About the Opus College of Business
Business Dean Search
The University of St. Thomas, a thriving Catholic, comprehensive, liberal arts university in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, seeks an exceptional leader to become the next dean of the Opus College of Business.
The dean will have the opportunity to work closely with new president Dr. Julie Sullivan, whose own disciplinary background and academic experience are in business. With a new president on board and the successful completion of the university’s $515 million capital campaign last spring, the University of St. Thomas and its Opus College of Business stand poised to build on their strength and momentum to further enhance their reputation, stature and programs.
Under the decade-long leadership of its current dean, the Opus College of Business has grown substantially, increasing its full-time faculty to 100, including seven endowed chairs. The depth of this faculty is further enhanced by its diversity; minorities make up nearly 10 percent of the faculty, while more than 20 percent are of international origin. Academic programs have been enhanced and the college has increased its standing nationally and within the thriving Minnesota business community, which is headquarters to 19 Fortune 500 companies. The recent addition of two new buildings comprising 161,000 square feet, as well as gifts totaling $60 million, have further augmented the college’s facilities and resource base.
Accredited two years ahead of schedule by the AACSB in 2010, the Opus College of Business ranked in the top 25 percent of the nation’s accredited business schools by U.S. News and World Report. The college’s undergraduate program recently jumped 26 places and is currently ranked 80th in the Bloomberg Businessweek business school rankings. The college also enjoys a national reputation in business ethics and entrepreneurship.
The college has a large and vibrant graduate program, including a full-time, part-time, executive and health care MBA, as well as specialized master’s degrees in accountancy, real estate and business communication. The college is also home to the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, 11 research and outreach centers, and a well-established executive education unit.
The new dean will lead the college during a time of great potential, with the opportunity to build upon the many successes of the business school. Addressing that potential will require an individual of considerable experience and skill both internally and externally. A strong leader and manager of people and programs is absolutely required, and a track record of successful engagement with external constituencies – especially in terms of both corporate partnerships and individual philanthropy – is highly desirable. The next dean will be a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, inspirational and authentic leader with unquestioned integrity and a clear appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition. A terminal degree and a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship are preferred.
Procedure for Candidacy
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin in September and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, and the names and contact information for five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Materials should be sent electronically via email to the university’s consultants, Katherine Haley or Howard Jessamy, at USTOpusDean@wittkieffer.com.
The University of St. Thomas will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. With respect to religion and creed, as permitted by law, the university reserves the right to exercise discretion in employment decisions to employ persons who share and are committed to the values and mission of the university.