Rist Family Dean

University of Massachusetts Lowell, Robert J. Manning School of Business


Rist Family Dean


The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) seeks a visionary, creative, and inspirational leader for the position of Rist Family Dean of the Robert J. Manning School of Business. As one of the top 100 public universities in the country, with deep and mutually reinforcing ties to the technological and cultural nexus of Greater Boston, UMass Lowell has enjoyed dramatic growth in research funding, private giving, and student applications over the past eight years.


Located just 30 miles north of Boston, UMass Lowell is a Carnegie Classification High Research University and conducts more than $95 million in sponsored research annually, in large part due to innovative partnerships with industry, including many of the Boston area’s most well-known high-technology companies situated in close proximity to the university’s campus. UMass Lowell has a proud history of providing education in a variety of fields to qualified first-generation college students throughout Massachusetts and working closely with industry to contribute to the economic health of the region. The Manning School of Business has been a key driver of UMass Lowell’s mission of access and excellence since its formation in 1971, and it is poised for continued strong growth in the numbers and quality of its undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs.


The dean will join the Manning School at a time of great opportunity. Enrollment has grown, and new faculty clusters are injecting energy and innovation into Manning’s culture. The dean will capitalize on this momentum by developing a vision and a focused strategy that will emphasize entrepreneurship and innovation, growth in research, and the expansion of ties to industry and the community.


Reporting to the provost, the dean is the principal academic and administrative officer for the Manning School of Business, which has five academic departments: Management; Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation; Accounting; Operations and Information Systems; and Finance. The dean will provide leadership for school-wide efforts in contributing to the advancement of UMass Lowell as an excellent teaching and research institution and a national thought leader across its disciplines, supporting the growth of its doctoral program. Building upon the university’s considerable strengths in the sciences, engineering, health professions, and the humanities, the dean will work in close collaboration with other schools and colleges on campus to promote interdisciplinary research and programming. The dean will strengthen external relationships with industry and alumni, work internally to create the best environment to recruit and develop faculty, and partner with existing faculty to continue the school’s tradition of producing students who are well prepared for rewarding careers.


UMass Lowell seeks a dean with broad intellectual insights, top-tier scholarly credentials, and strong management and leadership skills. The selected candidate will bring successful experience in a university, industry, or government environment with a distinguished record of leadership and intellectual achievement. The position requires a leader with strategic capacity and an outstanding record in research and education, superior communication skills, and the political skill and entrepreneurial capacity to inspire the Manning School of Business community. A doctoral degree or equivalent is required.


Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm, has been retained to assist the search committee and University in this recruitment. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications with CVs and cover letters should be sent electronically in confidence to:


Micah Pierce, Partner

Karreem Mebane, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Manning School of Business Dean Search


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.