Dean, Lundquist College of Business

Dean, Lundquist College of Business

Position Description

The University of Oregon seeks a dynamic, proven, and dedicated leader in business education to serve as the next Dean of the Lundquist College of Business. The desired candidate will have a proven track record of delivering results, leading change, implementing innovative solutions, developing their team, and working collaboratively across a complex organization and a broad range of community partners.

University of Oregon

Founded in 1876, the University of Oregon (UO) is the flagship institution of the state. It brings together 23,202 undergraduate and graduate students from all fifty states and over 88 countries and offers 316 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its nine academic units. UO is a Carnegie R1 research university, a member of the Association of American Universities, and currently employs nearly 2,000 teaching and research faculty and over 3,600 staff. In Fiscal Year 2022, UO received $180.2 million in grants, contracts, and competitive awards.

The university serves as an integral economic driver for the state, with an estimated $2.6 billion annual economic return to Oregon. The main campus spreads over 295 acres and serves as an arboretum and a tree identification classroom. The total university budget is over $1.3 billion for operations, with an additional $235 million of capital investments currently planned for FY2024.

UO is a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service. The University works on a human scale to generate big ideas. As a community of scholars, UO helps individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.

The University of Oregon has long served as an agent of change and innovation. For more than a century, UO has grown along with the state and region. Through it all, the University has been steadfast in its focus on the future. UO pushes the boundaries of knowledge and prepares its students for fulfilling, impactful careers and lives.

UO is home to change makers and big dreamers, who are solutions oriented and community focused, resourceful, and collaborative, and do not shy away from difficult challenges. Through the power of stories and data, UO seeks to upend the conventional while learning from its history. The University appreciates commonalities and celebrates differences, while valuing those who challenge assumptions. The University of Oregon is located in the Willamette Valley, with easy access to snow-capped mountains and scenic coastlines.

The Lundquist College of Business

Since 1914, the Lundquist College of Business has provided quality business education to students from around the world. The Lundquist College is a top business school with a unique mission and vision that draws strength from its links to the Pacific Rim and the distinctive qualities of Oregon culture: innovation, sustainability, active lifestyles, financial stewardship, and respect for individuality and diversity within an increasingly global community.

At the heart of its vision and mission are four centers of excellence, each highlighting the College’s distinctive qualities and themes. The four innovative centers are the Cameron Center for Finance and Securities Analysis, the Center for Sustainable Business Practices, the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Warsaw Sports Business Center. These centers advance a "learning by doing" approach to business education, in which students work on real projects for real companies, gaining first-hand experience in their careers before they graduate.

The Lundquist College’s four centers of excellence help students target their business education to specific areas, but it is the departments that provide the foundation of the Lundquist education. Whether it is an undergraduate degree, MBA, Master of Accounting, or PhD, the College’s innovative departments deliver the disciplinary fundamentals for research excellence that advances business knowledge. Through this distinct approach to education, students graduate from the Lundquist College with an education that meets their personal needs, interests, and ambitions, preparing them to be among the most knowledgeable and motivated business leaders of tomorrow.

The Lundquist College also boasts a recently opened Portland Location, promoting connectivity between the college and the Portland business community through master’s programs, executive education, events, seminars, and workshops. Located in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown, the facility is home to the Sports Product Management program and Oregon Executive MBA program, bringing together the college's Portland-based programs under one roof.

The Position

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President, the Dean of the Lundquist College of Business is the chief academic and administrative officer for the college and is responsible for developing and implementing academic strategies; recruiting and retaining faculty, students, and staff; and managing organizational and financial structures that promote excellence in research, scholarship, creative practice, and education.

The Dean will work with university administration, faculty, alumni, and other internal and external leaders to promote the national and international visibility of the Lundquist College and to ensure that resources align with its strategic objectives and potential. The Dean is a member of the Provost’s Deans Council and Academic Leadership Team.

The Dean is expected to have achieved professional distinction in one or more of the fields within the Lundquist College. The Dean will understand and be able to cultivate the possibilities associated with the College's rich array of disciplines, while promoting collegiality and shared purpose.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities


  • Strategic visioning for the college, including the development and implementation of this vision.
  • Advancing academic quality and programmatic priorities and promoting a culture that fosters and continuously increases quality.
  • Hiring and retaining excellent faculty.
  • Advancing the college’s efforts to create and foster an environment where a diverse faculty, staff, and student body are successful.
  • Identifying and leading appropriate initiatives within the Lundquist College to support and advance research and scholarship.
  • Leading the college’s fundraising/development agenda and creating strategies to enhance college resources.


