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Dean, College of Business
Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi
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Date Posted February 18, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number


Position Title

Dean, College of Business


Division of Academic Affairs




The salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and responsibilities.

Grant Funded



Main Campus

Faculty, Staff, Admin or Student


Number of Vacancies


Position Summary

Jackson State University invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the College of Business.

Jackson State University (JSU) is a state-supported urban research institution located in metropolitan Jackson, Mississippi. JSU is a diverse, technologically-advanced four-year university steeped in history and committed to preparing its students to become global leaders. The university provides a caring, nurturing environment where students are challenged to improve themselves and serve others. Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, healthcare, technological and educational initiative. The University is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and visionary leader for the College of Business. The candidate must have strong academic leadership experience, a commitment to excellence, and the ability to appropriately respond to challenges and opportunities in a manner that propels the College as a premier source for global business leaders and research excellence.

The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The College provides an enriched learning environment for ethnically diverse undergraduate and graduate students. The College of Business delivers its academic programs through two departments (Accounting, Finance, and Entrepreneurship, Business Administration), including Business Graduate Programs in Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Accountancy, and PhD in Business.

Job Description Summary:
Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves on the Deans’ Council and functions as the chief administrative, fiscal, and academic officer of the School. The Dean is responsible for the effectiveness and prominence of the School’s educational programs, research activities, outreach programs, globalization and international education initiatives. The Dean is also responsible for implementing the School’s policies and procedures in concert with the University’s policies. He/She will have responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations that support the mission of the College of Business and its role within the University



Minimum Required Education

The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree in one of the disciplines housed in the college, and a record sufficient to merit appointment as a tenured professor, or possess a related degree with experience in leading a College of Business.

Minimum Required Experience

• The Dean of the College of Business must be an individual from the academic, business and/or nonprofit communities.

• Successful administrative experience at an AACSB-accredited college at the level of academic department head, assistant dean, or dean or other comparable administrative experience appropriate for the college is desired.

Minimum Required Licenses and/or Certifications


Preferred Qualifications

• The Dean of the College of Business must be a visionary leader with a proven record in building positive relationships, securing funding, and managing finances.

• A clearly demonstrated entrepreneurial attitude and commitment to diversity and excellence are essential.

• In addition, we seek a leader who demonstrates: evidence of leadership in organizational and change management; experience designing and implementing new programs and initiatives; proven ability to lead a complex organization while articulating a clear vision and goals for the future; and, thoughtful organizational skills and deployment of resources in order to achieve strategic ends.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Job Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties Summary:
• Provides collegial and dynamic leadership for the College’s faculty, staff, students, and programs.

• Actively engages in fundraising and development activities to support the vision and mission of the College.

• Oversees relevant assessment and AACSB International accreditation processes.

• Responsible for overseeing global engagement, research, and student success at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

• Drives initiatives for the development of faculty, staff and students.

• Facilitate increases in resource acquisition via grants, contracts, and other external funding.

• Responsible for academic and strategic planning for the College to enhance its image and brand.

• Establishes and maintains effective professional relationships with diverse groups of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Supports college programs with academic quality and learning assessment measures to ensure compliance with University, AASCB, and SACS requirements.

• Establish and maintain effective professional relationships within the business community of small to large enterprises; government agencies; non-profit organizations; and alumni, resulting in employment opportunities for students. Develops and manages effectively and efficiently the human, physical, and financial resources of the College.

• Fosters and contributes to institutional leadership and collaboration by serving on the University Dean’s Council. Performs other duties as assigned by the Provost and President.

Posting Detail Information


EEO Statement

Jackson State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Background Check Statement

Jackson State University is committed to providing a safe campus. JSU conducts background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include reference checks, criminal history/record check and when appropriate a credit report or driving history report.

Open Date


Close Date


Open Until Filled (overrides close field)


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications and Deadlines: Interested candidates should send a letter of interest explaining, how their qualifications relates to the position responsibilities, a curriculum vita, and three letters of professional recommendation. Applications and nominations will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.

Nominations for these positions may be submitted to hrservices@jsums.edu with the subject line: Dean, College of Business.

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