Dean of the College


Washington and Lee University

Dean of the College

Washington and Lee University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College.

Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee is the ninth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is among the most selective and highly regarded universities in the nation, combining a rich history of liberal arts education with a commitment to meeting the educational challenges of the future. U.S. News and World Report ranks W&L among the top 10 National Liberal Arts Colleges. The university prides itself on the strength and complementarity of its three divisions: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, and The School of Law. Washington and Lee currently enrolls 1,822 undergraduate and 361 law students. It has 215 full-time faculty members in the two undergraduate divisions and 28 in the School of Law.

Washington and Lee is deeply committed to creating a diverse and nurturing academic community. Its aim is to attract geographically, racially, and socio-economically diverse applicant pools in order to recruit qualified students, faculty, and staff who will carry forth the personal, ethical, and intellectual characteristics that have always characterized the W&L community.

Located in Lexington, Virginia, a historic and lively city of 7,000 residents, Washington and Lee is a two-hour drive to the state capital, Richmond, and a three-hour drive to Washington, D.C. The area features strong public schools, a variety of cultural events, and—with close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Maury River—rich opportunities for outdoor activities. Lexington is also home to the Virginia Military Institute, and 13 other four-year colleges and universities are located within approximately 75 miles of the city. The W&L campus is renowned for its historical significance, and the front campus is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Reporting to the provost, the dean serves as the chief academic officer of the College. The ideal candidate will have a deep sense of intellectual curiosity, distinguished educational achievements, an intrinsically collaborative and transparent leadership style, a record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, demonstrated success with robust shared governance processes, and dedication to supporting academic freedom. The dean will have a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service commensurate with appointment as tenured professor within the College.

This position is expected to begin in the summer of 2021. Please send all nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest in confidence to:

Storbeck Search

Susan VanGilder, Partner

Holly Jackson, Senior Associate

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other applicable non-discrimination laws, Washington and Lee University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran's status, or genetic information in its educational programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment.