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The University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks a visionary, creative and inspirational leader for the position of Dean of the Robert J. Manning School of Business. The dean will lead a collaborative effort to establish a vision linking the Manning School of Business more closely with the dynamic business community through programmatic innovation, scholarly accomplishment, entrepreneurship and engagement, and will articulate a focused strategy to achieve it.
The Manning School of Business (MSB) has advanced from a lean, primarily undergraduate college with a part-time MBA program to a full-scale, competitive business school, offering a healthy array of academic programs delivered by a strong faculty base in an environment with increased research and engagement expectations. It is poised for continued strong growth both in numbers and quality of its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Manning School accepted its first cohort of doctoral students in 2013 and the second cohort just started in 2015. MSB is situated in a region where high-tech, health-care, finance and service sectors collide daily to generate new ideas and opportunities.
The construction of the $40 million Pulichino Tong Business Building, which broke ground in May of 2014, will provide a state-of-the-art home for the MSB when it opens in 2017.
Reporting to the provost, the dean is the principal academic and administrative officer for the school and a member of the university’s academic leadership team. Building upon UMass Lowell’s considerable strengths in the applied sciences, engineering and health professions, the dean will work in close collaboration with other schools and colleges in the university, creating a clear vision and implementing a strategy that will galvanize the school, its internal partners and external stakeholders in the Manning School’s long-term success. Under the dean’s leadership, the school will maintain and strengthen its commitment to providing first-rate business education and research anchored in direct application to critical business challenges.
One of the top 85 public universities in the country, with deep and mutually reinforcing ties to the technological and cultural nexus of Greater Boston, UMass Lowell has enjoyed dramatic growth in research funding, private giving and student applications over the past several years. As enrollment has increased – 50 percent over eight years - so have the academic qualifications of UMass Lowell students, with SAT scores increasing 110 points and the highest average high-school GPA among entering freshmen in the university’s history. Annual research expenditures, currently exceeding $65 million, have grown 81 percent since 2007, in large part due to innovative partnerships with industry. UMass Lowell’s growing popularity and reputation has made it the third-fastest rising university in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In just the last five years, it has climbed 27 spots in the rankings of Best National Universities to No. 156.
Hundreds of millions of dollars of investments in facilities – including 11 new buildings since 2009 – and full-time faculty are coming on line. At the same time, the university’s commitment to financial aid and accessibility is increasing. The university offers 122 bachelor’s, 42 master’s and 36 doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. All programs are accredited at the highest levels and incorporate vigorous hands-on learning and personalized attention. Independent sources such as Business Insider and Payscale.com have recognized UMass Lowell for providing a best value education and a high return on investment. The university capitalizes on its Greater Boston location and its burgeoning national reputation by connecting students with internships, co-ops, service learning and other experiential learning opportunities, along with a major emphasis on international experiences. The campus is clustered along the Merrimack River in the heart of Lowell, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and now a remarkably diverse city with a thriving arts scene. Campus life revolves around a state-of-the-art recreation center, a 7,800-seat sports-and-entertainment arena, NCAA Division I athletics (including Hockey East), 200 student organizations and 50 musical ensembles.
Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will be a skilled communicative leader who will strengthen ties with industry, alumni and friends and is someone who can partner with the chancellor and provost to carry an inspiring message, cultivate key external constituencies, attract partners, raise funds, generate enthusiasm among alumni and obtain commitments to support the Manning School of Business. An exceptional record of achievement in the scholarly world, industry or government and a doctorate, other terminal degree or graduate degree are required. The successful candidate is a collaborative and decisive leader with a distinguished record of achievement, outstanding communication, administrative, financial and management skills, and a personal commitment to and record of achievement in promoting student success and advancing diversity.
For more information about UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business, visit: www.uml.edu/MSB.
Korn Ferry invites confidential e-mail inquiries and expressions of interest. Nominations and applications, which should include a c.v. and cover letter explaining relevant experience, may be directed in complete confidence to:
Robert K. Sullivan
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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.
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