University of Dayton, Dean, School of Business Administration

The next Dean will provide visionary leadership to the academic and administrative activities of the School of Business Administration (SBA); advance its national and international reputation; ensure the recruitment and development of excellent faculty, staff, and students; foster a research and educational environment of inclusive and intercultural excellence; and secure and allocate resources. The Dean will join an experienced administrative team and a vibrant faculty that is deeply engaged with teaching, research, and service. Recognizing the University of Dayton’s distinctive mission and identity, the Dean will lead the SBA in its efforts to foster and deepen engagement with Catholic intellectual tradition and Marianist educational philosophy. Both the SBA and the university play an integral role in shaping the City of Dayton’s community and culture. The next Dean will enhance the school’s role as a community leader. At an institution where collaboration, community, and collegiality are the foundation, a servant-leader capable of nurturing relationships both internally and externally will thrive.

School of Business Administration

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and named a Princeton Review “best business school” for its MBA program, the SBA provides a rich educational experience by integrating a liberal arts education with its business programs using a strong theory-to-practice approach. The school offers nine baccalaureate level majors and an MBA program through four academic departments: Accounting; Economics & Finance; Management & Marketing; and Management Information Systems, Operations Management, & Decision Sciences.

Beginning in the fall of 2017, the SBA will also offer Master of Finance and Master of Professional Accountancy degrees and will partner with 2U to launch an online MBA program. This will place UD among a select set of institutions partnering with 2U, including Northwestern, New York University, Vanderbilt University, Syracuse University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The provost has committed to funding 16 new faculty lines in the SBA over the next four years, constituting an increase of over 25% in the school’s faculty, thus creating a unique leadership and resource opportunity for the next Dean. With over 2,100 students, including just over 170 graduate students, SBA students currently comprise approximately 20 percent of the university’s student population. The population of graduate students is expected to grow to over 600 students in two to three years.

With an emphasis on integrity, community, service, and social justice, the 65 full¬-time faculty in the SBA seek an intentional balance between research and teaching. The faculty engage and deliver rigorous teaching and produce influential scholarship. Over the past five years, SBA faculty authored 217 peer-reviewed journal articles, including 21 publications in the Financial Times 50 (FT 50). Additionally, SBA faculty were editors of four journals including one in the FT 50, associate or senior editors at 12 journals including three in the FT 50, and editorial board members of 16 journals including one in the FT 50.

The entrepreneurship program at the University of Dayton has been ranked as one of the top 20 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine for the past ten years. The program is designed to provide students a hands-on entrepreneurship experience and access to a vibrant start-up ecosystem. UD students have myriad opportunities to experience entrepreneurship first-hand. Flyer Enterprises is the fourth largest student-run business in the country. With more than 180 students participating in nine divisions, Flyer Enterprises generates over $1.2 million in annual sales through its nine business units. Flyer Angels is a seven-figure private equity fund led and managed by students. Its mission is to create experiential learning opportunities for students, enabling them to learn how to “sit across the table” from entrepreneurs. Flyer Pitch, UD’s Business Plan Competition, is the only global, multi-site, collegiate business plan competition, with six rounds spread over three countries. Previous finalists have gone on to generate more than $9 million in start-up funding. All majors and the MBA provide (and require) “hands-on” capstone experiences.

SBA students are actively involved in many other experiential learning opportunities that are enhanced by the school’s Centers of Excellence. Students in the Davis Center for Portfolio Management manage the Flyer Investment Fund, an investment portfolio with approximately $22 million of the UD endowment. The Hanley Trading Center students operate the Hanley Sustainability Fund, a $100,000 portfolio that seeks to outperform the overall stock market while investing in “sustainable” companies. The Center for Project Excellence applies student expertise to help area businesses solve complex problems. The Center for the Integration of Faith and Work supports and promotes research on how UD’s Catholic and Marianist heritage can inform and enrich business practices, policies, and leadership. The Fiore Talarico Center for Professional Selling aims to produce world-class business-to-business sales professionals, using nationally-recognized best practices in sales management.

