Dean, School of Business and Public Administration

Dean, School of Business and Public Administration

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications from inspiring, collaborative, and inclusive leaders to serve as the University's next Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration.

The University
Founded in 1965 with classes officially starting in 1970, CSUB is a continuously growing comprehensive regional university located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Committed to transforming the lives of its students and community through established excellence in academia, diversity, service and community engagement the University offers 45 undergraduate degree programs, 21 master's degree programs and a doctoral program in educational leadership. CSUB has been consistently recognized nationally as providing great affordability and "bang for its buck" to its students and has been ranked near the top of all U.S. universities in terms of "added value" and upward mobility.

CSUB supports ongoing social, cultural and economic development in the region and is nationally recognized for inclusivity and social mobility. Deeply committed to diversity, inclusivity, and equity the University aims to uplift, validate and support students of all backgrounds. As a testament to its commitment to diversity, CSUB has received federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and proudly embraces a student body in which nearly 80% come from diverse backgrounds including: 63% Hispanic or Latinx, 7% Asian, 6% Black or African American, and 18% White or Caucasian.

Serving more than 11,000 students, CSUB places student success and academic excellence at the center of everything it does and strives to be a model for supporting and educating students to become knowledgeable, engaged, innovative and ethical leaders in the regional and global community. In addition to its main campus, CSUB's Antelope Valley campus, approximately 90 miles south, offers critical higher education opportunities in the region, allowing students to pursue bachelor's degrees, master's degrees or teaching credentials where they live and work.

CSUB collaborates with partners throughout Bakersfield and Kern County to increase the region's overall educational attainment, enhance residents' quality of life, and support economic development. With more than 60% of CSUB's 53,000+ alumni remaining in the region to work in and contribute to their community, graduates have made an indelible impact through their success in every sector - from education to healthcare to agriculture - fueling Kern County's regional economy and supporting the local community.

The School of Business and Public Administration
The School of Business and Public Administration (BPA) offers a variety of degrees which prepares tomorrow's business and community leaders. The areas include BS in Business Administration (BSBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), BA in Public Administration (BAPA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), MS in Health Care Administration (MS-HCA), Master of Science in Administration, BS in Economics, BS in Environmental Resource Management, and BS in Agricultural Business. The business degrees offer a breadth of focused concentrations. The BSBA, MBA, and BS in Economics programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Research is strongly supported by the School through workload adjustments and professional development funding, but the primary focus of the School is on student success Most programs and concentrations are supported through the activities of associated student organizations and advisory groups. The School has an increasing focus on student success and has made impressive progress in terms of retention and graduation rates. The School has 29 full-time faculty and is supported by budget of $12 million. For more information about BPA, please visit .

Position Summary
The Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration serves as the School's chief academic officer, is a member of the Provost's Leadership Team, and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In leading the School, the Dean provides leadership and vision to the School's administration, academic programs, curriculum development, and faculty and staff development. In serving as the spokesperson for business education and public administration on campus and in the region, the Dean will also play a key role in leading the implementation of high quality academic programs; inspiring collaboration across the campus on instructional and research projects; maintaining and developing productive partnerships with business, industry, community leaders, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and healthcare organizations; collaborating with advancement and other university leadership to pursue significant philanthropic activities and other private support for the School; expanding external funding from grants and contracts; demonstrating a commitment to the education and training of business professional and leaders; collaborating with other deans to advance joint initiatives; and providing leadership in improving student success through innovations that enhance teaching and learning.
As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), CSUB embraces multicultural traditions and is highly focused on student success and meeting the educational needs of many first-generation, students of color, transfer, DACA, veteran, and international students. The Dean will have the opportunity to lead the School in advancing academic excellence through diversity and inclusion.

Required Qualifications
The Dean will be expected to be the primary academic leader for the School and will possess a record of significant scholarly and professional achievement enough to merit a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of professor in one of the School's departments. In addition, the Dean will have:

• An earned terminal degree in an appropriate field from an accredited institution of higher learning.
• A demonstrated commitment to providing students with a high-quality educational experience and effectively addressing issues related to student success.
• Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.
• Evidence of successful teaching experience at the university level in one of the disciplines represented in the School.
• Experience with AACSB and/or NASPAA accreditation.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to fostering and sustaining a culturally diverse academic environment.
• Experience with fiscal and human resources management.

For a complete position profile, please visit

Application / Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 31, 2023 and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Complete applications must include a current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and a diversity statement.

Nomination letters should include the contact information of the nominee. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Matt Herrera, Associate
SP&A Executive Search
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code "CSUB-BPA" in subject line

California State University, Bakersfield is an equal opportunity employer

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