Dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business

Candidates Position Description Search Committee Timeline

Middle Tennessee State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. MTSU, with more than 25,000 students, is located 30 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, a global health care industry center and a center for world renowned music, entertainment, publishing, advanced manufacturing and supply chain industries. The College, with 3100 undergraduate and over 600 graduate students, is one of the largest AACSB accredited business schools.

The College consists of the Departments of Accounting, Business Communication and Entrepreneurship, Computer Information Systems, Economics and Finance, and Management and Marketing and offers degrees in 10 undergraduate majors as well as the M.B.A., M.B.E., M.A., M.S. and a Ph.D. in Economics. The College, with its 127 faculty and 30 staff members, places a strong emphasis on teaching and applied research with the expectation that faculty will present and publish their findings. Units within the college also include: the Business and Economic Research Center; the Center for Economic Education; the Tennessee Small Business Development Lead Center; Leadership Middle Tennessee; two Chairs of Excellence, in Free Enterprise and Urban and Regional Planning; and three Endowed Chairs, in Insurance, Finance and Entrepreneurship. The College is committed to fostering relationships with industry and area businesses through special programs, projects, consulting and other public service activities. The College is housed in a state-of-the-art building with 40 electronic master classrooms, computer laboratories, compressed video facilities and 134 faculty offices.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Visionary leadership to further the College mission through strategic planning and implementation
  • Distinguished record of achievement in the academic, government, and/or business communities
  • Commitment to fostering an environment of academic excellence
  • Leadership skills to guide the process and completion of successful AACSB program accreditation/and program reviews.
  • Ability to build on and expand business and  community relationships and to initiate new programs and partnerships
  • Demonstrated commitment to fund-raising and the ability to develop relationships with industry, professional groups and private donors to support both existing and new College initiatives
  • Evidence of experience in current and emerging trends in business and industry to support state-of-the-art curriculum
  • A commitment to diversity and business ethics.
  • A commitment to faculty governance and openness to faculty and student concerns.
  • Ability to communicate well with faculty, students, administrators, and external constituencies.
  • Doctorate or related experience in equivalent discipline preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of administrative experience in higher education or business management
  • Experience in managing a significant planning and budgeting process.

The salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Appointment will begin July 1, 2013.

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The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and list of 5 references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the Board. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to February 1, 2013 to:

Dan Parker, President
Ryan L. Grant, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
770-804-1996 ext: 115

MTSU, a culturally diverse university, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution and employer. Women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

A Tennessee Board of Regents Institution