Dean, The W.A. Franke College of Business

  • Northern Arizona University, Office of the Provost
  • W. A. Franke College of Business — NAU, East McConnell Drive, Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • Oct 09, 2019
Full time BUS: Accounting/Economics/Finance BUS: Hotel & Restaurant Management BUS: Management, HR, OB, Strategy BUS: Marketing Deans & Directors

Job Description

Northern Arizona University (NAU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the W.A. Franke College of Business (FCB). NAU seeks an innovative, visionary, strategic, and creative leader with exceptional leadership, administrative and interpersonal skills to build on the positive global reputation of the College.

The Dean of the W.A. Franke College of Business is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean will develop productive working relationships with institutional administration, faculty, and students, as well as the College advisory boards and councils, and alumni, business, and community partners.

The Dean will be responsible for:

  • Vision and Planning: create a vision and strategic plan for the college that aligns with the institutional goals and strategic plan.
  • Fiduciary Decisions: manage the budget and other resources.
  • College Administration: appoint area coordinators and college administrators, and periodically review the performance of coordinators and administrators in concert with the Provost.
  • Personnel: oversee hiring; establish job titles and salaries; make decisions and review policies regarding renewal, tenure, promotion, and dismissal; authorize faculty leave; review faculty annual evaluations; promote mentoring and development opportunities; and support professional development of faculty and staff.
  • Educational Leadership: provide leadership and vision for new and continuing academic programs, considering innovation, cost effectiveness, market demand, fidelity to standards and accreditation; establish and maintain high academic standards; ensure effective student quality, recruitment and retention.
  • Development: contribute to development and fulfillment of fundraising priorities; participate in comprehensive capital campaign initiatives.
  • College Governance:  create ad hoc committees of the collegiate faculty; hear faculty grievances; promote academic freedom and responsibility; ensure that the college provides a diverse, opportunity- and perspective-rich environment; promote and support shared governance.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: foster diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty and staff.
  • Outreach: participate in various councils, commissions, and committees as set forth in university policy; represent the college within state and national boards and organizations, and other appropriate groups; effectively demonstrate a commitment to Northern Arizona University core values and engage the college in the campus, state and national communities.

College Resources

The FCB is one of seven academic colleges at NAU, with approximately 118 faculty and staff who serve approximately over 3,300 students majoring in accountancy, business economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and a bachelor’s program from the nationally ranked School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. In addition to its undergraduate degree programs, the FCB offers a full-time-ten-month MBA program. The College also houses the Alliance Bank Economic Policy Institute. The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), and the business division has maintained accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1969.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum qualifications

  • Possess an earned doctorate or related terminal degree from an accredited university in one of the disciplines of the College, or possess a non-business-related terminal degree from an accredited university and have exceptional business and organizational accomplishments.
  • Have a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership that warrants a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
  • Have demonstrated successful administrative leadership experience in higher education as a dean, associate dean, chair, center or institute leader, or comparable position with responsibilities that included budgets, strategic planning, personnel management, performance reviews, promotion and tenure decisions; and experience in a leadership role in the AACSB accreditation process.

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in leadership and administration of complex and interdisciplinary academic units of relevant size and structure to the College, and in management of diverse types of faculty and staff.
  • Successful record of educational leadership and vision in academic programing; experience developing and sustaining high quality, student-centered coursework and curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; practiced consideration of innovation, cost effectiveness, and high academic standards; oversight of effective student quality, recruitment, enrollment growth and retention initiatives; and experience with accreditation and program review.
  • Established record of competitive scholarship and the acquisition and management of extramural funding.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in donor development, alumni engagement, and fundraising activities.
  • Demonstrated strengths in effective communication, mentoring, consensus building, shared governance, and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.

Application Details

Private review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. For best consideration, application materials should be submitted by December 6, 2019.

Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be submitted to the consultants supporting the search, Robert Luke and Sarah Miller at The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Joan Larson at 630-575-6926.


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Application Deadline

For best consideration, application materials should be submitted by December 6, 2019.