Rutgers University

Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Rutgers University–New Brunswick seeks a collaborative, dynamic, and visionary artist-leader as the next Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Mason Gross is the flagship public arts conservatory of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a Big Ten research university serving more than 65,000 students and the nation’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning. This is an opportunity to position and strengthen a school where excellence in arts education and research are core values.

Founded in 1976, Mason Gross currently serves about 1,150 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. The mission of the school is to nurture creative talent and instill the insights and skills that future generations of arts professionals will need to contribute to the creative and scholarly world. Given its geographic location, Mason Gross is uniquely positioned to benefit from, and contribute to, the enterprising artistic and cultural environment of the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan regions. 

Reporting to the Chancellor, the next Dean will provide strategic and unifying leadership for the School; provide astute and transparent financial stewardship; recruit, retain, and support excellent faculty; serve as a visible champion for the important and dynamic role of the arts in the University and beyond; and build a high-performing and diverse team of staff and academic leaders. The successful candidate will possess strategic and transformational leadership skills to advance the School toward its aspirations and goals; an astute understanding of higher education finances; significant and successful administrative experience and a track record of working closely with faculty and senior academic administrators; a leadership and management style that is visible, accessible, and transparent; a collaborative, collegial approach; and a demonstrated ability to work effectively across all levels of a large, complex organization engaging a broad range of individuals and constituencies.

Rutgers has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. All confidential inquiries, referrals, and nominations should be directed to the search firm as indicated below.

Jackie Mildner, Partner

Keight Kennedy, Managing Associate

Isaacson, Miller

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