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Dean, Woodbury School of Business
Utah Valley University
Dean of Woodbury School of Business
at Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University, the largest public, comprehensive university in the state of Utah, seeks an experienced and innovative leader with business expertise to serve as Dean of Woodbury School of Business. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean provides leadership, strategy, and vision to the school that align with UVU's mission and strategic plan. The ideal candidate will model UVU's core values of exceptional care, exceptional accountability, and exceptional results. Ideally, the new Dean will join the university no later than July 1, 2022, though the start date is negotiable.
See the Search Profile for complete information at https://myersmcrae.com/skins/userfiles/files/UVU-DeanWSB.pdf.
About the University
Utah Valley University (UVU) is an open-enrollment, dual-mission institution located in Orem, Utah, that serves as an integrated university and community college. Its focus is on engaged teaching and learning through hands-on activities, community engagement, and faculty-guided student research.
UVU is committed to preparing all students and employees for success in an increasingly complex, diverse, and globalized society. It promotes civility and respect for the dignity and potential of each individual. The university seeks to advance the understanding of diverse perspectives. It values and promotes collegial relationships and mutual respect among students, faculty, and staff. UVU acknowledges and works to address the needs of populations who are underrepresented and students with varying levels of academic preparation, even as it strives to provide access and support for all students and employees in ways that are culturally relevant and responsible.
At UVU, the administration, faculty, and staff believe everyone deserves the transforming benefits of high-quality education-that is affordable, accessible, and flexible. With opportunities to earn degrees ranging from certificates to master's degrees, UVU students succeed by gaining real-world experience and developing career-ready skills. As the university celebrated the milestone of its 80th anniversary in 2021, UVU continues to invite people to come as they are-and leave ready and prepared to make a difference in the world.
Established in 1941 as Central Utah Vocational School (CUVS) with the primary function of providing war production training, UVU has grown and evolved over the past 80 years to meet the ever-changing educational and technical needs of the community, the region, and the state. The educational institution has transformed from a vocational school to a trade technical institute, then a technical college, then a community college, then a state college and, in 2008, to a university offering master's degree programs.
Today, UVU serves nearly 41,000 students across the following eight colleges and schools: College of Engineering and Technology, College of Health and Public Service, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science, School of Education, School of the Arts, University College, and Woodbury School of Business. The university offers 211 degree options-11 master's, 91 bachelor's, 65 associate's, and 44 certificates.
Facilities span a combined total of 412 acres with 50 buildings on campuses in Orem, Provo, and Heber City, along with new developments in Vineyard and Lehi. Throughout its history, UVU has responded to its service region's (Utah, Wasatch, and Summit counties) population changes and business and industry needs.
Woodbury School of Business
Utah Valley University's Woodbury School of Business (WSB) is one of the largest accredited business schools in the nation. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and has undergraduate and graduate programs.
WSB offers a comprehensive curriculum at the undergraduate level, with 16 bachelor's degree programs, five associate degrees, nine minors, and six certificates. These programs include traditional disciplines, such as business management, finance, accounting, and marketing, as well as specific business-related offerings, such as digital marketing, sales, risk management and insurance, entrepreneurship, human resource management, and operations and supply chain management. A particular point of pride at the undergraduate level is a nationally recognized program in Personal Financial Planning.
At the master's level, WSB offers an MBA, a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) that leads to the CPA designation, and Master of Financial Planning and Analytics that results in students qualifying for the CFP and/or CFA designations. At both the graduate and undergraduate levels, industry certificates are an important part of the curricular offering.
Serving over 5,000 student majors, the school involves more than 1,200 students every year in significant engaged-learning experiences, including consulting projects, study abroad, competitions, internships, entrepreneurial ventures, mentored research, and other activities which enable students to put theory into practice. By connecting students with industry on a regular basis, WSB's award-winning faculty help students grow in both confidence and competence. At the same time, the faculty increase their own knowledge of the relationship between practice and theory, making them more effective teachers. WSB employs more than 120 full-time faculty and staff as well as approximately 150 part-time faculty and staff each semester.
Woodbury School of Business is named for a leading Utah business family with operations in Utah and throughout the region. An endowment of more than $20 million provides resources to experiment with new initiatives that benefit students and create stronger links to industry. Over the past several years, faculty members have used these resources to build a marketing consulting lab known as The Green House, a technology research lab called the SMARTLab, a nascent first-year experience for students, an NGO research and training project in Ghana, and a FinTech consulting experience.
As of January 2022, WSB moved into its new home, a 169,000 square-foot building named for prominent businessman Scott C. Keller. The technologically advanced Keller Building provides over 120 small group rooms where students can work on consulting projects, competition preparation, entrepreneurial ventures, classwork, and other team projects. Further, it houses classrooms built for a variety of pedagogical approaches, including interview rooms, oral presentation rooms, tutoring labs, podcast spaces, a large auditorium, and dedicated labs for engaged learning and pedagogical disruption.
