EKU seeking Dean for College of Business

Dean of Business
Posted 1 year ago

EKU’s College of Business challenges students and changes lives through rigorous, dynamic teaching, scholarship, and service to enhance student success and contribute to the entrepreneurial and professional capacity of a global society. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the College of Business offers undergraduate, graduate, minor, and certificate programs.


Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Business is seeking a dynamic, community-facing leader prepared to build external partnerships and increase the visibility and support of the College. The incoming Dean will craft a vision for the future that embodies the College’s guiding values, operate with integrity, respect the unique Appalachian culture of the region, embrace diversity and inclusiveness, and seek excellence in interactions that connect the College to the community.


  • A terminal degree in a relevant discipline and a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership; OR an advanced degree and a distinguished record of accomplishment and leadership in business or industry in an area relevant to the disciplines represented in the College, and an understanding of public higher education sufficient to assume the leadership, academic, financial, and administrative responsibilities of Dean.
  • Enthusiasm for externally focused activities, including fundraising and engagement with alumni and members of the business community; a record of effectively cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and other external partners; a record of entrepreneurial, creative, and strategic thinking that demonstrates collaboration with diverse constituencies and responsiveness to market demands.
  • Awareness of accreditation and program review, in particular, the AACSB International accreditation process.
  • Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage in decision-making that is open and transparent in a system of strong shared governance.
  • Demonstrated success in supporting and advancing an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Financial savvy and experience in the development, management, and enhancement of budgets and other fiscal resources.
  • The ability to balance advocacy for the College and its programs with the needs of the larger University community.


Dr. Melissa Trotta and Ms. Kimberly Templeton, representing AGB Search, will be assisting the Search Committee. Potential candidates are invited to initiate a conversation about this opportunity through preliminary email contact with either Dr. Trotta or Ms. Templeton prior to submitting materials.

To receive full consideration, nominations and application materials should be submitted no later than the target date of October 29.

Application materials must include:

  • A letter of interest, which responds directly to the position qualifications and Strategic Priorities as listed in the Leadership Profile.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references (indicate your professional relationship with each).

Please include your personal email and cell phone number. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews.

Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to [email protected]

Further information about the Eastern Kentucky University College of Business may be found at business.eku.edu

Contact information for AGB Search representatives assisting Eastern Kentucky University:   Melissa K. Trotta, Ed.D. Associate Managing Principal, AGB Search [email protected] 202.380.8927 or Kimberly Templeton, J.D. Principal, AGB Search kimberly.[email protected] 540.761.9494.

Eastern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age (40 and over), race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, ethnicity, disability, national origin, veteran status, and/or genetic information in the admission to, or participation in, any educational program or activity (e.g., athletics, academics, and housing) which it conducts, or in any employment policy or practice.

Any complaint arising by reason of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity, Eastern Kentucky University, Jones Bldg. Room 416, Richmond, Kentucky 40475 (859) 622-8020, or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. 20202 1-800-421-3481(V), 1-800-877-8339 (TTY).

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