Dean of Smeal College of Business

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The Pennsylvania State University
John and Karen Arnold Dean
Smeal College of Business

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) seeks a forward-looking, innovative, and engaged leader with a deep commitment to excellence in research and education to serve as the next John and Karen Arnold Dean of the Smeal College of Business. Reporting to Executive Vice President and Provost Justin Schwartz, Ph.D., the dean serves as the principal academic and administrative officer of the college and an institutional leader in advancing the goals of Penn State. Applications, inquiries, and nominations are invited.

Penn State, a public, land grant, research-intensive university, educates more than 88,000 students at its 24 campus locations across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the University's online World Campus. The Penn State Smeal College of Business is a vibrant intellectual community offering highly ranked undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and executive education to more than 8,000 students from around the world. Smeal is a destination of choice for top global organizations seeking talent that will make a positive difference. Through its leading faculty and network of research centers and institutes, the college is committed to the creation of knowledge that influences the business practices of tomorrow and benefits society.

The Penn State Smeal College of Business, established in 1953 and named in 1990 in recognition of a gift from Frank P. and Mary Jean Smeal, houses six academic departments and a robust portfolio of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs as well as an extensive variety of graduate certificates and executive education programs. Its more than 800 faculty and staff support over 5,800 undergraduate and 1,910 graduate students. Smeal ranked No. 23 in North America in the University of Texas at Dallas Business School Research Rankings (2017-2022) released in April 2023. In September 2023, U.S. News and World Report ranked Smeal No. 21 nationally for undergraduate education, with five of its specialty disciplines ranked in the top 25 nationally.

Dean Charles H. Whiteman will retire at the end of June 2024 following 12 years of service to the college and University. The new dean will join Smeal at an extraordinary time, for the college and Penn State. The Smeal College of Business is enjoying a period of significant growth in student demand at both undergraduate and graduate levels, reaping the rewards of several recent record-breaking years in fundraising and benefiting from the vibrant engagement of a board of visitors composed of visionary business leaders. The college delivers innovative new degree and non-degree programs that offer lifelong learning and that place Smeal ahead of the curve in business education. The college is advancing impact across Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world through excellence in education and research, in keeping with Penn State's land-grant mission. Likewise, Penn State is benefiting from the clear-sighted vision and goals of President Neeli Bendapudi, who is inspiring Penn State to create transformational experiences for students, faculty, and staff across the University, including Commonwealth Campuses and the online World Campus.

The new dean has an exceptional opportunity to have a positive and constructive impact in charting the evolution of Smeal, grounded in a commitment to shared governance. They will lead the creation of a compelling and innovative vision for the future of Smeal, building upon the University's strategic plan, Smeal's strengths, and its commitments to extraordinary education, research impact, integrity, diversity, and sustainability. Growing Smeal's research excellence and impact and supporting student success must be top priorities. The new dean will continue to build a more equitable and inclusive community while recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented faculty, staff, and student body. The incoming dean will also work with the provost and other University leaders to implement the University's new budget model, which has shifted greater financial responsibility to individual academic units. The incoming dean will partner with University leadership and build relationships across University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses to promote and expand interdisciplinary education and research. Working closely with college and University development and alumni relations colleagues, the dean will develop, lead, and support the college's corporate, alumni, and donor relations activities, and ensure high brand awareness and visibility for Smeal.

The next dean must have a record of scholarly achievement appropriate for a tenured appointment at the level of full professor in a department within the college. In rare and extraordinary cases, exceptions will be considered for highly accomplished, high-level executives from outside the academy. The dean must have a substantial record of administrative leadership and demonstrate the administrative, fiscal, and operational acumen required to manage a complex program in a highly interdisciplinary environment. The dean should demonstrate inspiring leadership qualities and exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and communication skills. Additionally, the dean should be an experienced fundraiser with the desire to forge strong relationships and engage donors, alumni, and corporate leaders in supporting strategic priorities of the college. The dean will be a highly engaged and accessible leader and must have a deep and steadfast commitment to and track record of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

WittKieffer is assisting Penn State in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received no later than Friday, March 1, 2024. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile that is available at www.wittkieffer.com .

Application materials should be emailed to PennStateDeanSmeal@wittkieffer.com .

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Suzanne Teer, John Thornburgh, and Cathryn Davis
PennStateDeanSmeal@wittkieffer.com .

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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