Senior Executive Director, Executive Education & Chief Executive Education Officer

Senior Executive Director, Executive Education & Chief Executive Education Officer

The Opportunity
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society. 

The Executive Education Center originated in Ann Arbor, MI, USA in 1935 and by the 1940’s was offering an array of courses, workshops, and conferences with an overwhelming response from corporations. Today, the Center offers approximately 30 different public program offerings and a variety of custom programs annually serving several thousand business executives around the world.  We deliver programs globally, wherever our corporate clients request. We are proud that both our open enrollment and custom programs for Executive Development are highly regarded.  Leadership Excellence Magazine consistently rated Michigan’s Executive Education Leadership Development programs #1 from 2008-2013 (ranking has been discontinued.) The Financial Times ranks Michigan Ross Executive Education among the top 10 providers in the world. 

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Executive Programs, the Senior Executive Director, Executive Education and Chief Executive Education Officer (“CEEO”) is responsible for providing leadership for the delivery of high quality custom and open enrollment executive education programs worldwide. Michigan Ross Executive Education provides hands-on development to middle and senior level executives in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors of business, inspiring them to embrace a fundamentally new way of thinking that raises their values. Included are the development, design, marketing, sales, and implementation of new programs to meet client needs and to further the School’s mission of bridging theory and practice. 

The ideal candidate will have a deep, demonstrated understanding of—and commitment to—the values and mission of executive education adult learning. They will have 8+ years of relevant experience in leading and managing an organization at the senior executive level. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degrees is strongly preferred. 

Michigan Ross has retained Korn Ferry, a national executive recruiting firm, to assist with this search. All nominations, inquiries, and application materials should be submitted in confidence to Korn Ferry. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted to the search firm assisting the university by Friday, September 16th. 

Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm assisting the university at the contact information below:

Victoria Antolini, Principal
Ken Kring, Senior Client Partner
Michigan Ross specific email:

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.