dean is responsible for the leadership of the College including the development, operations, and sustained excellence of all academic programs across the College’s schools, departments, and interdisciplinary centers and institutes.

The University seeks a dynamic new Dean of its Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics who will bring together vision, leadership, and innovation to advance the College’s educational, research, and entrepreneurship programs with a strategic goal to enhance the College’s academic excellence and real-world impact.

Lerner College currently offers 17 undergraduate majors and 16 minors, nine master’s programs, and four doctoral programs (Economics, Economic Education, Hospitality Business Analytics, and Financial Services Analytics), with plans to grow its offerings under the guidance of the next dean. The Financial Services Analytics doctoral program is an interdisciplinary program reflecting an innovative collaboration among the Lerner College, the College of Engineering, and JP Morgan Chase. Additionally, Lerner College is a key stakeholder in the SWUFE-UD Institute of Data Science, a joint venture between the University and the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), a highly ranked university in China. The Institute enrolls 180 students annually who can study in China and the United States. It offers dual degrees from both institutions in three majors (Finance, Management Information Systems, and Operations Management).  Lerner College is AACSB accredited both at the college level and in Accounting.

Lerner College’s faculty are a prized resource of experts who are leaders in their fields, innovators in education, and noted advisors to business and governmental agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The faculty comprise 163 members across five departments (Accounting & MIS, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, and Hospitality & Sport Business Management), serving nearly 3,300 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students.  There is also an engaged, loyal alumni network that supports our students and programs, both financially and with human capital. The College seeks a new dean who will build on our existing successes while creating new opportunities for our community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Lerner College’s educational excellence is reflected in national rankings.  The online MBA program is ranked #28 (of 328 programs) by U.S. News & World Report (2022), while the undergraduate business program is ranked among the top 100 by both Poets & Quants and U.S. News & World Report (2022). Enrollments in Lerner College’s undergraduate majors are robust and growing, boasting five of the most popular 25 undergraduate majors across the entire University, with the Class of 2026 representing the largest in Lerner College’s 100-year history. Notably, Lerner College’s online MBA program is the largest graduate program at the University.

The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics is at a defining moment with significant opportunities to elevate the stature of the College through a continued commitment to academic excellence.  The ideal candidate is expected to be a transformational leader with a demonstrated ability to cultivate and grow the research and innovation agenda, while at the same time upholding a deep commitment to education excellence at all levels.  Additional information about the position and search, including the formal Position Specification are available on the Search Website.

The University of Delaware is located in Newark, DE, a suburban campus at the center of the Northeast corridor, within driving distance to Washington, D.C.; New York City; Philadelphia; and Baltimore. The campus combines elegant landscaping and classic Georgian architecture with modern, state-of-the-art teaching, research, performance and residential spaces.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately, and will continue until an appointment is made. The University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications. To be ensured of full consideration, interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae along with a bullet point summary of key accomplishments in each leadership role held. The University of Delaware has retained Ilene H. Nagel, John D. Simon, and Charles E. Kaler of Education Executives, LLC to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent via e-mail to:

Ilene H. Nagel, John D. Simon & Charles E. Kaler
Education Executives, LLC

The University of Delaware is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, veteran or disability status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes. The Career Center at the University of Delaware will work solely with employers that abide by the University’s equal opportunity standards.

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Administrative.

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