Xavier University, a Jesuit Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition, seeks an experienced, inclusive and forward-thinking leader to serve the University as the next Dean of the Williams College of Business (WCB).
Founded in 1831 and located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Xavier University is annually ranked among the nation's best universities. Its four colleges offer 90+ undergraduate majors, 60+ minors and 40+ graduate programs to approximately 7,000 total students, including 5,000 undergraduates. Driven by its commitment to advance the common good and to its Jesuit ideals, mission and identity, the Xavier community challenges and supports students as they cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action. Diversity and inclusion are central to Xavier's mission, as is the commitment to cura personalis — the care for the entire person. In the 2023 U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges list, Xavier was recognized as a "National University" for the first time. This recognition comes on the heels of steady expansion both academically and geographically as more than 60% of Xavier's students now come from outside of Ohio. Further, approximately 20% of the student population are students of color, with students from 47 countries as well as 19 religions represented.
The Williams College of Business is the nationally known business college at Xavier University. The College has received accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for all of its majors. The College is also ranked by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report for several business specializations. Through their educational experiences, students are empowered to improve organizations and society, consistent with the Jesuit tradition. For undergraduates, the College builds on Xavier's strong liberal arts program to provide each student with excellent technical skills in their specific major as well soft skills that are applicable for any career. Ninety-eight percent of students are employed, are attending graduate school or are volunteering within six months of graduation. For MBAs, the College strengthens student proficiencies in the core competencies and enhances students' business acumen. The Williams College of Business is named for Cincinnati's iconic Williams Family. William Williams was chairman of Western & Southern Life Insurance, as well as part owner of the Cincinnati Reds, while Helen Williams, an alumna of Edgecliff College, was a trustee of St. Margaret Hall, Wilberforce University and Summit Country Day School.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will provide vision and leadership for the Williams College of Business and serve as the voice of the College's faculty, students and staff in championing the development and execution of a bold, optimistic and progressive vision. The Dean will lead the faculty in shaping the future of the College, in building its recognition and reputation and in strengthening enrollment. They will collaborate with a passionate constituency of faculty, staff, alumni, undergraduate and graduate students as well as internal and external partners. An experienced leader with the interpersonal qualities to inspire esprit de corps, the new Dean will continue the College's efforts to build a collaborative decision-making community, be passionately interested in and accessible to students and their holistic development, and demonstrate strong organizational and management skills.
The ideal candidate will bring an appreciation of and commitment to Xavier's Jesuit Catholic mission with an ability to embed this mission into the life and priorities of the College. The new Dean will bring an unwavering commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion and a proven record of conveying this commitment through their actions. WCB seeks a diverse pool of applicants who bring a plethora of professional and life experiences. Xavier seeks candidates with an earned doctorate or terminal degree and progressive leadership experience in higher education; candidates with extensive business experience, a record of outstanding achievement and the ability to succeed in an academic, shared governance environment will be considered.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at www.wittkieffer.com. Professional references are not requested at this time.
WittKieffer is assisting Xavier University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Friday March 10, 2023.
Xavier University is part of the 500 year-old Jesuit Catholic Tradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts and is strongly committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. These values are central to our mission. We strive for a climate of respect and inclusiveness that welcomes and supports members from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, is committed to unreservedly to open and free inquiry and deliberately seeks out multiple perspectives.
Xavier University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.