Dean, McCombs School of Business

University of Texas at Austin

Dean, McCombs School of Business

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) seeks an experienced and innovative leader with strategic vision to serve as the next Dean of the McCombs School of Business (McCombs).

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the flagship of The University of Texas System, which includes nine academic universities and six health institutions statewide. Founded in 1883, UT Austin ranks among the 40 best universities in the world. The University has grown to a 431-acre main campus, enrolling over 51,000 students studying in nearly 120 bachelor degree programs and over 220 graduate programs across 18 colleges and schools, with a faculty of 3,100 supported by 21,000 professional staff. The University also includes the nearby, 223-acre Pickle Research Campus that is home to the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Institute for Geophysics.

The McCombs School of Business is a premier business school and has a longstanding reputation for producing cutting-edge knowledge and sharing that knowledge with undergraduate students, graduate students, and executives. McCombs’ broad mission, as a part of the University, is to educate approximately 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students annually. McCombs proudly stewards a diverse portfolio of degree programs: BBA (8 distinct majors) and the Canfield Business Honors Program; MBA (Full-time, Executive, Working Professional); Integrated and Traditional Masters in Professional Accounting (MPA); 6 self-funded, one-year master’s (MS) programs (Business Analytics, Finance, Health Care Transformation, Information Technology Management, Marketing, Technology Commercialization); and PhD (Accounting, Finance, IROM, Management, Marketing). McCombs has more programs ranked in the top 10 than any other public school; the graduate accounting program has been top ranked by US News & World Report (3/2020) for the last 14 years. The school has 204 full-time faculty (equivalent) consisting of 125 tenured and tenure track faculty and 79 professional faculty (in various capacities). The School’s faculty are world- leaders in business research, ranked 12th (in the UTD rankings) for research productivity in the top academic journals.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Texas at Austin, the Dean of the McCombs School of Business is the administrative, academic and community leader of the school. The Dean manages a team of 7 direct reports, with an operating budget of $140M and a $385M endowment.  The Dean is responsible for working with faculty, program leadership, and staff leadership to develop and implement a financially sustainable strategy that leverages and optimizes McCombs’ existing programs and keeps the School at the forefront of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral business-related education, curriculum, and research. The Dean should have a keen understanding of competition in business education and the ability to manage and build a portfolio of educational programs to respond effectively to emerging competition. The successful candidate will have strong leadership and interpersonal skills, have demonstrated administrative and fundraising ability, a dynamic management style, a capacity to integrate diverse interests and forge a common vision, and enthusiasm to match the energy of highly motivated students, faculty, staff, and accomplished alumni from around the globe. 

The Dean is expected to have a record of distinguished achievement that demonstrates the ability to further develop a complex enterprise, while providing outstanding leadership to the McCombs School of Business. The candidate will have experience appropriate to the Dean’s role and responsibilities, an earned doctorate in an appropriate field, and distinguished scholarly accomplishment, and/or comparable professional achievements that merit appointment at the rank of a full professor. 

Nominations and expressions of interest will be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications and nominations should be submitted directly to Korn Ferry. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest, addressing the responsibilities above, electronically to McCombsDean@kornferry.com

Ken Kring, Co-Managing Director, and Victoria Antolini, Senior Associate

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing an inclusive educational environment in which all students, faculty, and staff can learn, research, create, work and thrive free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, and misconduct. As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UT Austin complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.