Dean - Beacom School of Business

Dean - Beacom School of Business


USD President Sheila K. Gestring and the Beacom School of Business Dean Search Committee are on a quest to identify the business school’s next dean. The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, innovative visionary who values all Beacom programs, students, faculty and staff, and who celebrates their successes.


Founded in 1862 on the banks of the Missouri River in Vermillion, South Dakota, the University of South Dakota is the state’s flagship institution and its designated liberal arts university. USD is home to the state’s only medical and law schools as well as the state’s first and longest-standing College of Fine Arts. For more than 150 years, USD has produced the state’s leaders, thinkers, politicians, judges, medical professionals, entrepreneurs and more.


The Beacom School of Business is home to four divisions with 41 full-time faculty, 10 staff members and two main outreach centers. In addition to holding AACSB accreditation, a number of the school’s programs have been recognized as amongst the best in the nation. Beacom activities related to thought leadership, engagement and societal impact encompass the standards set of the AACSB. The school adopts a capacious view of its role in research, and focuses on pedagogical excellence, significant scholarly in service contributions, and the practical application of knowledge. With a 97% placement rate within six months post-graduation for undergraduate and graduate students, the Beacom School of Business provides students with a world-class business education that prepares them for rewarding careers.


The new dean will value the extraordinary relationships faculty and staff maintain with students and will be committed to supporting the special bond between faculty, staff and students that is the hallmark of a Beacom education. The dean will provide transformative leadership for Beacom at a time of increased competition for students and funding, creating a strategic vision and maintaining a strategic planning process focused on the continued development of future business leaders. The dean will also engage in strategic enrollment management planning, develop and expand existing relationships with business

leaders across the region, strategically attract and manage financial resources for Beacom, and will apply knowledge of trends in business-related fields to develop improved academic programs and continuing education opportunities.


Vermillion, South Dakota, is a historic Missouri River town nestled along the bluffs on the north bank of the river. Found near the convergence of South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa, Vermillion is within driving distance of several major cities. A town of 10,000 hosting a university of 10,000 is in a unique position to combine small town charm with big city amenities. USD provides the largest payroll in town and draws large crowds at campus cultural and athletic events. Vermillion prides itself on a progressive attitude and a safe, welcoming environment. Residents enjoy recreation on the last natural stretch of the pristine Missouri River along with hiking and biking trails.


Successful candidates will possess:


  • Significant executive experience in leadership roles, including effective hiring, strategic thinking, and superb organization skills
  • High academic standards and a commitment to supporting educational opportunities for all.
  • An inspirational, empowering, approachable communication style that promotes relationships.
  • A track record of working successfully in a shared governance context.
  • Strong fiscal stewardship and evidence of fundraising success
  • Experience with a public policy landscape similar to South Dakota’s and familiarity with Midwestern culture.


The Search Profile, with additional information about the University of South Dakota, the opportunities

for the Dean, and instructions for application, may be found at:




Nominations and Applications


The application deadline for best consideration is February 14, 2023. The search will remain open until the appointment is made.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A resume
  • A letter of interest
  • The contact information for five references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).


Application materials should be sent to:


Nominations and expressions of interest in the Dean position are encouraged. Please direct them to or to the AGB search consultants listed below:


Fred Moore, Senior Executive Search Consultant - / (712) 299-2544

Richard Wueste, Senior Executive Search Consultant - (719) 480-3050


In accordance with the South Dakota Board of Regents Policy 1:19, the institutions under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents shall offer equal opportunities in employment and for access to and participation in educational, extension and other institutional services to all persons qualified by academic preparation, experience and ability for the various levels of employment or academic program or other institutional service, without discrimination based on sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination. The Board reaffirms its commitment to the objectives of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in accordance with the state and federal law. Redress for alleged violations of those laws may be pursued at law or through the procedures established by the provisions of 1:18 of this policy.