About the Opus College of Business
Business Dean Search
The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, seeks an exceptional leader to become its next dean, one who will advance its vision to be recognized nationally and internationally for educating highly-principled global business leaders.
Having just successfully completed a $515 million capital campaign, the University of St. Thomas stands poised to expand and enhance its vision to educate leaders with a strong moral core who will advance the common good by shaping their communities locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
As one of the largest colleges within the university, the Opus College of Business is dedicated to advancing the university’s mission through business programs that transform the way business is taught and practiced. The Opus College of Business, accredited two years ahead of schedule by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in 2010, earned the ranking of 104 nationally by U.S. News and World Report in its first year of eligibility.
A Catholic, liberal arts university, St. Thomas emphasizes active, inquiry-based learning; service and community engagement; and faculty research that fosters student development. Within the Opus College of Business, a distinctive curricular blend of theory and practice, coupled with an emphasis on ethical decision-making in real-world business scenarios, adds value and context to the student experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The dean of the Opus College of Business will join an exceptional community of faculty who bring to the classroom industry experience; expertise in current practices; strong academic and professional credentials; a dedication to teaching and active learning; and a commitment to research, professional engagement and service to the university and the community. Faculty and staff actively advance the university’s vision of academic distinction through a global focus, student-faculty collaboration in research and service projects, and by helping students find their own paths to meaningful and successful lives.
Under the decade-long leadership of its current dean, the Opus College of Business has grown substantially, increasing its full-time faculty roster to 100, including seven endowed chairs. The college has expanded and enhanced its graduate degree programs to include a leading-edge full-time MBA that complements its part-time and specialized MBA programs; as well as masters of science degrees in accountancy and real estate. With more than 2,300 students, the undergraduate business population has grown to represent over 35 percent of the total undergraduate population of the university, while the graduate student population now accounts for 30 percent of total graduate enrollment. A professional staff of 110 assists and supports the academic programs of the college and its 12 centers and institutes, including a well-established executive education program under the Center for Business Excellence. The addition of two new buildings comprising 161,000 square feet between 2004 and 2006, as well as gifts totaling $60 million, further augmented the college’s facilities and resource base.
The next dean of the Opus College of Business will build upon the many successes of the business school and further enhance its programs, reputation and stature. He or she should be a proven academic and scholar with an earned doctorate and a record of teaching, research and professional engagement that would merit a tenured appointment in the college.
The dean will have exceptional administrative experience and a demonstrated track record of achievements as a leader in a recognized school of business. He or she will have the professional presence and communication skills to interact with business leaders, benefactors and alumni; and to build lasting and productive relationships with the business community in the Twin Cities area and beyond.
The dean will embrace the college’s shared governance system and have the capacity to collaboratively develop processes and incentive systems that motivate, energize and empower faculty and staff to reach their personal and organizational goals. He or she will also have the entrepreneurial spirit to strategically assess and take advantage of new opportunities for college growth, and the competitive drive to meet the difficult challenges confronting management education in the 21st century.
The next dean will be a forward-thinking, inspirational and authentic leader with unquestioned integrity and a deep understanding of and commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition.
The new dean will lead the college during a time of great potential. He or she will play a critical role in implementing the next phase of the college’s growth and will have an unparalleled opportunity to make a personal mark on the future of the college.
Procedure for Candidacy
Nominations, expressions of interest and applications (including cover letter and résumé) should be submitted via email to USTBusinessDean@wittkieffer.com. Material that cannot be emailed may be sent to:
University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
Attention: Katherine Haley/Howard T. Jessamy
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Kate Haley at (603) 748-4399 or Howard Jessamy at (301) 654-5070.
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.