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North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (N.C. A&T) invites inquiries, nominations and application for a collaborative, visionary and strategic leader to serve as the next dean of the Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics.
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 13,883 students (fall 2023 census).
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 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 A&T aspires to significantly expand its research productivity by 2030, the University is amid an exciting period of growth and transformation.
The Deese College of Business and Economics is a thriving college with a new commitment that includes advancing graduate education, seeking opportunities to establish doctoral programs and research expansion. The College, which is home to five academic departments and graduate programs ranked #63 in the nation in U.S. News and World Report‘s graduate school rankings, has proudly maintained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1979 and offers a range of undergraduate degrees, a Master of Business Administration in four areas of focus and a Master of Accountancy. The accounting accreditation has been in place since 1986. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation occurred in fall 2016.
The dean of the Deese College of Business and Economics 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 obtain significant external funding; managing and allocating financial resources; demonstrated understanding of the need for active student recruitment, retention and student success; and a clear understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
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. A Ph.D. in a business discipline from an AACSB International Accredited institution is required, as well as qualifications appropriate for an appointment to the faculty as a tenured full professor. At least three years of significant senior leadership and administrative experience, in addition to academic service and demonstrated success in community/professional engagements across a wide-array of organizations, are also requirements for the role.
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 profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Christine J. Pendleton, Jessica Herrington and Corin Edwards at NCATBusinessDean@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.