Dean, Carlson School of Management

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University of Minnesota

Dean, Carlson School of Management

The University of Minnesota invites nominations and applications for the position of dean of the Carlson School of Management (CSOM). Located near the influential business community of the Twin Cities, the school has been educating future business leaders for more than 100 years.

The next dean of the Carlson School will be a dynamic, engaged leader with strong interpersonal skills along with a proven track record of administrative and fundraising experience. The ideal candidate will have an innovative and inclusive management style, a capacity to integrate diverse interests and forge a common vision, and enthusiasm to support the success of highly-motivated students, faculty, staff, and alumni worldwide. Candidates will possess an earned doctorate or requisite terminal degree from an accredited higher education institution, along with experience and accomplishments that warrant an appointment as a tenured full professor in a top business school. The CSOM dean reports directly to the University’s Executive Vice President and Provost (EVPP), and serves as a member of the EVPP’s academic leadership team.

As the academic, administrative, and business community leader, the dean manages a school of more than 5,000 students, 142 faculty, ranked 10th in the world for the study of management, a deeply dedicated staff of 220, an operating budget of $130 million and a $305 million endowment. One of the first business schools to require an international experience, the Carlson School has 37 academic partners across the globe and boasts a community of 60,000 alumni in more than 100 countries.

The dean is responsible for promoting academic excellence of the educational and research missions of the University by providing leadership for undergraduate, graduate and executive education, delivered through 13 degree programs across seven academic departments within the Carlson School of Management. The dean leads and engages with CSOM faculty, program, and staff leadership to develop and implement a financially-sustainable strategy that leverages and optimizes existing programs and keeps the school at the forefront of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral business-related education, curriculum, and research. The dean should have a keen understanding of competition and trends in business education and the ability to manage and build a portfolio of educational programs to respond effectively to emerging competition. The dean will be a visionary, strategic, and inclusive leader, and someone who is committed to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. The dean will be responsible for the business community’s engagement with the school, including through its longstanding advisory board featuring nearly 50 C-suite leaders from around the globe. The dean will also enhance productive relationships with alumni and donors.

About the University of Minnesota

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses, is one of the most comprehensive universities in the country and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. In 1908, the University was elected into the Association of American Universities, one of the first to receive such recognition.  It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement. The University serves over 65,000 students on its five campuses; 50,000 of which are on the Twin Cities campus and housed in 18 Colleges and Schools. And, with 159 undergraduate, 135 masters, and 104 doctoral degree programs and professional degrees in dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine, the University offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, agriculture, and the professions.  With its 25,000 employees, significant student population, various research centers, and health care services, the University has an economic impact of $8.6 billion on the Minnesota economy annually.

Nominations and expressions of interest will be accepted until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration, though applications submitted by July 15, 2022, will receive full consideration. Applications and nominations should be submitted directly to Korn Ferry. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest, addressing the responsibilities above, electronically to Additional information is available on the UMN search website.

Victoria Antolini, Principal

Ken Kring, Co-Managing Director

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

The University shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.