Dean, the W.A. Franke College of Business

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona
Not Specified
Oct 25, 2019
Nov 24, 2019
Contract Type

Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks an innovative, visionary, strategic, and creative Dean with exceptional leadership, administrative, and interpersonal skills to build on the strengths of the W.A. Franke College of Business (FCB).

Located in Flagstaff, a scenic town of 70,000 nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, NAU has seen tremendous growth in its student population and its research and creative scholarship agenda. Today, NAU serves more than 30,000 students across 20 statewide locations and online. Almost 23,000 students attend the Flagstaff Mountain campus, recognized as the “3rd Best College Town in the U.S.” by the American Institute for Economic Research’s 2017 College Destinations Index. NAU is one of the top 200 institutions ranked by NSF for non-medical school research expenditures, with institutional research expenditures of over $46M reported for FY17. NAU is also committed to diversity, as seen through its historical strength in supporting first generation and Native American students, as well as its designation as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

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.

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, alumni, and business, and community partners. The Dean will be responsible for vision and planning, college leadership, and management including, but not limited to, budget, personnel, accreditation, and college governance; advancing diversity and inclusion efforts; as well as external partnerships and fundraising.

The next Dean will 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. This individual will have a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership that warrants a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Full Professor. Additionally, the next Dean will 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. For more information, please visit

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 described 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 confidentially to the consultants supporting the search, Robert W. Luke and Sarah T. Miller at The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Joan Larson at 630-575-6926.

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements. NAU is an Employer of National Service.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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