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Position Description

The University of Florida (UF) seeks an experienced and innovative leader with strategic vision to serve as the next Dean of the Warrington College of Business.

The University of Florida has been designated a state “preeminent” university by the Florida Legislature. It is one of sixty-two members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the only AAU university in Florida. The University employs over 4,000 faculty members and has a total enrollment of approximately 50,000 students. UF boasts a 97% freshmen retention rate and more than $700 million in research awards. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked UF #47 among national universities and #14 among public universities.

The Warrington College of Business has a total enrollment of 6,709 students. There are 4,895 undergraduate students; 794 students in specialized master’s programs; 925 students across the various formats of the MBA program; 37 DBA students; and 58 Ph.D. students. The College has a total of 102 faculty members, of which 69 are tenured/tenure-track faculty and 33 are clinical faculty or lecturers. The College has been on a strong upward trajectory in recent years, building a research faculty in which four of the five departments in the College are ranked in the top 5 among public universities based on Academic Analytics data. Among public universities, U.S. News ranks the College’s Heavener School as #18 for undergraduate business programs, the full-time MBA program in the Hough Graduate School as #16 for graduate business programs, and the Fisher School of Accounting as #7. The online MBA program is ranked 1st among U.S. universities by the Financial Times and is ranked 4th in the nation by U.S. News.

The University seeks a Dean who demonstrates exemplary strategic leadership, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a passion for the mission of the College and University. The Dean will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and to the scholarly mission of its faculty. He or she will be an energetic advocate for the College, articulating a compelling case for its standing among the nation’s very best business schools and securing support to achieve and maintain excellence in all domains. The ideal candidate will have a record of responding effectively to the rapidly changing demands on business schools and higher education more broadly. He or she will also have a doctorate and a record of scholarship in a related discipline.

UF has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. Applications and nominations should be submitted directly to Isaacson, Miller. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest electronically at Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications are subject to Florida’s open government and public records laws. Those who are interested in learning more about the opportunity prior to applying should contact Courtney Thomas at 617-933-1913 or email. (cthomas at

Gale Merseth, Vice President
Courtney Thomas, Senior Associate
263 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210

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Meeting Schedule

Mid-Course Review Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Hough Hall #338

Search Committee Meeting
Date: Friday, December 9, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: 338 Hough Hall

Semi-finalist Interviews
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 5:45pm (4 candidate sessions)
Location: UF Hilton Conference Center (1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32607)
Room: Boardroom

  • Candidate A 10:00-11:15
  • Candidate B 12:30-1:45
  • Candidate C 2:15-3:30
  • Candidate D 4:00-5:15

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 3:15pm (3 candidate sessions + committee discussion)
Location: UF Hilton Conference Center (1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32607)
Room: Boardroom

  • Candidate E 8:30-9:45
  • Candidate F 10:15-11:30
  • Candidate G 12:30-1:45

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College Info

Warrington College of Business
BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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