College of Business Dean Search Details

College of Business Dean Position Description

Students gather inside the new College of Business building

The College of Business

The College of Business, founded in 1913 is one of nine colleges and is a professional college within the university. The College of Business educates more than 4,200 future business leaders to ‘Start Something’ and make a difference in the world. A founding member of and accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the college offers 10 undergraduate majors, an undergraduate certificate in professional selling, seven master’s degrees and three graduate certificates, three doctoral degrees with specializations, and professional programs such as executive education.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Nebraska as No. 48 for undergraduate business schools, climbing from No. 72 in 2013. The actuarial science program is one of 17 Centers of Actuarial Excellence in the U.S. as designated by the Society of Actuaries. CFA Institute named Nebraska’s CFA track in the finance major as an Affiliated University Program. The Nebraska Online MBA program is consistently highly ranked including No. 1 best value in the world by Financial Times and No. 21 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2010, the College has experienced unprecedented growth. The college’s enrollment increased by nearly 29 percent. In seven years, nearly 90 new faculty and 40 new staff have joined the college. Signature programs such as a Business Honors Academy and the world’s largest strengths lab in the Clifton Strengths Institute were created.

The college opened the new 240,000-square-foot Howard L. Hawks Hall in August 2017. The privately-funded $84 million building features interactive learning in state-of-the-art classrooms, one-stop student support services and cutting-edge technology.

Institutional Background
and Culture

UNL Visitor Center and Love Libaray

About the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 148 Years, a Leader in Higher Education

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature. Nebraska, a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, is classified within the Carnegie "R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity" category. Nebraska is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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A Strong Foundation

Always a place of high ambition, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was the first institution west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in physics in 1896. Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory.

The discipline of ecology also was born here and the campus's botanical gardens and arboreta reflect that tradition. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, the University of Nebraska Press, and the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of twentieth-century American art in a building designed by Philip Johnson.

Nebraska brings international dimensions to its programs through the faculty's global engagement, a student body that includes students from throughout the world, exchange agreements with other universities abroad, and the incorporation of international components in a variety of courses and curricula.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of the nation's top public land-grant research universities with a commitment to exceptional teaching and learning. Nebraska is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and completed a successful reaccreditation in 2017.

Excellence in Undergraduate Education

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a research-extensive institution with an extraordinary focus on undergraduate education. Undergraduates learn from faculty who create new knowledge, who are leading scientists, artists, and scholars, and who care about students' success. The general education curriculum, Achievement-Centered Education (ACE), is built on student learning outcomes that answer the fundamental question, "What should all undergraduate students-irrespective of their majors and career aspirations-know or be able to do upon graduation?"

College of Business class

Several signature programs exemplify this commitment to undergraduate success. The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences Program (UCARE) connects faculty with more than 400 students annually who work collaboratively on research and creative projects that advance new knowledge. The UCARE program is regularly included in U.S. News and World Report among the best university programs in undergraduate research.

The University Honors Program, with more than 2,000 students across all undergraduate colleges, provides an intense intellectual experience for top students in a major research university setting. One of the few honors programs in the nation where all students are required to engage in research and prepare a thesis for graduation, the Honors Program's successes are noted by strong graduation rates and a large percentage of alumni who graduate with distinction and compete successfully for admission to graduate and professional programs.

In addition, two honors programs cater to student in particular disciplines. The Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management develops leaders in information technology and business globalization while fostering professional skills in leadership, communications and collaboration. The College of Business Honors Academy offers a four-year cohort-based enhanced business curriculum for high-ability students. Nebraska is regularly named a top research institution whose students are awarded Fulbright scholarships and consistently succeed in prestigious national scholarship competitions.

Student success initiatives are designed to systematically and aggressively reach a 70% undergraduate six-year graduation rate. Such initiatives focus on developing enriching curricular and co-curricular opportunities and eliminating institutional barriers to degree attainment.

A key priority is developing intentional first-year programs that support students' social and academic transition to the university. Nebraska offers 26 learning communities in which students live together on the same residence hall floor, take co-enrolled classes, participate in social and academic opportunities, and work with assigned peer mentors.

The Office of First-Year Experience and Transition Programs provides individual success coaching, free academic workshops, and programming for transfer, commuter, and first generation students. In 2015, the Military and Veteran Success Center opened to support students' academic transition, including benefits certification, transfer credit processing, counseling, and peer mentoring. Orientations specifically designed for international students support their transition into the American classroom.

Nebraska is committed to increasing the excellence of its student body through diversity. Through efforts such as the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy, Diversity Leadership Symposia, scholarship programs aimed at promoting diversity, a committed Diversity and Community Outreach Team which fosters community partnerships and works directly with minority student populations, and increasing Spanish-language resources, the university has staffed and structured to recruit and retain students from all backgrounds.

