Dean of the Strome College of Business
Old Dominion University (ODU) seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader who will play a central role in shaping the success, growth, and future of the Strome College of Business. The dean will lead efforts in promoting excellence in student learning, research, teaching, and community engagement; demonstrate an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion; attract external resources and fundraise; and support the university’s leadership role in regional economic development and entrepreneurship.
ODU, located in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, is an R1 public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world, through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. With more than 24,000 students, ODU provides rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia’s economy. With over 160,000 alumni, ODU has a 94 percent employment rate for its graduates within six months, with a dedication to producing top talent to the Hampton Roads region and Virginia. ODU provides educational opportunities for active military, veteran students, and their families, and is ranked as the top “Best for Vets” school in Virginia, with 25 percent of their student body being military affiliated.
The Strome College of Business (SCB) has the mission “to educate and inspire our students, professionals, and communities to achieve their fullest potential, within a collaborative, entrepreneurial and inclusive scholarly environment”. With over 24,000 alumni, the SCB currently enrolls over 3400 students, offering 18 degrees across undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate education with business leaders, mentors, and partnerships. The SCB is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for both business and accounting, placing the college among the top five percent of business programs in the world, and is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for the Masters of Public Administration program.
The next dean of the SCB will be a visionary and seasoned leader, dedicated to stewarding the significant growth in education, scholarship, and innovation at ODU. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean will provide academic and administrative leadership that enhances and elevates the world-class business education, research, and student experience for the SCB. The dean will oversee the annual operating budget of $20.9 M and work in partnership across other colleges and with external stakeholders on resource development, fundraising initiatives, and collaboration.
The dean will be responsible for leading the administrative and academic staff for the SCB, providing visionary direction that aligns with the University’s strategic plan, ensures the continued success of all programs, centers, and departments, and embodies the vision and mission of the SCB as the external-facing advocate across the campus, business industry, and community.
The successful candidate will bring a strong record of executive leadership responsibilities for complex organizations, expertise in business education, scholarship, and entrepreneurial innovations, demonstrated strategic planning and fiscal management prowess, experience with business accreditation requirements, a passion for student success, recruitment, and retention, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff.
An earned doctorate degree in one of the disciplines in the college, as well as a combination of distinguished scholarship, teaching, and professional accomplishments which merit appointment as a full professor with tenure are required.
For a full position profile, please visit here: https://assets.storbecksearch.com/files/resources/odu-stromedean-pd.pdf
The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically as soon as possible. Applications should include a letter of interest that outlines a vision for the Strome College of Business at ODU, a curriculum vita, and five professional references. References will not be contacted until later in the process and only with the candidate’s permission. All materials will be considered in full confidence. Please send nominations, inquiries, and applications electronically to ODUStromeDean@storbecksearch.com.
Tom Fitch, Managing Director
Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Amanda Bennett, Senior Associate
Kate Phillips, Senior Associate
Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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