Northeastern University – D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Associate Dean, Executive Programs


The Search

Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB) seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial leader to serve as its Associate Dean for Executive Programs. The ideal candidate will be a visionary and collegial professional who understands both corporate and academic environments. The Associate Dean is responsible for the leadership of all executive education activities at DMSB, including custom executive education programs and non-degree certificate programs that enhance both the reputation and revenue profile of the school. Reporting directly to the Dean, s/he is an important liaison to the school’s Board of Visitors and an essential member of the DMSB’s senior leadership team in the development and execution of the school’s strategic plan.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University, a private university founded in 1898, has emerged as one of the most dynamic universities in the country over the past decade and has evolved into a U.S. News & World Report ‘Top-40’ National University. The university, situated in the heart of Boston—a vibrant hub of business, innovation, and technology—is a leader in worldwide experiential learning and interdisciplinary research focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and globalization. Northeastern enrolls nearly 27,000 students across 116 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 189 graduate programs, ranging from doctoral programs to graduate certificates, in nine schools and colleges. It also offers select advanced degrees at its regional campuses in Charlotte, Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Toronto, Canada.

Focusing on high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, health informatics, computer science, and business, the new regional campuses strategically align the university’s educational and research strengths with the needs of vibrant regional economies, as well as support Northeastern’s strategy to link its more than 3,100 co-op employer partners and more than 225,000 alumni into a truly global educational network.

With a main campus located in the heart of Boston, in the biomedical research corridor and arts district, Northeastern University is a private research institution offering a wide range of programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine schools and colleges that comprise nearly 18,000 undergraduates, more than 8,900 graduate students, and over 5,000 faculty and staff. Under the leadership of President Joseph E. Aoun, Northeastern has made rapid and significant advances in admissions selectivity, faculty hiring, research activity, globalization of its experiential learning programs, philanthropic support, and academic reputation, among other innovations such as launching Northeastern’s regional campus network.

Mission and Academic Plan

The Northeastern University community is developing a new ten-year academic plan, Northeastern 2025, that will leverage the university’s strengths in global experiential-based learning and building networks to create the university of the future.

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The D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration was founded in 1922. Four years ago, it was renamed the D’Amore-McKim School of Business in recognition of generous benefactors Rich D’Amore and Alan McKim, who combined forces to make a $60 million investment in the school’s future. Since then, the school has undergone an extraordinary transformation, including a 25% increase in full-time faculty and a 34% increase in top-tier journal publications. From being the most highly published school in the Journal of International Business Studies to being ranked 7th on U.S. News and World Report‘s new Most Innovative Schools list, Northeastern continues to develop cutting-edge research and learning opportunities that address real business challenges.

D’Amore-McKim offers a unique model of business education that purposely blends innovative classroom learning with real-world business application. Its students explore cutting-edge theory with professors, fusing knowledge with learning experiences that include cooperative education or corporate residency, study abroad, and community service. Similarly, the school’s resulting connections with the corporate world influence its research agendas, which, in turn, shape innovative new business practices. This synergy enables D’Amore-McKim students to become successful business leaders who are both thinkers and doers, and thus highly qualified to think critically and leave their mark on the global business world.

D’Amore-McKim employs approximately 175 faculty members and enrolls nearly 6,000 students.

University and Business School Leadership

Joseph E. Aoun, Ph.D., President

Dr. Joseph Aoun, a leader in higher education policy and an internationally renowned scholar in linguistics, is the seventh President of Northeastern University. A respected voice on the value of global and experiential education, President Aoun has enhanced Northeastern’s signature co-op program with opportunities around the world and additional flexibility. Students have worked, studied, and conducted research in 131 countries, on all seven continents.

President Aoun has strategically aligned the university’s research enterprise with three global imperatives—health, security, and sustainability.  Northeastern is home to seven federally recognized research centers and institutes, including the Center for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats, the Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, the Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine, the Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems, and the Institute for Information Assurance.  Northeastern’s faculty focus on interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship, and on transforming research into commercial solutions that address the world’s most pressing problems.

Northeastern’s excellence in education, research, and urban and global engagement is attracting highly talented applicants from throughout the U.S. and around the world.  This year, it received more than 50,000 applications for freshman admission—the highest in the university’s history.  During Dr. Aoun’s presidency, Northeastern has also established an innovative network of regional campuses in Charlotte, NC, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto, and has amassed one of the largest libraries of online and hybrid professional master’s programs of any university in the U.S.

President Aoun came to Northeastern from the University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences where he was the inaugural holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair. He received his Ph.D. in linguistics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advanced degrees from the University of Paris (France) VIII and Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon).

President Aoun has published seven books and written more than 40 articles. In 2006, he was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms) by the French government.  In 2011, he received the Robert A. Muh Award from MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the immediate past Chair of the American Council on Education (ACE). In 2013, President Aoun was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

James C. Bean, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. James Bean joined Northeastern University as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in July 2015. Dr. Bean came to Northeastern from the University of Oregon, where he held several leadership roles, including five years as Provost and four years as Dean of the Lundquist College of Business. During his tenure as Provost, Dr. Bean sig­nif­i­cantly improved the quality of stu­dents and fac­ulty, while also mod­ern­izing the university’s bud­geting system. He also led spe­cial projects for the uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent and Busi­ness School Dean in recent years, including a plan for a Divi­sion of Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Applied Sci­ence and for the university’s inno­v­a­tive sports product management program.

