Dean, Wisconsin School of Business

Dean, Wisconsin School of Business

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites nominations and applications for the position of dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. Founded in 1900, the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) established one of the first five business programs in the nation. That entrepreneurial spirit remains strong.

The Wisconsin School of Business is one of the 12 major schools/colleges that make up the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the flagship university of the University of Wisconsin System. It has consistently been ranked among the world’s top research universities. Last September, UW-Madison was ranked 12th among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report. UW-Madison enrolls 43,000+ students and has more than 20,000 employees. We value our reputation for academic excellence and educational innovation, and have made a strong commitment to progress in areas of diversity and inclusion.

The dean of the WSB serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school with responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, fund raising, budget planning and management, curriculum, and student academic affairs. The school is comprised of approximately 80 tenured and tenure track faculty and 260 staff.

Drawing on the immense intellectual and cultural resources of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the WSB educates students from all walks of life through our nationally and internationally recognized undergraduate, master’s, MBA, and doctoral programs, as well as executive and continuing education programs. The school features: state-of-the-art facilities in Grainger Hall and in its executive education facility, the Fluno Center; a tradition of strong alumni engagement and partnerships with the business community, including significant philanthropic resources in support of research and innovation; and working partnerships with departments across campus that include professional schools and a deliberate emphasis on strengthening the connections between business, sciences, and the liberal arts.

The WSB is a vibrant community that honors the university's commitment to research, teaching and public service. WSB believes public research universities hold a great, untapped potential to address the world's most complex challenges, and the incoming dean has an opportunity to shape the future of the school through visionary leadership. The WSB is a passionate and diverse community of scholars -- leaders and learners addressing business challenges, inspiring emergent leadership, and improving lives.

UW-Madison has a longstanding tradition of collaborative decision-making concerning the operation of the university. Shared governance is a unique and important aspect of life at UW-Madison.

More comprehensive information about the school and the university can be found on the following websites: 

Degree and area of specialization:

PhD or other terminal degree; record of excellence in research, teaching and service that would ensure eligibility for tenure at UW-Madison is required.

Desired qualities:

Highly qualified candidates will possess the following qualities:

  • Extensive leadership experience in a higher education setting;
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborative and creative leader;
  • Knowledge of the competitive environment for business schools;
  • Strong management, communication and fund-raising skills;
  • A commitment to shared governance with faculty, staff and students;
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing learning, research, and public service;
  • An understanding and appreciation of the diverse missions and constituencies of a major public research university;
  • A commitment to diversity among students, faculty and staff, and to advancing an inclusive diverse climate that stimulates excellence;
  • A commitment to programming and other strategic initiatives to promote student success and engagement at undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Experience with governmental agencies, philanthropic foundations, and the corporate sector and the ability to represent the school and university effectively in educational, governmental, business, alumni, and public forums;
  • A commitment to the principles and culture outlined in the Wisconsin Idea and Wisconsin Experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads the school in the development and implementation of its vision, mission, and strategic framework;
  • Supervises the overall administration of the Wisconsin School of Business;
  • Serve as the Chief Academic Officer for academic program accreditation purposes (the WSB is accredited by the AACSB).
  • Plays a lead role in the development and administration of complex, multi-unit budgets;
  • Develops strong relationship with alumni and expands the base of private donors;
  • Participates actively in the recruitment, retention, and evaluation of faculty, and other personnel;
  • Provides leadership in the development of new educational programs and initiatives (including those offered in the executive education space), and is entrepreneurial in identifying new program opportunities that also deepen WSB’s revenue stream;
  • Provides leadership in securing external funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations;
  • Collaborates with other deans and campus leaders in activities that support UW–Madison;
  • Represents the Wisconsin School of Business in local, state, UW-System, Big Ten, and national and international forums;
  • Works with central university and Wisconsin School of Business staff to maintain data used in assessment and decision making;
  • Ensures that all units in the school are reviewed periodically in accordance with university policies

Application Instructions

Applications and nominations must be received by Friday, September 28, 2018 to ensure consideration. A letter of application describing interest in the position and how professional experience has prepared the candidate for this position should be accompanied by a resume and the names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of five professional references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. The search and screen committee will evaluate candidates’ qualification and select individuals for interviews. Finalists will interview with the chancellor, provost and appropriate staff and governance groups.

Please submit inquiries, nominations and application materials to:

Professor Mark Covaleski, chair of the search and screen committee
c/o Shelly Storbeck, Managing Partner,
Tom Fitch, Partner, and
Amanda Bennett, Senior Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates