Southern Connecticut State University, a comprehensive public university in New Haven, Connecticut, has extended its search for the position of Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest.    

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies is a reconfiguration of what is currently the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation.  The change is part of a larger agenda intended to better support graduate education and graduate students; expand credit and non-credit graduate options that meet emerging community needs; develop partnerships with businesses, corporations, health-care providers, and non-profits in the region; and better support innovative research, particularly in the STEM disciplines.  Of this larger agenda, the newly-defined position of Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is responsible for developing graduate and continuing education programs, increasing support for graduate students, increasing graduate enrollment, and developing partnerships with others in the region.  The new dean will need strong collaborative skills and must work collegially with a wide range of people and offices at Southern and in the New Haven region.  To fill this new position, Southern seeks an outstanding teacher/scholar with administrative experience at the level of department chair, program director or above; an entrepreneurial spirit; and experience developing graduate programs in partnership with the community.  

Founded in 1893 as New Haven Normal School, the University has evolved into a modern, urban, diversified center of higher learning serving 10,207 students with excellent undergraduate and graduate programs. Southern is one of four comprehensive universities in the 17-member Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. Its five schools – the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation – offer more than 225 academic programs, leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as sixth-year professional diplomas and doctoral degrees in educational leadership, nursing education, and social work. Complementing the schools are a recently-expanded library, a state-of-the-art science building, and several nationally-recognized academic centers. 

The Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies reports to the Provost and is a member of the Provost’s Council. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with the deans of the four other schools, the department chairs, the faculty, the newly-hired Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, the new Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, and the Executive Director for Research and Innovation.

For further information and instructions to applicants, please consult the prospectus.

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by September 4, 2018

The search is being assisted by AGB Search.  Nominations and inquiries are welcomed and should be directed to:

Robert Holyer, PhD

Executive Search Consultant

AGB Search


804-402-6736 (c)

Southern is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.