The David Eccles School of Business (“the Eccles School”) was founded in 1917 on a tradition of business success and leadership. The Eccles School’s mission is to build strategic leaders, embrace diverse backgrounds, and apply ethical principles to create value. Focused on the imprint the school has on the business world and the influence for good students and faculty can have on the community, the Eccles School defines itself as a community of doers. Four principles define the Eccles School experience for faculty, staff, and students: entrepreneurial grit, continuous curiosity, empathetic global citizenship, and confidence to impact the world. The Eccles School has a $125M endowment, with a $90M operating budget.
Students from the Eccles School become the next generation of strategic leaders who transform the business landscape. The AACSB-accredited school offers a diverse set of educational programs—9 undergraduate majors, 10 undergraduate minors, 8 graduate programs in business, 4 MBA programs, and 5 Ph.D. specializations, as well as executive education—that currently enroll more than 6,000 students across all programs. The Eccles School awards more than $17 million in scholarships each year. The Eccles Alumni community is also large and geographically diffuse, with more than 42,000 graduates across the world. Highly committed to the success of the school, over 50% of donor dollars came from the Alumni community in 2022.
Eccles’ faculty are innovative thinkers who generate business knowledge through path-breaking research. With strong support through seminars, research centers and other initiatives, the Eccles School takes pride in its ability to recruit and retain world-class faculty. Eccles School faculty feature in top research productivity among state business schools. Eccles School of Business includes 82 tenure-track faculty, 81 career-line faculty, 178 adjunct faculty, and 305 staff.
• School of Accounting
• Entrepreneurship and Strategy
• Operations and Information Systems
• Quantitative Analysis of Markets and Organizations
• The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute provides independent economic, demographic, and public policy data, as well as research and analysis to support informed decision-making throughout Utah and beyond.
• Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurs and innovators at the University of Utah. Lassonde has something for all students wanting to learn how to become a founder, creator, or change-maker.
• The Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis provides transformational, interdisciplinary opportunities for students in fields related to economics.
• Sorenson Impact Institute advances the understanding and application of free enterprise principles to create scalable, sustainable societal change. They create innovative, data-driven approaches to difficult social and public health challenges.
• The Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity promotes societal advancement by integrating value-creating innovation and entrepreneurship with health-enabling practices in pursuit of economic, social, and political well-being.
• The Goff Strategic Leadership Center builds a bridge between the classroom and community for all University of Utah students. Each Goff experience is anchored in hands-on learning; the Eccles School works with organizations across the world to provide students transformational learning opportunities.
• The Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center prepares the next generation of leaders in real estate through academic programs, degree options, executive education programs and the Utah Real Estate Challenge.
• The Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation Studies is a dedicated research center for the David Eccles School of Business. They support post-doc fellowships, faculty research, research conferences, and high-level policy work.
• The Stena Center for Financial Technology at the University of Utah unites education and industry to accelerate financial innovation and inclusion. It is a collaborative effort of the David Eccles School of Business and the John and Marcia Price College of Engineering.
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
The Dean of the Eccles School is responsible for ensuring success in the Eccles School’s programmatic, teaching, and research enterprise. The Dean will report to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Dean will lead the school in developing a strong academic foundation by pursuing rigorous academic standards in faculty, as well as excellence in curricula, programs of research, and students.
• Establish an innovative and inclusive vision for the Eccles School.
• Provide leadership, administering the policies established by the University and the Eccles School, overseeing faculty and staff development, maintaining rigor and accreditation of programs, and facilitating communication within the Eccles School, the University, and the community.
• Foster an environment that attracts and retains the very best business faculty, staff, and students.
• Enhance the student experience to promote student recruitment, success, and retention.
• Promote an interdisciplinary and collaborative culture and facilitate growth in research and grants.
• Promote and support collegial and collaborative interactions across the university.
• Create and cultivate relationships and conditions with alumni, colleagues and the wider business community that will attract significant philanthropic investments.
• Demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset using a strong business acumen to manage and drive the Eccles School’s success.
• Foster an environment of research excellence among faculty and students.
• Lead through cooperation, sincere communication, personal accountability, and ethical governance, with excellent communication skills, management skills.
• Work effectively with and build collaborative relationships across multiple constituencies, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, local governments, and members of the philanthropic, business, and broader communities.
Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities
The successful candidate for this position should possess the following credentials and experience:
• Superior academic credentials and record of scholarly achievement with a track record of leadership and administrative experience
• A recognized career of achievement in business, with experience in and a strong understanding of business education, scholarship, and university culture
Pivotal Experience & Expertise
Intellectual Leadership: A distinguished teacher and scholar who has a passion for students, research, and service. If the candidate comes from outside the academe: a genuine, palpable appreciation for the importance of research in a business school, and an aptitude to advance teaching and peer-reviewed scholarship.
Business Acumen and Organizational Management: Strong business acumen that demonstrates an astute understanding of finances and the relationship between academic priorities and the budget. A record of accomplishment in recruitment, retention, and equity for outstanding faculty or staff, and students, including women and those traditionally underrepresented in business programs.
Strategic Orientation: A forward-looking leader with a demonstrated ability to articulate a compelling vision. Brings a strong track record of developing and implementing a strategic plan. Experience collaborating with a diverse set of academic disciplines to foster inter- and multi- disciplinary programs and partnerships, as well as experience collaborating with industry partners to stimulate growth and advancement.
Community and Industry Engagement: Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate, fundraise, and develop relationships with multiple stakeholder groups, including faculty, staff, students, fellow university leaders, alumni, donors, board members, and industry leaders.
Procedure for Candidacy
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.
Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business Dean search will be assisted by Jackie Zavitz, Abby Rudman, and Sulli Cressler of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. Nominations and applications should be directed to:
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