WSB is located in a rapidly growing region with a robust economy. The Milken Institute ranked Provo/Orem as the #1 Best Performing City in the nation. Utah is ranked as the #1 State for GDP Growth and the #3 Top State for Business. Much of the growth is occurring within the high-tech sector. Silicon Slopes, 20 minutes from UVU's main campus, is the hub of the burgeoning tech and startup community. Headquartered in Lehi, Silicon Slopes is home to Adobe, Domo, Qualtrics, and many other high-profile corporations. Utah Valley University's WSB is a prominent part of that hub, with a campus centrally located in Lehi and a well-established partnership with Silicon Slopes. UVU offers a one-of-a-kind technology-management-emphasis MBA. The partnership provides unparalleled engaged learning and networking opportunities.
The new Dean of Woodbury School of Business will be committed to enhancing and executing WSB's strategic vision, facilitating student success through excellence in teaching and research, mentoring, overseeing fundraising, and engaging with diverse communities. The Dean's leadership will be based on cooperation, collaboration, honesty, personal accountability, and ethical governance. The Dean will work to ensure equitability within WSB and to foster an inclusive environment that supports a vibrant culture and respects all experiences and identities.
DESIRED LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS
- Seeks opportunities to motivate and mentor individuals professionally; empowers others to take on responsibility; fosters optimism and energy for reaching goals; helps individuals develop a broader understanding of potential career options and pathways; and commits to creating inclusive working, teaching, and learning environments.
- Conveys information, expectations, and ideas to individuals and groups in clear ways that produce effective coordination; seeks out and incorporates input from others; follows policies and protocols; and delivers and receives timely and regular feedback with candor and civility.
- Accomplishes goals and achieves high-quality results; follows through on commitments; makes timely and informed decisions; and holds self and the team accountable to carry out key responsibilities and operate by and adhere to the university's core themes and objectives.
- Understands and contributes to the university's mission, vision, and long-term objectives; anticipates and plans for potential internal and external changes; and focuses activities on aligning and achieving strategic goals for self, department, the school, and the university.
- Demonstrates professional and technical proficiency to perform primary responsibilities; delegates assignments to appropriate parties; carries out the planning and budgeting collaboratively with other relevant areas of campus; fosters an environment of professionalism and team building; and consistently stays up on current and future trends in areas of expertise.
- Builds a culture of trust by demonstrating integrity, showing respect for and genuine interest in individuals, listening carefully to others in appropriate decision-making moments, establishing and adhering to transparency of processes, being accountable, and interacting with others in ways that promote unity and confidence in self and the organization.
- Effectively understands and navigates the UVU environment (e.g., vertical and horizontal interaction, cultural differences among divisions, and a broad array of internal and external constituencies); understands how the university operates and the reasoning behind key practices and processes; and negotiates diplomatically and effectively.
- Communicates as an approachable leader to students, faculty, staff, and the greater community
- Possesses excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Master's degree or higher in business or a related field (Candidates with leadership experience outside of higher education and with substantial knowledge of higher education also will be considered.)
- At least five years of leadership experience, resulting in continuous growing and innovation of an organization
- Evidence of data-driven decision-making associated with an organization's strategic planning
- An understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of academic freedom and shared governance
- Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Evidence of collaboration with diverse groups
- Ph.D. in a business-related field from an AACSB-accredited university
- Familiarity and/or experience with current AACSB accreditation practices
- A record of research, teaching, and service that would merit a tenured appointment in Woodbury School of Business
- Evidence of fundraising experience
- Proven experience of engagements and collaborations with higher education groups, industry partners, and/or community entities that create positive social impact
- Experience leading undergraduate and graduate university programs
Orem and Lehi, Utah
Utah Valley University is in the city of Orem in north-central Utah, about 45 miles southeast of Salt Lake City and adjacent to Provo, Lindon, and Vineyard. Orem is one of the principal cities of the Provo-Orem Metropolitan Area, which has a population of more than 88,000, making it the sixth largest city in Utah.
Orem has a dynamic economy, growing employment, and career opportunities. More than 4,000 businesses call the city home. One of its fastest growing industrial sectors is technology companies.
Fifteen minutes from Orem is the city of Lehi. As Utah's sixth oldest city, Lehi is rich in pioneer and old west history. It is also the fifth fastest-growing city in the country with nearly 60,000 residents, double the population in 2000. The city offers a small-town feel with large-city amenities, low cost of living, diverse forms of entertainment, low crime rates, and great educational opportunities.
For those seeking major city amenities, Salt Lake City has them all. Pro sports, live entertainment, performing arts, museums, international and high cuisine dining, beautiful architecture, national brand stores and designer boutiques, and handcrafted treasures are all found in Utah's largest city.
APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.
1) Application packet must include:
a) A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position
b) Current curriculum vitae
c) At least four references with full contact information including e-mails (References will not be contacted
without consent from applicant.)
2) Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to UVU-DeanWSB@myersmcrae.com. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application.
Review of applications begins immediately. For best consideration, submit applications by April 13, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. https://apptrkr.com/2900704
Submit nominations to UVU-DeanWSBfirstname.lastname@example.org with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.
Kenny Daugherty, President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is assisting Utah Valley University with this search. Schedule a conversation regarding this search at KennyDaugherty@myersmcrae.com.
Utah Valley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access Employer and committed to fostering a diverse workforce. As an inclusive community, we actively seek diversity among our applicants. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply. It is the policy and practice of UVU is to recruit and select applicants on the basis of their qualifications, knowledge, skills, and abilities. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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