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Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Job no: 493249
Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Grand Valley State University (Grand Valley) is launching a search for its next Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is seeking a collaborative and institutionally minded leader with a proven record of innovation to serve as the Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).  The dean promotes excellence in all aspects of the college mission to nurture the discovery, creation, transmission and application of knowledge and understanding across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and fine arts. The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides leadership, management and administration of the college. Grand Valley attracts more than 24,000 students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university serving students from across Michigan and dozens of other states and foreign countries, offering 94 undergraduate and 42 graduate degree programs and has campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland. The university offers programming and classes from centers in Traverse City, Muskegon, and Detroit; Grand Valley’s Annis Water Resources Institute and the Muskegon Innovation Hub are in Muskegon. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships.

This deanship is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader, as Grand Valley seeks to expand partnerships and attract new student audiences to the institution. To successfully lead the largest college at Grand Valley State University, the next Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), must demonstrate a passion about the role of the liberal arts and sciences in the delivery of a high-quality, 21st century education;  have a vision and strategy for making the liberal arts and sciences robust and relevant for students in the digital age; display a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of CLAS, while articulating the intrinsic value and necessity of diversity and inclusion with the college; and be adept at change management and implementation. While upholding the vision of the president and provost, the dean must nurture a positive, progressive, collaborative, entrepreneurial culture that supports teaching and learning. As the chief academic officer and administrator of CLAS, the dean will foster and support a creative environment to encourage faculty to identify and leverage opportunities to increase interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary program offerings. The dean’s innovative vision will drive collaboration with a variety of schools and colleges in the university.

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Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Grand Valley State University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Additionally, confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher & Associates. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected.

 Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:

Marion Frenche, Practice Leader, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Itza Walters, Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272




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