Harold Tanner Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY


Cornell University (Cornell or University) seeks an outstanding scholar who is a collaborative and visionary leader to serve as the next Harold Tanner dean (dean) of the College of Arts and Sciences (College or Arts and Sciences or A&S).


Unique among its Ivy League peers, Cornell is a private university with a land-grant mission to discover, preserve and disseminate knowledge, to educate the next generation of global citizens, and to promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community. Cornell also aims, through public service, to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of New York and others around the world.


The University’s research enterprise has historically been among the best in the world and has been on an impressive trajectory in recent years, capitalizing on an institutional culture that truly values interdisciplinary collaborations to fuel discovery and scholarship. Cornell’s 16 schools and colleges, and 32 research centers, with roots spanning urban and rural settings, provide a unique opportunity for the work of Cornell researchers and scholars to have a broad societal impact.


The College of Arts and Sciences is home to the liberal arts at Cornell and represents the nexus of discovery and impact. With over 500 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 200 research-teaching-extension (RTE) faculty, about 300 non-academic staff, approximately 4,700 undergraduates, and 1,400 graduate students, it is the largest college by population at the University. Today, after recent record-breaking fundraising years, including the $92 million raised in FY23, the College is thriving and embarking on exciting projects such as the $110 million renovation of McGraw Hall. Faculty recruitment and endowed professorships have increased, a newly revamped curriculum for undergraduate students was implemented, and the College has launched several signature initiatives to enhance its teaching, research, and public engagement profile. Undergraduate applications to the College have also increased and the yield rate has hit historic highs.


Reporting to the provost, the next dean will build on the College’s strong foundation and momentum. They will be a key member of the academic leadership team, partnering and collaborating with deans, vice provosts, and vice presidents to support the University’s mission. They will also work with all constituents at the College to develop, implement, and advance a unifying vision while strengthening research activity, championing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, academic freedom, shared faculty governance, engaging and supporting students, continuing to fundraise to support projects and initiatives, and engaging locally and globally. The next dean will also work with a Dean’s Advisory Council to drive strategic programming and fundraising success for the College.  


Cornell University anticipates a salary range of $450,000 - $650,000 for this position, commensurate with experience.


Cornell has retained Isaacson, Miller, a leading national search firm, to assist with this recruitment. Inquiries, nominations, and applications, in the form of a CV and cover letter, should be submitted electronically and in strict confidence to:


Kate Barry, Partner

Jonathan Sanchez, Associate

Harold Tanner Dean Search, College of Arts and Sciences


Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law.


Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.