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Dean Bothell, WA

The University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) seeks a forward-looking, creative, and collaborative leader to serve as the next campus dean of the School of Business. A non-departmentalized school that prides itself on outstanding interdisciplinary work, the School of Business transforms students' lives and enhances the community's vitality through innovative research and an exceptional education with a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary curriculum, community engagement, and learning both inside and outside the classroom. The campus dean will be joining a dynamic, passionate, and ambitious community of students, faculty, scholars, business leaders, and staff, inspired to make the world a better, more just, and inclusive place.

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington (UW) is one of the oldest state-supported higher education institutions on the Pacific coast. In 1990, the Washington State legislature established two new UW regional campuses, in the cities of Tacoma and Bothell, south and northeast of Seattle respectively, to broaden access to higher education for the state’s place-bound residents. Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, the University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington and is in the center of the Pacific Northwest’s large, vibrant, and booming high-technology corridor and economic region. The campus offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degrees, with a current enrollment of approximately 6,000 students.

UW Bothell provides students a participatory, cross-disciplinary experience grounded in hands-on learning, community-based research, close relationships with faculty as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. As such, the University values hiring faculty and staff who have demonstrated experience and ability to work successfully with diverse student populations and who can contribute to a campus culture that promotes equity among colleagues. The three priorities of the University’s current Strategic Plan, Increasing Access, Achieving Excellence are to strengthen diversity and equity, enhance community and campus engagement, and advance cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship. Additionally, the campus is committed to increasing access to an excellent UW education, building vibrant regional partnerships, creating and disseminating new knowledge, and preparing students to be leaders throughout Washington and beyond. This is reflected in its size and co-location with Cascadia College, a community college, as well as the budding partnership with Bellevue College, a public college within the Washington Community and Technical Colleges system. 

Diversity and inclusion are core values at UW Bothell; the work begins with the acceptance and celebration of the differences that are represented through the many diverse and minoritized communities on the campus and in the surrounding community. More than 90% of undergraduates are from Washington State, approximately 40% are first-generation college attendees, and more than half are students of color. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit here

With a mission centered on the spirit of discovery, critical and analytical thinking, ethical reasoning, and respect for cultural and intellectual diversity, the School of Business is poised to be a leader in regional and national business education. The campus dean will be joining the community at the opportune time; the school is well-established, yet ready for the next phase of its evolution. Moving forward, the campus dean will play a key leadership role in enhancing academic excellence through cross-disciplinary engagement, fostering an inclusive culture, and propelling the school to new heights by cultivating funds and partnerships. To that end, the next campus dean will help shape the future of UW Bothell and the School of Business by addressing the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Assess, champion, and lead the dynamic strategic vision for the School of Business 
  • Raise new funds to achieve the school’s strategic ambitions
  • Advance a supportive and inclusive culture that equally values all faculty and staff and fosters collaboration toward student success
  • Develop and expand support to enhance the success of UW Bothell’s diverse student body
  • Recruit, retain, and support diverse faculty and staff to excel in their roles 
  • Increase cross-disciplinary partnerships across the Bothell campus
  • Position the school as a key partner within the region
  • Provide financial leadership and steward resources to elevate the school’s economic well-being  


Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For the complete position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, please see below. To submit an application (including a CV, cover letter, statement on diversity, application, contact information, and five professional references), visit http://apply.interfolio.com/110718. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Courtney Wilk-Mandel is leading this search with Jaime Morgen and Leslie Lemus.


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