Dean, School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Dean, School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions 

Cornell University Ithaca, New York


Cornell University seeks an innovative and visionary leader to serve as Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE). This is an opportunity to create and manage a strategic vision for the School, while advancing experiential learning, professional development opportunities, and promoting intellectual growth driven by educational and technological innovations. The Dean will join SCE at a time of tremendous opportunity as Cornell aspires to develop and implement SCE’s first ever degree program, which will expand Cornell’s historical founding and aspirational ethos of educating “any person” in “any study” by creating an online undergraduate degree for non-traditional students.


As a federal land-grant institution in New York State and a member of the Ivy League with $1.19 billion in research funding, Cornell upholds its commitment to making contributions in all fields of knowledge through teaching, research, and public service. 


The School currently draws upon the resources of all of Cornell's academic units and eCornell to offer high quality learning opportunities for Cornell students and others in summer and winter sessions, identifying needs and developing programs that most appropriately and effectively deploy Cornell's vast and varied educational resources.


Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of the SCE is a key  member of the academic leadership team, partnering  with deans, vice provosts, and vice presidents to advance and support a forward-thinking vision. The successful candidate will have a record of demonstrated leadership experience in continuing education with an  emphasis  on  developing new academic programs and appropriate organizational infrastructure. The new Dean will be a key thought leader in expanding Cornell’s continuing education programs and will provide strategic leadership in expanding access to a portfolio of high-quality academic programs that meet student, workforce, and societal needs, as well as deliver academic programs with alternative access and entry points. 


This is an outstanding opportunity for a visionary leader dedicated to the values, ideals, and mission of the  institution. The  ideal  candidate  will  bring  proven academic  administrative leadership;  the  ability  to engage others in developing and implementing an academic vision for the school; a deep understanding of change management; and demonstrated success with diversity and inclusion efforts. Cornell seeks a leader who will be a visible and active partner in the development and launch of innovative programs of outstanding quality. 


Cornell has retained Isaacson, Miller, a leading national search firm, to assist with this recruitment. Inquiries, nominations, and applications, in the form of a CV and cover letter, should be sent in strict confidence to 


Kate Barry, Partner

Alycia Johnson, Managing Associate 

Karson Freeman, Associate

Kira Hamilton, Search Coordinator