Department: School of Business
Dean, School of Business
George Mason University, Virginia's largest public research institution, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Business. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
Ranked 14th in the U.S. News and World Report's list of the most innovative national universities, Mason is located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unsurpassed geographical access to the U.S. government, international organizations and major corporations across a myriad of industries. Ranked annually among the top 100 undergraduate business school programs and part-time MBA programs by the U.S. News and World Report, the School of Business seeks an entrepreneurial, visionary Dean to propel the school forward and to advance its national reputation.
School of Business:
The School of Business is home to several research centers and initiatives. Among them, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides experiential learning through academic programs, research, and extensive extracurricular programming to students and alumni interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and value creation. The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security conducts comprehensive analyses and research to improve the safety and security of the U.S. and its allies across all critical infrastructure sectors. The Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship advances real estate research and education in real estate development and finance. The Investor Protection and Corporate Fraud Research Center provides thought leadership on investor protection and fraud prevention. In addition, the school has successfully begun a distinctive initiative in the business of government and government contracting. Government contracting is a $500 billion industry based in the northern Virginia-D.C. Capital region and likely employs one in every six professionals in the area, including approximately 10,000 Mason alumni.
Accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the School of Business has a presence on the Fairfax, Arlington and Songdo (South Korea) campuses. With 101 full-time faculty and 76 staff, the school has total revenues of $63.3 million (22 percent from state appropriations) and an operating budget of $37.4 million. More than 221 area business leaders representing 168 companies serve as advisors on the school's board and six councils.
Reporting to David Wu, the Provost and Executive Vice President, this position will provide visionary leadership to propel the School of Business forward and to advance its national reputation. The Dean's primary objective is to provide innovative leadership to the school (faculty, administrators, staff and students) in all aspects of operation, including academic affairs, administration and planning, student recruitment and career placement, enrollment management and financial aid, financial management and institutional advancement.
- Provide vision and leadership to further advance the school's reputation, as well as differentiate it from the competition, during a time of significant growth;
- Develop the financial resources of the school, especially through fundraising and external partnerships;
- Enhance the school's research and scholarship;
- Recruit and retain the best faculty, enhance their career development, and empower them to participate in governance;
- Promote collaboration with other Mason schools and colleges; and
- Enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff and students.
1. Executive Leadership:
Establish a vision to ensure that the School of Business is viewed as a progressive and innovative leader among schools of business, with a focus on impact and excellence. Provide leadership in establishing the school's strategic objectives, and develop and manage all resources essential to the achievement of these objectives. Work with faculty, academic leadership and university leadership in pursuit of broader institutional goals.
2. Academic Leadership:
Support, enhance and promote faculty research and productivity. Recruit and retain top faculty who will further the school's research mission, attain high standards of excellence, and enhance the diversity of the school and university. Evaluate faculty for appointment, tenure and promotion. Enhance the student experience by fostering excellence in programs and classroom teaching, as well as strengthening support services.
3. Fundraising and External Relations:
Cultivate and solicit individual donors, foundations and corporations. Lead the development and implementation of strategies to build strong relationships with a wide-range of stakeholders, partners and collaborators. Articulate, communicate and advocate the school's vision to external constituencies. Represent the school through active participation at external events.
4. Financial Management:
Ensure a strong financial future for the school. Manage the financial resources of the school through an effective annual operating budget and long-term financial plan. Oversee school-wide resource acquisition and utilization.
1. Visionary Leadership:
An established record of strong, collaborative and forward-looking leadership. Substantial experience leading change. Demonstrated success at building programs and/or organizations. The 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. Ability to recruit outstanding new faculty as well as retain the school's strongest faculty. Ability to motivate and inspire others to strive continuously for academic excellence.
2. Appreciation of Academic Mission:
Genuine commitment to both the research and teaching missions. Deep understanding of the critical importance of knowledge production and scholarship, as well as the importance of providing students with the highest quality educational experience. Must understand and value the importance of a diverse student body.
3. Financial Management Experience:
A distinguished record of operational leadership demonstrating excellence, growth and financial effectiveness. Demonstrated experience in fiscal management.
4. Fundraising Ability:
Genuine appetite and aptitude to engage in fundraising, ideally with experience in strengthening philanthropic support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
5. Personal Qualities:
The highest standards of personal and academic integrity and ethical and professional conduct. Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, with a focus on openness and transparency. Global mindset. Innovative and creative problem-solver, with a willingness to take risks. Entrepreneurial drive. Ability to foster a collegial and respectful work and educational environment.
6. Academic Qualifications:
Candidates from academia will have credentials for appointment at Full Professor-level, including a terminal degree and a record of success in research. Degree requirements for candidates from outside academia are more flexible. More importantly, such candidates must have strong professional experience, perhaps with national stature, and must understand the academic enterprise.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files are preferred), a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to GMU.Business@russellreynolds.com/.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.