Research and Engagement

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is deeply committed to continued growth in the breadth, quality and impact of its research and creative activity, building on regional, national and international collaborations. The citizens of Nebraska benefit from the knowledge and research generated by our faculty and students. This research-based service to our state is a feature that distinguishes Nebraska as a land-grant university.

Nebraska faculty are seeding major new initiatives, growing our creative activity, scholarship and research profile and nurturing strategic partnerships to address twenty-first-century challenges. One marker of its success is external funding for research and creative activity. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's research expenditures totaled $295 million in FY2016.

Federal research funding is comprehensive, with funding from a broad portfolio of agencies. The National Science Foundation accounted for 29 percent of federal research expenditures, followed by 23 percent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17 percent from the Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health), 8 percent from the Department of Defense and 5 percent each from the Departments of Energy and Transportation. The university's 5-year goal is to exceed $300 million in research expenditures by 2018. NUtech Ventures' license income exceeded $3.5 million in 2016, when nearly 90 disclosures were made and 27 new licenses and options granted.

Nebraska Innovation Campus

New partnerships, a burgeoning entrepreneurial vibe and expansion of world-class facilities have moved Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC) into the spotlight in Nebraska and beyond. The private-public research campus adjacent to the campus celebrated its grand opening in fall 2015 and steady growth continues. Phase I construction is nearly finished, Phase II is officially underway and more than 30 companies and organizations call NIC home and talks are ongoing with additional partners.

The biotechnology, food and health industries are especially well positioned for growth at NIC. The Biotech Connector, a 10,000-square-foot research space, is a major addition to NIC’s state-of-the-art facilities. The connector positions NIC to attract biotech companies from Nebraska and across the U.S. A $750,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration supports the project, a partnership between NIC, the University, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Invest Nebraska and Bio Nebraska.

This private-public research campus offers a collaborative, synergistic environment where businesses and entrepreneurs work closely with faculty and students. Nebraska faculty members are building partnerships with business, industry, community organizations and entrepreneurs to ensure that its research and creative activity remains a driver for Nebraska's economy.

Nebraska Innovation Campus

Key Attractions

The College of Business Dean will join the University at a pivotal moment in the institution's history. There are a number of key opportunities to take advantage of, including:

  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's enrollment is growing and becoming more diverse. Undergraduate and graduate enrollments have increased significantly while simultaneously enhancing the academic quality and diversity of the student body. Fall 2017 enrollment exceeded 26,000, the highest enrollment in university history. The freshmen class academic profile also continues to rise, with an ACT composite average over 25. Fall 2015 also welcomed the most diverse class in our history with over 18 percent minority students. In 2015, Education Trust named Nebraska as the top university nationally in narrowing its graduation completion gap between white and minority students from 2003-2013. Nonresident students now account for 24 percent of all students and graduate and professional enrollment stands at 5,078.

  • The University has approximately doubled its research expenditures over the past decade and has been recognized nationally as one of the fastest growing public research universities.

  • Excellent faculty hires at both the junior and senior levels have transformed most academic units. The university had a record eight faculty named AAAS fellows in 2015, tied for the second-most fellows behind Stanford's nine.

  • The new College of Business building, Howard L. Hawks Hall, opened fall 2017 and ushers in a new era of excellence with a 240,000 square foot space focused on collaboration. Hawks Hall features a computer lab, a teaching and learning center, eight cluster classrooms and eight case-style classrooms to foster positive group dynamics and so that students can seamlessly transition between lecture-style presentations and small-group projects.

    The Business Husker Shop, a partnership with Nebraska Athletics and merchandiser Fanatics, is a place in which students manage a Husker fan shop within the academic space. The shop's data will be integrated into curriculum across several majors. The state-of-the-art Trading Room, a simulated stock-trading area, will provide a real-time environment for students to experience what it is like to work in finance. The new 800-square-foot Yes Chef Café and an adjoining 4,300-square-foot atrium space will be open year-round to host large gatherings.

  • The University celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019. The rich history and collaborative culture represented today present a significant opportunity to shape and guide the university's future.

  • Approximately $1. billion has been invested over the last 10 years in significant academic and research facilities, including new construction and renovations. Some of these projects include enhanced student learning space in Love Library, new student housing, the new nanoscience building adjacent to Jorgensen Hall, the new home of physics; the new East Stadium expansion that houses the nationally prominent research initiative known as the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. Plans for renovation to Nebraska Hall/Scott Engineering Complex, Mabel Lee/Henzlik Hall, and the Food Industry Complex are underway.

  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln boasts 22 Rhodes Scholars and three Nobel laureates among its alumni.

  • In fall 2015, for the twelfth straight year, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln made U.S. News nd World Report's annual evaluation of America's Best Colleges' Top 50 List of Public National Universities, placing it among the top one-fourth of all public universities. Nebraska is ranked near the top third of all national universities both public and private. Nebraska was named a "Best Value" by the Princeton Review in 2014 and an "A-Plus Schools for B Students" by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.