  • Appointing and managing direct reports, including divisional deans.
  • Providing strategic direction to the Dean’s Office staff regarding priorities, initiatives, and college management.
  • Appointing program directors, department or unit heads, or other faculty leadership positions as necessary.
  • Ensuring accountability exists for those with leadership authority within the Lundquist
  • Evaluating promotion, tenure, and review of faculty.
  • Overseeing the Lundquist College’s financial and capital resources.

Advocacy and Representation

  • Serving as an ambassador for the Lundquist College with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Working with Lundquist College and university development staff to support their efforts to raise gifts that support the mission of the Lundquist College, including meeting with and cultivating donors.
  • Collaborating and strategizing with Lundquist College and university communications staff to inform a wide set of audiences about the College and its mission.
  • Managing coordination between the College and university facilities pertaining to allocation, renovation, and creation of physical space.
  • Representing the Lundquist College and the Dean’s Office at key Lundquist College, university, and development events.
  • Participating in university-level teams that are important to the Lundquist College, including the Senior Leadership Team, University Leadership Team, Dean’s Council.
  • Meeting regularly with university leadership to communicate Lundquist College priorities.

Professional Competencies

The next Dean of the Lundquist College of Business will demonstrate:

  • A commitment to high-quality research, teaching, and diversity as important components of academic excellence.
  • Strategic leadership and organizational management skills in an academic setting and a track record of successful collaboration.
  • Experience developing budget policy and ability to oversee a large, complex budget.
  • A capacity to provide leadership and vision across the Lundquist
  • An ability to work well in a collaborative decision-making environment.
  • Experience with and/or aptitude and commitment to enable successful advocacy and fundraising on behalf of the college.
  • Talents, accomplishments, and academic values that support the high aspirations of our faculty.
  • The capability to maintain patience and equilibrium in a job with many demands.
  • A record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The Search Committee encourages those who have demonstrated a record on the professional competencies outlined above to apply to be the next Dean of the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon.

Required Qualifications

  • A distinguished record in teaching, research/creative activity, and professional service sufficient to merit appointment as a tenured full professor in the Lundquist College.
  • Demonstrated record of progressive leadership, including substantial experience in management of budgets and personnel.
  • Proven commitment to the mission and vision of both the Lundquist College and the University of Oregon.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Dedication to effective, inclusive, and collaborative leadership.
  • Capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and to engage others in its implementation.
  • Appreciation of the value of all disciplines within the Lundquist College and an ability to ascertain and recognize excellence in each.
  • Demonstrated capability to motivate stakeholders and to develop and engage in collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to recruit outstanding new faculty as well as retain and promote outstanding faculty.
  • A proven record of significant fundraising and major gift acquisition that will allow the College to reach its goals and objectives.
  • Experience leading brand management in business or higher education.
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to AACSB accreditation.
  • Broad understanding of the direction of business education and research and the ability to articulate the Lundquist College’s vision that positions the College for success.
  • Familiarity with complex budgets and fiscal management procedures.
  • Dedication to student success with a track record of outcomes assessment, student achievement, and professional development.
  • Commitment to advancing the internationalization of the Lundquist
  • A deep understanding and appreciation of shared governance between faculty and administration.
  • Capacity to motivate and inspire others to strive continuously for excellence.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and an understanding of research-to-innovation pathways.
  • Ability to set priorities, plan to achieve them, and communicate effectively with multiple constituencies to implement said plans.

Land Acknowledgement

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, descendants are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, and continue to make important contributions in their communities, at UO, and across the land we now refer to as Oregon.

We express our respect for all federally recognized Tribal Nations of Oregon. This includes the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Klamath Tribes. We also express our respect for all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home. We seek to lead in curricular, pedagogical, research, and public scholarship innovations and interventions that redress inequitable, oppressive, and violent histories and provide generative futures for all students, families, faculty, staff, and communities.

Search Team and Contact Information

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, full curriculum vitae or resume, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be forwarded to the search firm assisting the University of Oregon (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is preferred that all nominations and applications are submitted to the search firm by April 1, 2024.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jacob C. Anderson, Senior Principal
Jack McGrew, Associate
Parker Executive Search
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