More on the Centers of Excellence in the SBA can be found here.

University of Dayton

The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is recognized as a top-ten Catholic institution of higher learning and a top-ten Catholic research university. As a Marianist university, UD strives to educate for formation in faith; provide an integral, quality education; educate in family spirit; educate for service, justice, and peace; and educate for adaptation and change. It has both preserved and adapted its core values as it has grown, redefined itself, and achieved remarkable success over more than a century and a half. It is deeply committed to pursuing diversity within a common mission, building consensus, and fulfilling its founding vision of educating the whole person through the union of learning and scholarship with leadership and service. The institution’s hallmark is learning that spans the boundaries of the liberal arts and the professions, integrates theory and practice, and reaches out to the greater community in order to strengthen public and civic life. UD’s culture is defined by a strong commitment to collegiality, excellence in serving students and one another, and a sense of inclusive community.

The university comprises four professional schools, including the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Health Sciences, Engineering, and Law and the College of Arts and Sciences. More than 82 academic programs are available at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, master’s degrees and/or doctoral programs are offered in a range of liberal arts, business, education, health sciences, engineering disciplines, and interdisciplinary fields. Across all programs, university faculty are committed to providing students with excellent classroom and real world experiences, and value the inclusive leadership style that has been the tradition at the university. UD has 607 full-time faculty (420 tenured/tenure-track and 187 non-tenure track), 390 part-time faculty, and nearly 1,800 staff members.

One of the nation’s largest Catholic universities, with an enrollment of nearly 11,000 students, including 8,000 undergraduates, recent entering classes have been among the largest and most gifted at the university to date. The entering class of 2016 had an average SAT score of 1133; the average ACT score was 26.6, and 86 percent of the entering class were in the top 50 percent of their high school graduating classes. Approximately 43 percent of undergraduate students are Ohio residents with an additional 55 percent coming from outside of the state. International students comprise 16 percent of the student population, while 6 percent are underrepresented populations. The university’s commitment to residential living means that almost 93 percent of first-year students and 70 percent of students overall live in university-owned housing: residence halls, apartments, and houses in the distinctive student neighborhoods adjoining campus. Additionally, the university offers a broad range of co-curricular and extracurricular activities, from competitive athletics in the Atlantic 10 Conference to more than 200 student clubs and organizations.

At a time when many universities are facing serious financial challenges, the University of Dayton, a tuition-dependent private institution, is on steady financial ground illustrated by the recent upgrade of our bond rating to A+ by Standard & Poor’s. The university’s budget is approximately $463 million with sponsored research in excess of $117 million and an endowment of approximately $700 million. The University of Dayton recently hired a new Vice President for Advancement, Jennifer Howe, whose previous position was the Associate Chancellor for University Development at Vanderbilt University. Together with a new President, Eric Spina, they look forward to actively engaging UD’s more than 112,000 alumni worldwide to focus on expanding charitable giving to the university.

The university is situated on a picturesque 388-acre campus comprising over 40 academic, recreational, athletic, and administrative facilities. The university has invested considerably in its physical plant in recent years, including the construction of a $25.3 million fitness and recreation center, a $22 million renovation of the science center, and a $12 million renovation of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

The University of Dayton’s River Campus, adjacent to the main campus, includes the 1700 South Patterson Building and 115 acres of land near the Great Miami River. The university is transforming the 455,000-square-foot former Fortune 500 corporate headquarters of NCR Corp. into a stunning academic and research facility. The building houses, among other things, the University of Dayton Research Institute, the Center for Leadership, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, MBA and Education graduate classes, and an Alumni Center. Additionally, the university, in partnership with Premier Health, recently purchased the former Montgomery County fairgrounds, expanding the contiguous campus footprint. The acquisition will provide opportunities for the university to shape and leverage this prime location.

