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University of South Carolina
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
South Carolina
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Posted: 11/15/2022
Academic Dean

The University of South Carolina seeks applications and nominations for a visionary, experienced leader for the position of Dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM). The university is searching for a leader who, through example, will epitomize both academic excellence and the best of the consumer-experience industry culture of collaboration, inclusion, mentorship, and innovation. The dean is expected be a transformational and collaborative leader who acts with integrity and possesses the ability to communicate with diverse constituents, fosters collegiality and clarity in the decision-making process and provides strong leadership to advance the school’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusive excellence. 

Within the globally recognized, dynamic flagship University of South Carolina, the College of HRSM has a reputation for success in key metrics: world-class research, strong student enrollment and placement rates, industry partnerships in rapidly growing professions, financial stability, impressive global and national rankings, and faculty and staff striving for diversity, inclusion, and student success. HRSM faculty, staff, and administrators prepare the next generation of leaders for the vibrant consumer industries that “connect cultures, inspire adventure, strengthen global economies, and enrich people’s lives” as well as growing cutting-edge research which aids the industry in meeting social, economic, and environmental goals. 

Just as the 2022 HRSM overview video urges, “Let’s do something big together,” this is a remarkable opportunity for an experienced, collaborative leader to strategically advance an already strong college that is poised for the next level. 

Required Education and Experience 

An earned doctorate (or its equivalent) and possess the qualifications – gained through academic or relevant industry endeavors – to receive a tenured appointment as full professor. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Terminal degree from an accredited institution;  
  • Credentials appropriate for appointment as a Full Professor in one of the HRSM units (School/ Departments);  
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for the unique academic areas and industries the College of HRSM represents;  
  • Academic leadership experience in a department/ school/college or other significant academic administrative role (that includes such areas as budgeting, curriculum, personnel, and planning);  
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Leadership experience at a research-intensive university;  
  • Industry/professional experience in at least one of the fields in the HRSM;  
  • Significant experience in successful fundraising with various publics;  
  • Global/international network of scholars and professionals. 

Academic Search is assisting the University of South Carolina in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strict confidence. To learn more about this opportunity, potential applicants are welcome to contact Senior Consultant Dr. Ginny Horvath ( and schedule a conversation.

Documents Needed to Apply:


  • A detailed cover letter expressing your interest in this position and addressing how you meet the qualifications as outlined in this profile; 
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae
  • statement of contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (1–2-page document that provides your context for understanding diversity and gives examples of your leadership in advancing support for diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 
  • list of five professional references, including names, titles, organizations, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting your relationship for each reference.


Applicants should send these documents (in PDF format) to

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Thursday, January 5, 2023 by 8 p.m. (EST).

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: 

Senior Consultant Dr. Ginny Horvath: