Dean, College of Engineering

Drexel University seeks nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering. Drexel University is one of the most innovative, exciting, and entrepreneurial research universities in America. Founded in 1891, the University is now recognized as a national research university with global reach and as a worldwide leader in experiential education. Engineering has been a key discipline for Drexel since its founding, placing the College of Engineering prominently in the University’s historic identity and securing its place in the University’s future strategic direction. Currently the College enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The College’s pioneering co-operative education program for undergraduates continues to serve a pillar of its curriculum. The College of Engineering is comprised of seven departments and hosts 135 full-time faculty and 64 full-time staff.

As the chief academic officer of the College, the Dean of Engineering reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the College of Engineering. A key member of the University’s leadership, the Dean must be an internal advocate for the College within Drexel and have the ability to work across disciplinary and school boundaries. The next Dean will bring a strong commitment to the recruitment, retention, and post-graduate placement of a diverse group of excellent students, as well as the recruitment and retention of a diverse group of outstanding faculty and staff.

This individual should be eligible for a tenured full professorship in the College of Engineering at Drexel.   The successful candidate will also have demonstrated success in strategic planning, program evaluation and development, generating new sources of revenue, recruiting dynamic faculty and staff, enrollment and market planning, and managing finances and budget.  The new Dean will have the aptitude to engage successfully with financial supporters, alumni, and outside advisory and oversight boards.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Drexel University will be assisted by Jackie Zavitz, Ellen Brown Landers, and J.J. Cutler of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. Nominations and applications, including a CV and a cover letter, should be directed to