The GE Aviation Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center (EPISCenter), which opened in the fall of 2013, and the recently opened Emerson Climate Technologies facility, The Helix Innovation Center, are located on eight acres of the UD campus. These facilities foster an ambitious, collaborative environment between cutting edge companies, faculty, and students to conduct research and to create and market new technologies. UD enjoys strong business community support and respect, an asset that can be leveraged by the new Dean.

The university has an increasingly international profile and portfolio, and is committed to preparing students to be global citizens. This is accomplished both at home and abroad through an excellent international partnership network, a growing international student and faculty population, integrated curriculum development, and innovative education abroad programs. In 2011, the university also established the University of Dayton China Institute, a 68,000-square-foot center for research, professional education, and study abroad programs in Suzhou, China that fosters collaboration between students in China and students from Dayton.

For more information about the university visit the university website.

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Dayton, Ohio

The Dayton metropolitan area, also known as the Miami Valley, has a population of approximately one million and is a diverse community boasting a rich history of innovation and invention, a renewed downtown, historic neighborhoods, and a highly favorable cost of living and quality of life.

Since the arrival of the first settlers in 1796, Dayton has always been a place for pioneering vision and change. This innovative area, which is the southern anchor to the Ohio aviation corridor, continues to be a center of entrepreneurship and technology and is birthplace to corporations such as Delco, Mead, NCR, and Standard Register, and is presently home to Teradata and LexisNexis. Dayton is also in close proximity of both Columbus and Cincinnati, providing easy access to multiple universities, including The Ohio State University, Miami University of Ohio, Xavier University, and the University of Cincinnati, among others.

A mid-sized city with a vibrant arts community, Dayton is home to numerous professional dance, theatre and musical arts groups as well as world-class venues and museums, such as the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center and the Dayton Art Institute. The region is home to a nationally recognized park system and large network of bicycle trails. The Dayton Dragons, a minor league baseball team connected to the Cincinnati Reds, play in a beautiful downtown stadium and hold a national record for sold-out season tickets. While much is available in Dayton, the Southwest Ohio region offers additional resources and entertainment opportunities.

More information on the Dayton region can be found here.

University of Dayton Leadership

Eric F. Spina, Ph.D., President
Eric Spina is the 19th President of the University of Dayton. He was unanimously selected by the board of trustees in September 2015 and took office July 1, 2016. He has joined UD following a distinguished 27-¬year career at Syracuse University, where he was responsible for all aspects of the university’s academic and research mission, serving as Vice Chancellor and Provost for nearly nine years. President Spina’s commitment to academic excellence is demonstrated through his tenure and service at Syracuse University. Dr. Spina was instrumental in hiring approximately 250 new faculty members and many deans who came from top ranked programs and schools. Dr. Spina earned doctoral and master’s degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree with university honors in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. As a mechanical and aerospace engineer, Dr. Spina has more than 20 years of research experience in experimental fluid mechanics. President Spina is completing a particularly successful first year at UD which has seen entrepreneurship and innovation emerge as important themes.

Paul H. Benson, Ph.D., Provost
Paul Benson is Provost and Professor of philosophy and has been with the university for 31 years. Before his recent appointment as provost, he served as Interim Provost, as Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, as Associate Dean for Integrated Learning and Curriculum, and as chairperson of the department of philosophy. Before being appointed department chair, he served as Director of the CORE program and was twice named a finalist for the College of Arts and Sciences’ outstanding teaching award. He taught at Virginia Tech and the University of Vermont before coming to the University of Dayton. Dr. Benson received his bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, in philosophy from St. Olaf College and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded a four-year Danforth Graduate Fellowship and a one ¬year Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to pursue doctoral work at Princeton, where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy. Dr. Benson specializes in ethics and moral psychology.

The next Dean of the SBA has the exceptional opportunity, at an important and historic juncture for the school, to join this new leadership team that is excited about the future of the University of Dayton and that embraces the important role the School of Business Administration will play in it. This new team provides the new Dean a transformative opportunity to capitalize on past accomplishments while building the School and advancing its success.

