The Position of Dean


The Dean, who reports to the Vice President and Provost, is responsible for the overall academic, administrative, and fiscal leadership of the University of San Diego School of Business.  The Dean is also responsible for maintaining and strengthening strategic relationships with alumni, benefactors, local community, and industry. The Dean will provide leadership in defining the strategic priorities and growth of the academic programs in the USD School of Business to enhance the visibility, brand and reputation locally and globally.  The Dean shall advance the mission and vision of the USD School of Business with transparent decision-making and understanding of bottom-line fiscal implications.

Specifically, these responsibilities include:

  • ensuring and promoting academic excellence and integrity in the USD School of Business through a strong commitment to professional and/or academic development of faculty, staff, and students;
  • fostering a dynamic and cohesive leadership team as well as promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment with commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, administration, staff, and students;
  • ensuring the USD School of Business maintains its accreditation and alignment with AACSB International standards;
  • leading fundraising and capital campaign initiatives to meet current and future School priorities;
  • regularly interacting with industry leaders and being a strong connection between the USD School of Business and the business community;
  • fostering alumni engagement and relationships;
  • promoting USD’s students for internships, projects and full-time employment; 
  • participating in University-wide strategic planning activities, especially as related to academic matters;
  • having ultimate decision-making responsibility for the hiring and evaluations of faculty and administrators;
  • demonstrating a strong commitment to and practice of shared governance; and
  • administering all fiscal matters for the USD School of Business.


The Dean must show evidence of successful leadership, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and a proven record in an administrative position with responsibility for developing and guiding strategy, motivating and leading a team, engaging external constituencies, and fostering diversity. 

Specific qualifications include:

  • exemplary academic and/or professional qualifications in one of the disciplines in the USD School of Business, an earned terminal degree and/or a record of outstanding academic and/or professional achievement;
  • effective communication and public relation skills with the ability to forge productive links with other deans on campus, as well as external constituencies, including area business partners and corporations;
  • a record of promoting diversity and a commitment to furthering a culturally aware and inclusive environment;
  • demonstrated budget and fiscal management experience;
  • evidence of strategic planning leadership and the ability to effectively implement strategic plans;
  • an appreciation for the contemporary Catholic identity, mission and vision of the University;
  • an ability to raise financial resources and build the financial infrastructure of the School;
  • evidence of an ability to engage with and foster relationships with industry and community partners;
  • an experienced fundraising track record and involvement with capital campaigns; and
  • a strong commitment to community engagement for the purpose of linking students, faculty, and friends with community, regional and global leaders who know, understand and support the USD School of Business.