Dean, College of Health and Human Services



Wilmington, North Carolina




The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), a public doctoral research institution, and its College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), seek a strategic and collaborative leader to serve as its next Dean. This is a compelling opportunity to join a talented and cohesive leadership team in a college that is known for its nationally accredited programs, commitment to community health and engagement, and entrepreneurial and collegial culture. This is an important moment for community health and healthcare systems in southeastern North Carolina, whereby CHHS will contribute to the strategic direction of the university and meet the demand for quality healthcare education and employment in the region.  


The University of North Carolina Wilmington is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. Recently elevated to an R2 institution, UNCW is a residential, coastal university dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. As a member of a distinguished multi-institutional public higher education system, UNCW has a distinctive reputation for academic excellence and student engagement.  


The College of Health and Human Services has developed into a vibrant and diverse college since its founding in 2010, and its faculty, staff, and students contributed significantly to the university’s growth over the last decade. With a total of 330 faculty and staff and over 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students, CHHS boasts three professional schools: the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work; housed within new facilities that provide state-of-the-art laboratories, simulation learning spaces, and an interprofessional collaborative teaching clinic. CHHS prepares students for promoting wellness, treating illness and health-related interventions; transdisciplinary applied research practices that advance both the science and practice of health and human services; and service activities to help build healthier communities, while developing and strengthening the health and human services workforce.


Reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the College. The Dean will build on the strategic plan of the College and further strengthen academic programs and initiatives that will advance its mission of creating transformative learning experiences, advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activity, and engaging local and global communities. UNCW seeks an accomplished scholar with a track record of success in academic administration and with an understanding of and commitment to public higher education.




UNCW has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications in strict confidence to:


Pamela Pezzoli, Partner

Sharon Hansen, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


Electronic submission of application materials is strongly preferred.


The University of North Carolina Wilmington is committed to and will provide equal educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status or relationship to other university constituents—except where sex, age or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for state-funded employee benefit programs.