Dean, University College




Tufts University seeks an innovative and visionary leader to serve as Dean of University College. This is an opportunity to provide strategic leadership while creating pathways for access to a Tufts education at any point in a student's journey of lifelong learning, advancing a model of “Tufts for Life.” The Dean will join University College at a time of tremendous growth and will have the exciting opportunity to spearhead the expansion of programs and develop new courses driven by educational and technological innovations.  


University College was founded in 2018 with the goal of expanding the reach of Tufts University. Serving a total of nearly 7,500 matriculated and non-degree students each year, University College embraces students at every stage of their academic, professional, and personal lives, reaching populations of learners for whom a full-time, residential degree in a traditional discipline is not the right option.  Current year-round offerings serve high school students, visiting undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, and lifelong learners seeking career retraining, new life skills, and intellectual enrichment.  Offerings include workshops, courses lasting from a few days to a full semester, innovative programs, and certificates. University College is integrated into the University through close partnerships with faculty and the deans of Tufts’ 11 other schools. 

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of University College 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 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. University College seeks a leader who will be a visible and active partner in the development and launch of innovative programs of outstanding quality rooted in Tufts’ mission of access and academic excellence.  




Tufts University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in its identification and review of candidates. All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be sent in confidence to:


Kate Barry, Partner

Alycia Johnson, Managing Associate 

Quizayra Gonzalez, Senior Associate


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