Dean, The Ohio State University at Newark

The Ohio State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Newark Campus. The regional campuses are integral in the success and identity of Ohio State, and the Dean will have a unique opportunity to play a defining role in shaping the future of the Newark campus, develop new and additional priorities and aspirations, and lead the campus to even greater levels of excellence and impact.


The dean is the academic leader of a regional campus, has faculty status and tenure in an appropriate department, and works collaboratively and consultatively with faculty, staff, and university administrators. The regional deans serve on the Ohio State Council of Deans and have collaborative working relationships with their cohort of regional deans, college deans, department chairs, and academic administrators. The dean will be expected to align the campus priorities with the current university academic plan and work collaboratively with college deans, unit vice presidents, and other academic leaders to clearly articulate and operationalize the regional campus as an anchor institution, locally. The dean reports to the Senior Vice Provost for External Engagement and works closely with the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Experience and Requirements


  • Doctoral degree or other terminal degree.
  • Experience as a dean, academic director, chair, or academic leader of a unit and/or campus is preferred.
  • Record of teaching, research and innovation, and community engagement.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative accomplishments.
  • Strong commitment to success in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusive environments for all.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with communities and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated success raising funds through private individuals, foundations, and public grants.
  • Ability to meet requirements for tenure, preferably at the full professor level, in an academic unit at Ohio State.


The Ohio State University at Newark offered its first classes in 1957 with a mission to provide affordable, open access to Ohio State for all Ohioans. Ohio State Newark currently enrolls more than 2,200 students who are taught and mentored by 45 tenure-track faculty who are members of their university-level academic department. The most diverse of Ohio State’s campuses, racial/ethnic minority students represent 36% of the student body. Faculty at Ohio State Newark have research funding from a range of sources, including the Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Simon Foundation.  The annual operating budget for Ohio State Newark is $30.3M.


Buffkin/Baker, an executive search firm, is assisting the university in the search. The search will remain open until filled, however, for optimal consideration, application materials should be received by January 1,2024


Candidates should submit a current curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing their interest and qualifications for the position. Inquiries of interest, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to the Buffkin Baker site:

or directly to Martin Baker,