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Job Posting: WKU Seeks Dean of the College of Business

Western Kentucky University seeks a dynamic intellectual leader to serve as Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business.  The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost.  The Gordon Ford College Dean must be an effective advocate for the College in academic settings, an engaged member of the business community, and connector with alumni and donors to the College.

Setting: Western Kentucky University aspires to be among the best comprehensive public institutions in the nation and is deeply committed to diversity throughout the campus community.  It is located in Bowling Green/Warren County, home to nearly 108,650 people.  More than 200 years old, Bowling Green is an attractive and comfortable small city that serves as a regional center for health care, commerce, and cultural life in south-central Kentucky.  The University has 20,712 students on its main campus, at three regional campus sites, and in distance learning.  Student enrollment increased 25% between 2000 and 2010, and campus renovation and new construction projects totaling $402.8 million have been completed since 1998, with $71.1 million currently underway.  The University is currently engaged in its second capital campaign, “A New Century of Spirit,” with a goal of $200 million by 2012.  The Dean will play an active role in cultivating relationships with prospects and donors of the College in order to increase private support and to steward existing gifts.

Ford College: The Gordon Ford College of Business was named for Gordon B. Ford, a 1934 graduate of the Bowling Green College of Commerce and founding partner of a very successful Louisville firm that was acquired by the firm now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the four largest accounting firms in the world.  The College has been accredited by AACSB since 1982, and the accounting program was awarded separate AACSB accounting accreditation in 2009.  The College’s total endowment is $12,000,000.  With 70 faculty members, including 7 endowed professorships, it has approximately 2,000 undergraduate majors and about 170 students in its graduate programs.  The College has professional, traditional, and on-line MBA options as well as an MA in applied economics. Undergraduate programs include accounting, economics, business economics, business informatics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, marketing, and sales.  The College houses five centers of excellence.  Architectural plans were recently approved for a new building to house the Gordon Ford College of Business.

Qualifications: We seek a visionary, creative leader who shares the College’s commitment to academic excellence; student learning; collegial decision making; and participation in the business community, economic development, and fundraising activities.  Candidates should have the following credentials:

  • An earned doctorate in business and a documented record of achievement that merits a tenured appointment as full professor in the Gordon Ford College of Business
  • Evidence of ability to work with external constituencies to attract financial resources, build partnerships, and promote the College
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a strong learning environment for students that stresses academic quality, student engagement, experiential learning, global perspectives, and the judicious use of innovative delivery strategies, including those involving technology
  • Evidence of successful administrative experience and a participatory management style
  • Evidence of effective interpersonal and communication skills that promote a collegial environment and effective problem solving
  • Thorough knowledge of AACSB Standards of Accreditation
  • Evidence of ability to recruit strong faculty and staff and to support their professional development

Application/Nomination Process:

The Gordon Ford College of Business Dean Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (a letter of interest; statement of leadership philosophy; curriculum vitae, and contact information of at least five references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Western Kentucky University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately. It is preferred that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to

October 13th, 2010 to:

Laurie C. Wilder, Senior Vice President

Porsha L. Williams, Principal

Parker Executive Search

Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2440

Atlanta, GA 30328

770-804-1996 ext: 111

Western Kentucky University is committed to the promotion of regional stewardship and student engagement.

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and disabled veterans.

Western Kentucky University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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