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Dean Dayton, OH

The University of Dayton (UD) seeks a collaborative, inclusive, equity-minded, and forward-thinking academic leader to serve as the Dean of the School of Business Administration (SBA). This is an exceptional opportunity for an entrepreneurial and mission-driven individual to join a genuinely caring community to help chart the course for the advancement of the school’s regional, national, and international reputation in business education.

Continuing its pursuit of excellence, UD enrolls 11,650 students, including more than 8,300 full-time undergraduates and 3,000 graduate and law students, and is one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities and the largest private university in Ohio. Embedded in the dynamic, rallying city of Dayton, Ohio, and grounded in its Catholic, Marianist tradition, UD instills a strong commitment to community within students, provides education to develop the whole person, and strives to be a university dedicated to the common good.

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the SBA is dedicated to providing an experientially focused business education through innovative, hands-on curriculum that develops professionals who are prepared for the ever-changing world. The SBA is home to 76 full time faculty members, 57 part time faculty members, 35 staff members and serves 2,651 students, including 2,132 full time undergraduate students.

The Dean of the SBA will provide strategic, academic, and administrative leadership for the undergraduate and graduate business programs, guide the development of a unifying vision for the future, and champion meaningful partnerships with the local Dayton community and beyond. The Dean will embrace UD’s Catholic, Marianist mission and sharpen its vision to better promote the long-term development and advancement of the SBA as a collaborative contributor to the university’s mission to be a university committed to the common good. Working closely with administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders, the Dean will guide the school’s academic and strategic planning, advance its reputation as an innovative and inclusive business school, and strengthen the SBA’s impact and reputation through strategic fundraising, community engagement, and industry partnerships. The next Dean will be a forward-thinking and accomplished academic leader with vision and an entrepreneurial spirit who will continue to cultivate a sense of mission-driven community within the SBA and across UD. The overarching challenge and opportunity for the new Dean is to build on the school’s considerable assets such that its national and international recognition continue to grow.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence below. Applications should include cover letter, CV, and a 1 to 2 page diversity statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance University of Dayton’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Electronic applications strongly encouraged.

Natalie Leonhard is leading this search with Robin Dougherty and Sharon Hansen.

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at

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