Abilene Christian University (ACU) invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (HBS). ACU is seeking a scholar and leader enthusiastic about the remarkable leadership possibility this role represents at a uniquely innovative and forward-looking university, and the opportunity to lead in an educational environment where the University’s mission of cultivating Christian service and leadership is a shared commitment of the entire community.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean ensures the academic and spiritual integrity of the College, is responsible for all program activities, and provides intellectual and spiritual leadership to faculty, staff, and students to ensure fulfillment of the mission of ACU and the HBS College. The Dean is responsible for the College’s strategic planning; program development, assessment, and continuous improvement; alumni relations; and administrative affairs, including the recruitment and retention of faculty and students. Primary job responsibilities include to lead and represent HBS faculty, staff, students, and alumni; resource and support HBS faculty, staff, students, and alumni; oversee and direct the College’s departments, schools, and programs; and engage in teaching, mentoring, research, and service.
ACU has, over the past decade, grown to national university status as a Carnegie-classified doctoral/professional institution; established an online branch campus based in Dallas that has more than 2,000 students enrolled; launched more than 30 new academic programs; emerged into NCAA Division I play; seen the University endowment grow to $675 million; become a top producer of Fulbright Scholars; and has been ranked in the top 50 nationally for undergraduate teaching and research by U.S. News and World Report.
Abilene Christian has an ambitious strategic plan which includes as its first pillar elevating ACU’s academic brand to that of a world-class, faith-based national university. As part of that initiative, the University is reorganizing its academic departments, including the creation of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences as well as the College of Science and Engineering (a search that is concurrent with this Dean search).
The inaugural HBS Dean will have the unique opportunity to build a cohesive sense of identity and vision for a new College that includes approximately 1,200 students and over 20% of ACU’s full-time faculty, leading the College with the largest residential enrollment within a university experiencing uncommon levels of success.
Academic Search is assisting Abilene Christian with this search. For more information about the opportunity, institution, qualifications, and application process, please download the full position profile from the Academic Search website. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest may be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to ACUDeanHBS@academicsearch.org. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be directly arranged with senior consultant Scott Flanagan at https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/ScottFlanagan@academicsearch.org/bookings/ or via email at email@example.com.
Review of applications will begin around January 31, 2023. The position is open until filled and applications received by Monday, February 20, 2023, are assured full consideration. The successful applicant will be expected to begin their service on July 1, 2023.
Abilene Christian University complies with all applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnic origin, gender, age, veteran status, genetic information, or disability