Prior to his time at Oregon, Dr. Bean held key lead­er­ship roles at the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan, including as Asso­ciate Dean for Grad­uate Edu­ca­tion and Inter­na­tional Pro­grams in the Col­lege of Engi­neering and as Asso­ciate Dean for Aca­d­emic Affairs. As an engi­neering fac­ulty member at Michigan, Bean co-directed a unique man­u­fac­turing part­ner­ship—the Tauber Institute for Global Operations—between the Stephen M. Ross School of Busi­ness and the Col­lege of Engi­neering and many industry part­ners. He is a widely pub­lished scholar who has received grants from both fed­eral insti­tu­tions and industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math­e­matics from Harvey Mudd Col­lege, and his master’s degree and doc­torate in oper­a­tions research from Stan­ford University.

Hugh Courtney, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of International Business and Strategy, D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Dr. Hugh Courtney joined the D’Amore-McKim School of Business as Dean and Professor of International Business and Strategy in July 2012. Dr. Courtney was previously the Vice Dean and Professor of the Practice of Strategy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also served as the Smith School’s Associate Dean of Executive Programs. Dr. Courtney was a consultant with McKinsey & Company for nine years where he was a leader of its Strategy Practice and served clients on six continents across multiple industry sectors. He also served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of D&E Communications, Inc., a provider of voice, data and video services, and as a board member and treasurer for two Washington, DC-based non-profit organizations.

Dr. Courtney’s teaching and research interests fall in the area of strategic decision-making under uncertainty, industry and competitor analysis, and the role of use-inspired business research in influencing business practice. Dr. Courtney is the former Associate Editor of Long Range Planning and has served as a reviewer of manuscripts for the Strategic Management Journal and book proposals for the Harvard Business School Press. From 2007-09, he served as the Practice Representative for the Competitive Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) and co-led McKinsey & Company’s co-sponsorship of the SMS Annual Conference in 2001. Dr. Courtney has served as a peer reviewer for AACSB accreditation teams and has been a featured speaker at numerous business, academic, and educational conferences.

Dr. Courtney holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Dr. Courtney will conclude his tenure as Dean at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, and he will remain a member of the D’Amore McKim School’s tenured faculty.  A search for his successor is currently underway.

The Role

The Associate Dean for Executive Programs is responsible for developing and maintaining a strong portfolio of business partner relationships that are mutually beneficial to the school and to the business organizations. These partnerships are built on educational programming, consulting and research projects, and student recruiting services which further DMSB’s mission and serve its partners’ talent development and business knowledge needs. The Associate Dean’s primary focus is to drive custom executive education and non-degree certificate program growth with new and current business partners. The individual in this position also plays a significant role in providing the school’s partners access to DMSB faculty and staff who lead research and student placement programs. The Associate Dean leads recruitment for and ongoing management of DMSB’s Board of Visitors, which serves as the corporate advisory board for all aspects of the school’s mission and strategy.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

The D’Amore-McKim School of Business seeks an Associate Dean who has strategic leadership ability, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and a track record of success in relationship building and program development with a variety of corporate partners. A professional who thrives in a setting that rewards creativity and innovation will be most successful in this role. Required experience includes professional services and/or senior level business development background. Custom executive education experience or its equivalent is preferred. An MBA or other relevant advanced degree is required.

The successful candidate will possess the following skills and abilities:

  • History of client relationship development and leading strategic growth initiatives related to corporate and executive education, as well as an appreciation for Northeastern’s strength in delivering experiential education;
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible management, business, or relevant higher education experience;
  • At least 5 years of managerial/supervisory experience;
  • Proven business development, networking, relationship marketing, and consultative selling skills; comfort with calling on all levels of an organization;
  • Strong business, financial, and strategic acumen;
  • Quantitative and budget management skills;
  • Strong understanding of executive/adult education best practices; experience leading and managing executive development programs is strongly preferred;
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and activities, as well as ability to manage multiple and competing priorities under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Extensive knowledge of custom and technology-delivered executive education; and
  • Understanding of international demand for U.S. business education and opportunities to leverage that demand for both customized executive programs and non-degree programs.

Leadership qualities of the Associate Dean will include:

  • Strong interest in developing entrepreneurial business opportunities as a brand ambassador for the school;
  • Ability to engage, inform, motivate, and develop faculty and staff teams;
  • Intellectual curiosity and understanding of business school research and programming and how to translate this knowledge into value-creating executive education opportunities;
  • Ability to build connections between faculty and corporate clients;
  • Appreciation of faculty expertise and culture, as well as the ability to grow, develop, and coalesce faculty who can thrive in delivering executive education programs;
  • Strong internal and external network building skills in order to grow both the supply and demand for DMSB executive programs;
  • Extensive interest in and knowledge of business education in order to help shape the DMSB’s broader strategy;
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written; ability to make appearances and communicate ideas to senior and executive audiences in public and private forums;
  • Flexibility and comfort with ambiguity as client needs and expectations evolve; and
  • A positive, “can-do” mindset that inspires both internal and external stakeholders.

Applications and Nominations

Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business has retained the services of Neumann Executive Search Partners to assist with this search. Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made.

Final candidates will be required to complete a background check successfully.

Inquiries, referrals, and resumes with a detailed letter of interest, including relevant qualifications and accomplishments, should be sent in confidence to:

Andy Evans, Principal
Melissa Trotta, Ed.D., Vice President
Neumann Executive Search Partners
Boston, MA

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to attracting faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds.

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