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Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business College Park, MD

The University of Maryland seeks a visionary, strategic, entrepreneurial, and energetic leader to serve as Dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business (Smith). This is an exceptional opportunity to lead a highly regarded business school that is poised to move even higher in the top ranks of global business schools by creating a distinctive brand that is anchored in the quality of its academic programs, preeminence of its research, and impact on the challenges facing the business world and society today. The Smith School, a top-fifteen U.S. research business school, prepares students as future business leaders by giving them cutting edge analytical skills and providing them with a global perspective, hands-on experience in entrepreneurship and innovation, and a commitment to serving the needs of an increasingly complex marketplace through interdisciplinary problem-solving. The Dean will lead the School in articulating a competitive strategy that will further establish Smith’s distinctive brand, take advantage of its location to create partnerships and opportunities unique to the Washington, D.C. area, distinguish it from other major business schools, and ensure that existing programs support the Smith School’s mission and align with the University’s strategic plan.

The University of Maryland College Park (UMD) is the land-grant institution in the University System of Maryland and a member of the Association of American Universities. UMD is a globally preeminent research university with more than 41,000 students from more than 118 countries. The University is a powerful economic engine for the region as it brings in more than $570 million in research funding annually. Among the top 25 public universities in the country, Maryland has an annual budget of over $1.9 billion, employs more than 14,000 faculty and staff, and possesses an endowment of approximately $355 million. With 92 undergraduate majors and more than 190 graduate degrees across 12 colleges, the University provides outstanding and innovative instruction and nourishes a climate of intellectual growth in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is a critical academic unit in this flagship university. With more than 200 faculty members in six academic departments and an $80 million budget, the School has about 3,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students across master’s and Ph.D. programs. The Dean is responsible for academic leadership, fundraising, and financial stewardship. The Dean will lead the effort to create a shared vision for the Smith School, setting forth a strategy with a portfolio of highly competitive programs, world-class research, and a process for the strategic allocation of resources. With a compelling strategy, Smith will help drive Maryland’s brand as an innovative and entrepreneurial public flagship university. The successful candidate will be a champion for teaching and scholarship, have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, high energy, political astuteness, deep commitment to diversity, and a personal style that engenders trust and respect. The Dean will be visible on campus and in the community and must have an appreciation and passion for the mission of public higher education.

University of Maryland has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm as indicated at the end of this document.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted via this website.

Gale Merseth is leading this search with Micah Pierce and Nicholas Vance.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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