Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

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Application deadline: January 31, 2020

Senior Consultant: Kate Nolde

Senior Consultant: Sharon Herzberger

Consultant: Shally Wise

Dean, Graduate & Professional Studies


McDaniel College invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS). Joining a fast-moving College leadership team, the next Dean will lead the development of a visionary plan for the division’s growth, one that builds upon the mission and strengths of the College.

Located in the city of Westminster (population 18,500), in the foothills of northern Maryland and close to the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington D.C., McDaniel College is a diverse student-centered community committed to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional studies. Founded in 1867 as the first co-ed college just south of the Mason-Dixon line, the College’s motto is E Tenebris in Lucem Voco, meaning “I call you out of darkness into light.”  With careful mentoring, small classes, and attention to the individual, McDaniel challenges students to develop their unique potentials with reason, imagination, and human concern. Through flexible academic programs, collaborative and experiential learning, and global engagement, McDaniel prepares students for successful lives of leadership, service, and social responsibility.

The Dean oversees the Master of Liberal Arts program, 17 Master of Science degree programs, and 10 certificates of professional study, each headed by a faculty coordinator.  The next Dean will champion graduate and professional education and realize the potential to build upon GPS’s connection to the undergraduate curriculum, grow public-private partnerships, and take advantage of the College’s global network. The enrollment of 1200 students is expected to grow with a careful assessment of current offerings and successful implementation of a visionary plan for the future.

The Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies must hold an advanced degree and possess a significant, progressive record of higher education leadership or comparable leadership experience. The Dean must provide curricular leadership; demonstrate financial acumen; have experience in graduate-focused, high-impact learning practices; and not only display a demonstrated commitment to equity and diversity, but also an energetic, innovative, self-motivated and collegial disposition.

Additional information about this position may be found at Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest may be submitted to Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. Best consideration will be given to applications received by January 31, 2020. For confidential discussions about this opportunity contact Kate Nolde at or Dr. Sharon Herzberger at, Senior Consultants with Academic Search.

McDaniel College, in compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations governing affirmative action and non-discrimination does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, and employment of students, faculty, and staff in the operation of any of its education programs and activities as defined by law. Accordingly, nothing in this publication should be viewed as directly or indirectly expressing any limitation, specification or discrimination as to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. While persons identifying as transgender and transsexual are not covered by the Anti-Discrimination Act by Maryland Code 54, McDaniel College supports all 49B diversity in all aspects.