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North Carolina A&T State University
Posted: 11/09/2023
Dean, College of Engineering

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) seeks a visionary, inclusive and strategic leader as its next dean of the College of Engineering (COE). We welcome your interest, recommendations and nominations.

Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, N.C. A&T is a top-flight doctoral research university and the largest historically Black university in America, nationally recognized for its excellence in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) education and research. An 1890 land-grant, doctoral, high research activity university, N.C. A&T prepares students to advance the human condition and facilitate economic growth in North Carolina and beyond by providing a preeminent and diverse educational experience through teaching, research and scholarly application of knowledge. One of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, N.C. A&T has 13,885 students.

N.C. A&T is an academic community focused on students – providing them with interdisciplinary learning opportunities, faculty renowned for excellence, opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research and encouraging them to serve their communities. For the fiscal year 2022-2023, N.C. A&T faculty generated $147 million in funding for sponsored research and programs. The University’s strategic plan, Preeminence 2030: North Carolina A&T Blueprint, is available at www.ncat.edu/about/initiatives/preeminence-2030/index.php. As N.C. A&T aspires to expand its research productivity by 2030, the University is amid an exciting period of growth and transformation.

The College of Engineering at N.C. A&T enrolls 2,393 students (fall 2023 census) and offers 10 ABET-accredited undergraduate programs, eight M.S. programs and five Ph.D. programs across seven departments. The seven departments include https://www.ncat.edu/coe/departments/cbbe/index.php; https://www.ncat.edu/coe/departments/caee/index.php; https://www.ncat.edu/coe/departments/cs/index.php; https://www.ncat.edu/coe/departments/cdse/index.php; https://www.ncat.edu/coe/departments/ece/index.php; https://www.ncat.edu/coe/departments/ise/index.php; and https://www.ncat.edu/coe/departments/me/index.php. As the No. 1 producer of African American graduates who receive engineering degrees, the College provides a rich tradition of preparing strong engineers and computer scientists, where the vibrancy of the environment is key to this success. Faculty and students conduct pioneering research focused on creating globally relevant solutions and advanced systems and products for improving quality of life.

The dean of the College of Engineering reports to the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and, as a member of the Deans Council, works collaboratively with other deans and members of the Academic Affairs staff. The dean must have demonstrated excellence in leadership within the context of change, institutional goals reflected in the university’s strategic plan and significant research expansion; experience in selecting, evaluating, promoting and retaining high quality faculty and staff; innovative and inclusive program development and planning; accreditation oversight; demonstrated capabilities and willingness to lead the college to obtain significant external funding; experience in managing and allocating financial resources; and a demonstrated understanding of the need for active student recruitment, retention and student success, including monitoring and tracking metrics.

Additionally, the dean must have an interdisciplinary orientation; exemplary communication skills and capabilities to serve as a spokesperson and advocate; a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively; a consensus-building leadership style; a command of the elements of excellence in faculty, staff and department chairs; the ability to support excellence in teaching, research and engagement; and a strong commitment to student success. The dean must be committed to diversity in its broadest sense and must work to ensure an inclusive environment that supports belonging. The dean must also be able to effectively manage the fiscal affairs of the College and maintain excellent working relationships with alumni, the local community, industry and partners.

Candidates should have an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in engineering or a related interdisciplinary engineering field and qualifications appropriate for an appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure in the College of Engineering. At minimum, candidates should also have at least three years of significant senior leadership and administrative experience in addition to academic service, demonstrated success working with diverse students and supporting student success, demonstrated success in extramural research funding and facilitating engineering education and community/professional engagements across academia.

WittKieffer is assisting N.C. A&T in this search. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at https://wittkieffer.com/positions/25050-dean-college-of-engineering. Application materials should be submitted through WittKieffer’s https://apptrkr.com/4775392. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by December 1, 2023.

Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to the institution’s consultants, Christine J. Pendleton, Jessica Herrington and Randi Miller at NCATEngineeringDean@wittkieffer.com.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is firmly committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment. Admission to, participation in the programs of, employment by and promotion in the University shall be on the basis of merit. The University prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on consideration of race, religion, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), political affiliation, National Guard, veteran status, genetic information, or disability, except where gender, age, or physical requirements are bona fide educational or job-related employment requirements.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University administers all aspects of education and employment in accordance with federal and State equal employment opportunity laws. This policy covers all University programs and activities and all conditions of employment, including the following: recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, fringe benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations, opportunities to serve on committees and decision-making bodies and participation in social and recreational programs.