Dean of the Max M. Fisher College of Business

The next Dean of the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University (Ohio State), one of the nation’s leading flagship public research universities, will be a visionary leader dedicated to enhancing and strengthening the mission of the College and furthering its commitment to excellence in instruction, research, and business and community engagement. Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost and serving as the chief academic officer of the College, the Dean will build upon an established and successful business college enterprise, leading its next exciting phase of growth and development.

The Dean will provide an innovative strategic vision and leadership that propels the College’s academic, research, and engagement programs to the next level. The Dean will set priorities for the College and elevate contemporary goals which enhance scholarship, advance external business partnerships, and provide excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff. The Dean will harness the power and resources of Ohio State to build new, collaborative, innovative and sustainable programs that are highly relevant to students and faculty across the University and the broader community.

The ideal candidate will bring experience and expertise across the following dimensions:

  • Demonstrated track record of accomplishment in higher education and/or business conceptualizing and implementing innovative initiatives and collaborations that result in measurable progress and impact.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to and energize the College’s many constituencies with success in organizational design and change management, with an emphasis on people and relationship effectiveness, and innovative approaches to programming.
  • Proven leadership in a diverse urban and engaged environment that fosters innovation, ethics, excellence, collaboration, diversity in intellectual thought and perspectives, and shared governance.
  • Demonstrated success in partnering in a large, complex environment, advancing fundraising success through a diversified and creative approach of individual, corporate, and foundation related philanthropy.
  • Experience building and leading high-performing, highly diverse, entrepreneurial teams capable of driving growth and change. Excellent financial and human resource management skills. Unwavering commitment to diversity.
  • Possess a strong external and interdisciplinary focus, with a desire to pursue intra- and inter-college partnerships including nurturing collaborations in education and research across university units, enhancing university-industry engagement, joint appointments, and/or building long-term relationships with the business community.


Successful leadership by the next Dean will involve driving changes in Fisher’s influence and impact within the field of business education as well as realizing new opportunities for innovative collaborations across the University. The Dean will also engage with national and international business partners in the development of meaningful collaborations between the college and the global business community.


Spencer Stuart, a global executive search and leadership advisory firm, has been retained by The Ohio State University to help identify and recruit the new Dean. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (CVs and letters of interest) should be sent electronically and in confidence to:  

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