  • The University enjoys strong public support from the citizens of the stae. Nebraskans value higher education and recognize that education is the key to a strong workforce and a vibrant economy. Nebraskans have high regard for the state's only land-grant university and are vested in its success as an institution of higher learning.

  • Nebraska Athletics drives loyalty and notoriety for the university. Nebraska athletes have earned more Academic All-American awards and NCAA Top 10 Awards, which recognize student-athletes for their success on the field, in the classroom and in the community, than any other Division I institution. Nebraska Athletics is completely self-supporting and annually generates significant revenue that is directed to the university's academic programs.

  • The University of Nebraska Foundation completed a $1.2 billion capital campaign where over $1.8 billion was raised. Priorities for these funds include scholarship support for undergraduates, study abroad scholarships, and graduate fellowships; support for endowed professorships, research professorships and chairs; support for targeted and identified academic and research programs; and support for campus facilities and infrastructure.

The Position

The Dean reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer and is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Business. The Dean will join a very collaborative and supportive group of colleagues on the Council of Academic Deans. The Dean will have responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations that support the mission and vision of the College of Business and its role within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Incoming Dean Will

  • Have the opportunity to define and implement a strategic vision of an energetic faculty, staff, and student population
  • Facilitate the continued development of a relevant and distinctive identity for the College as part of the larger University
  • Serve as a public voice to develop the reputation of the College on the national and international stages, and within the profession and private industry
  • Along with the faculty, enhance the prominence of the faculty by prioritizing the recruiting and retention of distinguished faculty at all levels with a particular focus on diversity
  • Seek out valuable collaborations with other colleges within the university
  • Promote and support a strong research agenda
  • Willingly take calculated risks to achieve excellence
  • Assure that the College continues to serve its students with academic programs of the highest quality and effectiveness, promoting excellence as well as diversity in undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Take a leading role in attracting external funding from federal agencies, corporations, foundations and interested donors to support the College's mission

Candidate Profile

Candidates should have an outstanding academic record; an abiding commitment to excellence in undergraduate, graduate and professional education, as well as research; the ability to collaborate effectively with a broad range of constituencies both across the university with external audiences; and the skill to develop a purposeful and compelling strategy that will distinguish the College of Business as a relevant and valuable regional, national and international resource.

She/He must be able to cultivate academic programs that demonstrate relevance, impact, innovation, and sustainability. Candidates must have a significant record of success as an administrator whose credibility, communication skills, and consultative management style can lead a dynamic, growing academic unit with many new faculty and staff. Highly competitive candidates will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the academic enterprise that clearly informs her/his judgment and decision-making. She/He must show a commitment to and experience in supporting and cultivating an accomplished and diverse faculty. Preferred candidates will have led sophisticated and effective development and fundraising activities. The successful candidate must have and continue to demonstrate the highest level of integrity.

Candidates must hold an earned doctorate, with scholarly or research accomplishments commensurate with the rank of full professor in his or her home tenure department.

Essential Leadership Characteristics

  • Creating the New and Different - Is able to come up with the next great breakthrough thing to do; is creative, a visionary, and can manage innovation; is an effective strategist full of ideas and possibilities; sees multiple futures; has broad interests and knowledge; can both create and bring exciting ideas to the institution; comfortable speculating about alternative futures without all of the data.
  • Getting Work Done through Others - Manages people well; gets the most and best out of the people she/he has; sets and communicates guiding goals; measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, and gives useful feedback; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; provides mentoring for junior faculty.
  • Evaluating and Deploying People Accurately - Reads people accurately; can diagnose strengths, weaknesses, and potential; knows what skills are required to fill a job or role; hires the best.
  • Being Organizationally Savvy - Maneuvers well to get things done; knows where to go to get what she/he needs; politically aware and agile; understand how to navigate ambiguous situations; presents views and arguments well.
  • Relating Skills - Warm, friendly, and interpersonally agile; easy to approach and talk to; relates well to all kinds of people; makes a pleasant first impression and builds solid relationships; collaborative.
  • Inspiring Others - Is skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people.
  • Being Open and Receptive - At ease and relaxed; easy to talk to and get to know; listens attentively; is an open book; has a positive sense of humor; deals calmly with stress.


Nebraska offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate's background and experience.

How to Apply

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates October 5, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations should be submitted well before this date. Applicants should go to and search positions using requisition number F_170073, click on "Apply to this Job" and complete the form.

Submit application materials, which should consist of 1) a letter summarizing motivation, relevant leadership experience, and qualifications, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information for at least three professional references. References will be contacted only with permission from the candidate.

Questions and nominations can be sent in confidence, to:

Richard Moberly, Search Chair

Dean, College of Law
Richard C. & Catherine Schmoker Professor of Law
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For questions and assistance with the application process, contact Ms. Jelena Gude, Faculty HR Specialist at or by phone at (402) 472-3751.

The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance and dual careers. See: