Dean, Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology and Foster College of Business

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Bradley University invites nominations and applications in its search for a visionary, multidisciplinary leader to serve as dean of the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) and the Foster College of Business (FCB). Previously, the two colleges each had their own deans. With both positions coming open at the same time, Bradley saw an opportunity to bring the leadership of the colleges under one dean who could help support the institution's goal of creating innovative educational experiences for students within these two colleges and advance the concept of convergence. In 2019, Bradley opened the Business and Engineering Convergence Center, which serves as the home of the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology and the Foster College of Business.

CCET has an enrollment of more than 800 undergraduate students across six majors and one minor. The college also serves over 40 graduate students across its five masters programs. FCB enrolls over 650 undergraduate students across nine majors, while serving an additional 650 students on campus through fifteen minors and electives. The college also serves more than 90 students at the graduate level through its Executive MBA, MBA and MS in Accounting programs.

Bradley University is a mid-sized, private, top-10 Midwest Regional University in Peoria, Illinois, which offers students the opportunities and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experiences of a smaller university. Bradley enrolls nearly 5,900 students (approximately 4,600 undergrads, 380 graduate students on campus and 900 graduate students online), employs approximately 1,300 people, has an annual operating budget of $161 million and an endowment of $309 million. 

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All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Bradley University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 16, 2021. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford and Jeff Compher at