Dean of the School of Business

Dean of the School of Business

George Mason University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Business. The University seeks a dean to create a model business school for the future. The dean will lead the School of Business with a collaborative, innovative, entrepreneurial, and strategic mindset, and with a dedication to continue elevating the reputation of the business school.

Founded in 1972 near Washington, D.C., George Mason University (Mason), is Virginia’s largest and fastest growing public research institution and recognized as an innovative university. Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies Mason as an R1: doctoral university-very high research institution. Mason garnered more than $200 million in sponsored research in 2020 and has the distinction of being home to two Nobel prizes. Ranked 15th nationally in ethnic diversity and top-20 in “Most Innovative Schools” by U.S. News & World Report, Mason serves more than 39,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states, with over 6,000 faculty and staff and 200,000 alumni. Mason’s 10 schools and colleges offer 78 undergraduate degrees with a variety of concentrations and 132 degree programs at the master’s and doctoral levels at its four campuses in Virginia and one in Songdo, South Korea.

Dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, the School of Business educates future business leaders through world-class academic programs, strategic business partnerships, and participation in innovative scholarship. At locations in Fairfax and Arlington, in the DC national capital region, and with more than 200 faculty and 90 staff, the School of Business serves over 4,000 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, and 35,000 alumni. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 100 for undergraduate business school programs and top 70 for part-time MBA programs, the School of Business is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The School of Business houses 5 centers and several specialized initiatives that bridge the educational experience for students with the business community.

The School of Business seeks to evolve into the model business school of the future -- interdisciplinary, industry-connected, and diverse. Succeeding in this endeavor will require a dean who is committed to the University’s and School’s mission and values. The Dean of the School of Business provides strategic leadership for the School’s academic activities, research, resources, and outreach initiatives. Of critical importance are outstanding relationship-building skills, fundraising, fiscal and budgetary ability, change management experience, and commitment to shared governance.

An earned terminal degree in business, economics, or related discipline is required. A record of teaching, research, and service meriting an appointment to the School’s tenured faculty as a full professor is highly preferred. While candidates with meaningful academic experience are preferred, candidates with substantial knowledge of higher education, who have a demonstrated record of success outside of universities, will be considered.

Additional information, including leadership profile, can be found here.

Nomination and Application Process

Application materials will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references. The committee is reviewing applications as they are received, so please submit materials to the following address:

George Mason University is being assisted in this search by Storbeck Search. Please submit inquiries, nominations, and applications materials to:
R. Thomas Fitch, Managing Director

Amanda Bennett, Senior Associate

Kate Phillips, Senior Associate

Storbeck Search

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George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.