Dean of the Donald R. Tapia College of Business


Saint Leo University, located just northeast of Tampa, Florida, invites nominations and applications for an exceptional leader to serve as Dean of the vibrant Donald R. Tapia College of Business. The Dean reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and provides strategic academic and administrative leadership for the College.

The University

Saint Leo University is one of the largest and most innovative Catholic universities in the United States. Saint Leo enrolls students at the traditional University Campus, Worldwide at more than 40 education centers and offices, and through online learning. University-wide, Saint Leo enrolls students from all over the United States and 86 countries. Saint Leo University ranks as one of the nation’s leading providers of higher education for active duty military and veterans, and it is a nationally recognized leader in online education. For more information on Saint Leo University, please visit

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean for the Donald R. Tapia College of Business supports excellence in teaching and innovative curricular development in a student-centered learning environment at the main campus, the extended learning centers, and with all online learning offerings. The Dean will oversee a team that includes ten full-time staff, eight chairpersons and 69 full-time faculty members. He or she will be part of the leadership team that includes the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of Education and Social Services and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Donald R. Tapia College of Business

The Donald R. Tapia College of Business offers programs at the Tampa area main campus; online; and across more than 40 Education Centers located throughout the country. There are more than 8000 students enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and the doctoral program making this the largest Catholic business college in the nation. These programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) and Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), and National Security Agency (NSA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

For more information on the Donald R. Tapia College of Business, please visit


In this role, the Dean will:

  • Facilitate curriculum development, academic planning, student learning and program outcome assessment, program review and evaluation, and budget management for all academic departments, faculty, and staff assigned to the college;
  • Develop new programs based on supporting data;
  • Develop and support faculty;
  • Develop and guide strategic planning;
  • Oversee support staff;
  • Represent the college and the university in the external community with the goal of establishing long-term, productive relationships between the College of Business and the Tampa Bay business community;
  • Sustain ongoing and cooperative processes for internships, job opportunities for graduates, and real-time adjustments of course content to meet the expressed needs of the business community;
  • Provide active daily guidance and supervision for the College of Business academic unit;
  • Facilitate curriculum development, academic planning, student learning and program outcome assessment, program review and evaluation, and budget management for all academic departments, faculty, and staff assigned to the college;
  • Actively engage in fundraising events in collaboration with University Advancement;
  • Provide oversight and guidance for accreditation activities; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and/or the President.

This is a full-time, twelve (12) month administrative position with faculty rank.


  • The successful candidate will possess:
  • Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in business or related business field;
  • Minimum of three (3) years administrative experience as an assistant/associate dean or dean or equivalent senior administrative experience;
  • Record of published research; and
  • Demonstrated record of successful academic leadership.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understand and appreciate the Catholic and the Liberal Arts traditions of the University;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, managing individually, and especially in a team environment;
  • Strong record in higher education of teaching, innovative and successful program development, and scholarship;
  • Demonstrated teaching quality;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills;
  • Outstanding public speaking ability; and
  • An ability to introduce and sustain a contemporary and innovative community within the College.

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept nominations and applications until the position is filled. Nomination letters should include the name, position, email address, and telephone number of the nominee. Application submissions should include:

  1. A current resume or curriculum vitae;
  2. A cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position;
  3. A list of five references with both email and phone contact information;
  4. A Values Statement – Each applicant should review Saint Leo University’s Mission, Vision, and Values Statements and summarize in 500 words or less, how he or she sees the alignment between their own values and the values, goals, objectives, and priorities of the University. (

Applications, letters of nomination, and inquiries should be submitted to:

Jan M. Asnicar, Partner

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates


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Saint Leo University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnic origin, genetic information, gender, nationality, race, religion, or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school administered programs.