University of Washington

Dean, Michael G. Foster School of Business

Seattle, Washington

The University of Washington (UW) is seeking a strategic, collaborative, and creative leader to serve as the next Orin and Janet Smith Dean of the Michael G. Foster School of Business (Foster).  Under the leadership of James Jiambalvo, the Foster School has had a meteoric rise in prominence and prestige, capitalizing upon the growth and vibrancy of Seattle’s booming economy, innovative culture, and diverse business community.  The next Dean must continue this tremendous momentum while championing new opportunities for growth and distinction.  Situated in one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States serving a flourishing high tech and manufacturing sector, the School is well positioned to continue its upward trajectory and to become the premier public business school in the world.

The University of Washington is the oldest public university in the Pacific Northwest and the state’s flagship university.  It is one of the preeminent research universities in the world and serves students across three campuses, including more than 52,000 students across 16 schools and colleges in Seattle. For over 150 years, the UW has remained committed to engaging the world’s complex challenges. For more information please see:

Founded in 1917, the Foster School recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and boasts more than 55,000 alumni. Today, the School offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs to approximately 3,000 students each year, and offers a robust executive education program.  With the mantra of integrity, excellence, and inclusiveness, Foster is ranked as the #7 best public business school in the country by U.S. News & World Report and #3 by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The Foster School is thriving academically and financially as evidenced by world class facilities, record breaking fundraising, and unprecedented faculty, student and programmatic growth.  Historically it has taken advantage of innovative economic opportunities with the creation of specialty masters, executive and part time degrees, and the development of numerous partnerships and experiential learning programs with industry.

The next Dean of the Foster School will address a wide range of opportunities and challenges to meet its aspirations, most notably:

• Establish and champion an inspiring vision for the Foster School of Business;

• Promote a culture of diversity and inclusion among all Foster community members;

• Generate and identify innovative and novel ways to grow and support students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders;

• Identify opportunities for new and existing programs to move the School forward;

• Ensure strong operational management, resource generation, and fundraising;

• Continue to build partnerships inside and outside the university.               

The University of Washington has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:  Electronic submission of materials is required.

Regan Gough, Courtney Wilk-Mandel, Joe Kralick

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905


The University of Washington is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity and strongly encourages applications and nominations of women, individuals with disabilities, veterans and individuals from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.