Ohio Northern University (ONU), an independent, selective and comprehensive university, seeks its next Dean of the Getty College of Arts and Sciences. The Dean will join a dynamic university team as chief administrative officer of the College at an opportune time in the College’s and University’s history. The dean will report directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and assume the position on or around July 1, 2017.

Founded in 1871, ONU consistently has reflected its founder’s vision of “providing a community of learning, rich with opportunities for intellectual and personal development.” The University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, instilling core values into its teachings while offering religious freedom on campus. With an enrollment of around 3,000 students from 40 states and 26 countries, ONU offers more than 70 programs of study.  

The University is situated in northwest Ohio in the historic village of Ada. Restaurants, shopping, and culture are available locally and in several nearby larger communities. Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo are within easy reach.

ONU is organized into five colleges: The Getty College of Arts and Sciences, The Pettit College of Law, the Smull College of Engineering, The Dicke College of Business Administration, and the Raabe College of Pharmacy.  The Getty College of Arts and Sciences is the largest with approximately 1200 students and 127 full-time faculty.  The College consists of 17 academic departments offering 50 undergraduate majors. Curricula in all programs are grounded in a rigorous liberal arts foundation.  Guiding the College is the vision that it will be nationally known for student achievements, outstanding faculty, creative and innovative programming in the liberal and fine arts, and excellence in professional and pre-professional education.

The faculty are both teachers and scholars.  A Student-Faculty ratio of 11:1 allows for student mentoring and high-impact practices such as research with faculty, service learning, and senior capstone experiences.  College programs are accredited by 12 different accrediting bodies.

Among items on the next Dean’s agenda will be to: establish a shared College vision/identity, moving forward a strategic agenda; persuasively advocate for the College; lead the College’s enrollment efforts; conduct College fundraising; provide effective leadership for the College’s administrative functions; ensure the continued strength and relevancy of the College’s academic programs; and mentor and support the College’s faculty and staff. 

Desired qualities/characteristics include demonstrated ability to: set high standards and lead change, advocate for the liberal arts and sciences, build community, effectively communicate, and increase commitment to active learning.  In addition the next dean will have an earned doctorate, preferably in a field found in the College, a demonstrated record as a teacher and scholar, three or more years of successful administrative experience including experience with budgeting, personnel and program review and development, and experience working across and outside institutional boundaries.


The Search Committee will begin review of applications immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  The full profile can be viewed at:

To ensure full consideration, materials should be received by Monday, February 13, 2017 and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and five professional references with e-mail addresses and phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without authorization from the applicant.  Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to:  Dr. Tena Roepke, Search Committee Chair at 

The search is being assisted by: Dr. Saundra Tracy, AGB Search,, 812-272-3149.

Ohio Northern University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.