Key Initiatives and Accountabilities of the Dean

The University of Dayton seeks a Dean who will embrace its Catholic, Marianist mission and sharpen its vision to better contribute to the long-term development and advancement of the School of Business Administration and the university. Working closely with administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the Dean will guide the school’s academic and strategic planning, advance its national and international reputation, and work to secure the resources necessary to fulfill its goals. The next SBA Dean will be a strategic and accomplished academic leader with vision and an entrepreneurial spirit.

The overarching challenge and opportunity for the new Dean is to build on the school’s considerable assets such that its national and international recognition continues to grow.

Specific accountabilities of the new Dean include the following:

  • Hone the SBA’s vision and raise its profile both internally and externally by proactively and persuasively articulating the unique elements of the school;
  • Implement a strategy for the SBA as a unique academic unit and as an integrated partner with the overall university and its mission;
  • Strengthen relationships and foster deep engagement between the SBA, the business community, the public sector, and other constituencies;
  • Build a more visible, coherent, and consistent brand for the SBA;
  • Generate new revenue streams and steward finances for the SBA, particularly from private philanthropy;
  • Lead advancement efforts in coordination with the Advancement Office and with President Spina;
  • Enhance excellence in research, teaching, and service;
  • Recruit outstanding faculty commensurate with program growth;
  • Promote and encourage the growth and development of the next generation of SBA leadership as part of a succession plan;
  • Successfully contribute to the launch of the MBA@Dayton online program through the 2U partnership, while continuing to explore curricular innovations;
  • Successfully contribute to the launch of the new professional master’s degree programs in accounting and finance; and
  • Enhance diversity in all of its forms across the SBA; recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff, and students and enhance the curriculum to promote inclusive and intercultural excellence.

Qualifications and Expertise

The successful candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  • A terminal degree and an academic record that would earn tenure and warrant the rank of full professor at the University of Dayton School of Business Administration;
  • Successful experience in a leadership role within higher education that demonstrates ability to skillfully oversee a large faculty and staff;
  • Successful experience cultivating, nurturing, and collaborating with external business constituents; and
  • Successful experience strategically managing and implementing a multifaceted budget.

The ideal candidate will also bring many of the following professional qualifications:

  • An informed understanding of UD’s mission as a Catholic and Marianist institution and a strong commitment to strengthen the Catholic intellectual tradition in business education;
  • A track record of entrepreneurial, transformative leadership that inspires and encourages faculty, staff, and students to a commit to a unified, strategic vision, which moves the school towards recognition as a national leader in Catholic business education;
  • Significant evidence of the ability to lead development efforts in partnership with University Advancement so that fundraising priorities match SBA strategic objectives;
  • Excellent communication and relationship ¬building skills that demonstrate the ability to work well as a collaborative and consultative member of the university senior leadership team while advocating for the school to thrive as a key player in the overall university strategy and business and civic community;
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and sustaining strong relationships within the business community that resulted in financial support and experiential learning opportunities;
  • Demonstrated success hiring exceptional faculty and staff and providing an environment in which they can flourish through meaningful discourse, collaboration, and professional development;
  • A track record of advancing diversity from historically underrepresented groups, an ability to articulate an understanding of the educational and social value of a diverse community, and a record of fostering an inclusive climate;
  • Ability to foster an environment that encourages creative thinking about curriculum and meaningful service utilizing innovative projects and initiatives, along with a clear commitment to and understanding of the value, importance, and delivery of undergraduate liberal arts and professional business education;
  • A clear commitment to and understanding of the importance of research as evidenced by publications in the top journals of the discipline;
  • Astute business acumen; and
  • Successful experience leading an AACSB accreditation process.

Applications and Nominations

The University of Dayton 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. Background checks will be performed on all final candidates.

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

Amy Sugin, Partner
Melissa Trotta, Ed.D., Vice President
Neumann Executive Search Partners
Boston, MA

To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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