University of the Pacific invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean for the Eberhardt School of Business.

University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked comprehensive university and California's first chartered institution of higher learning. Established in 1851, Pacific has nearly 6,300 students and ten schools and colleges across three campuses in northern California.

The majority of students and the NCAA Division 1 athletics program are based on the Stockton Campus, often cited as one of the nation's most beautiful college campuses. The Sacramento Campus in California's state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, the new School of Health Sciences and an array of graduate programs, while the renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry is based on the downtown San Francisco Campus. 

Pacific takes pride in providing the highly personalized and caring educational, social and residential environments of a small college combined with the choices and opportunities of a major comprehensive university.

About the School of Business  

The Eberhardt School of Business, founded as the School of Business and Public Administration in 1977, is an AACSB accredited school at the University of the Pacific. The School of Business cultivates the leadership skills and innovative spirit of its students while providing training in state-of-the art business applications. As a small business school with a global orientation, the Eberhardt School offers highly interactive classes that encourage close working relationships between students and faculty.

University of the Pacific Eberhardt School of Business ranks as one of the nation’s best for undergraduate business degrees offered in a small university setting, according to a national survey. Poets and Quants, which covers and analyzes business education at U.S. universities, ranks the Eberhardt School No. 1 in the West – and No. 10 nationally – among business schools based at universities with 7,000 or fewer students. Among all universities participating in the survey, Pacific’s Eberhardt School ranked No. 70 nationally.
The school’s dynamic undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Management and Human Resources, Marketing Management and Sport Management & Analytics are flexible and highly personalized, allowing students to tailor their educational experience and build a foundation for their careers. The master's programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Analytics, and Finance offer intellectually challenging coursework that go beyond the traditional business school curriculum to emphasize the skills employers value most such as communication, professional ethics and applied research.

One of the distinguished programs of the Eberhardt School of Business is its Student Investment Fund. Established in 2007 with a generous $1 million gift from the Bank of Stockton and the Eberhardt Family, the Student Investment Fund provides undergraduate and graduate students with a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience in the U.S. stock market. The fund is now the 3rd largest on the West Coast and the only one that requires a distribution each year, which supports student programs on campus. In fact, only 200 out of the 9,000 business schools worldwide operate this type of fund.

In Fall 2023, ESB enrolled 657 students guided by 25 faculty (22 tenure-track, 3 non-tenure-track), and 12 staff.

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About the Role

Dean, Eberhardt School of Business

Under the leadership of President Christopher Callahan, appointed July 1, 2020, Pacific has the ambitious goal of becoming the best student-centered comprehensive university in the nation within a decade. His focus includes the personalized learning that is a hallmark of Pacific, expanded real-life learning opportunities coupled with service to communities, accelerating the pace of innovation and becoming a model for diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Now Pacific seeks its next leader, a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial Dean for the Eberhardt School of Business (ESB). Pacific’s School of Business is poised for a bright future. President Callahan, Provost Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert and the ESB community invite inquiries from and recommendations of candidates who are eager to imagine, craft and implement programs that shape the role of business in the most diverse region in America, ninety minutes from Silicon Valley.

Position Summary

Responsible for strategic direction, oversight and management of the Eberhardt School of Business (“School”). Charged with upholding the University’s mission to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities. Responsible for ensuring that all School of Business academic programs are of the highest quality and meet standards of accrediting agencies. Responsible for enhancing the financial stability and sustainability of the School in alignment with the University’s strategic enrollment goals and student success. Leverages internal and external opportunities to enhance the reputation of the School. Serves as member of Council of Deans.

Essential Functions

  • Develops visionary, energetic goals for the school that strategically respond to the University’s enrollment and advancement plans. These goals should include growing student enrollment, improving student success, and supporting innovative interdisciplinary and internationally oriented educational programs utilizing the rich and diverse resources of our comprehensive university  
  • Enhances and promotes the School as a core strength of the University. Supports the University’s distinctive general education program, encouraging pedagogical innovation and increasing opportunities for student participation in experiential learning including scholarship/research, internships and international study. 
  • Enhances the intellectual vitality of the School by promoting and developing increased support for faculty scholarship (including the scholarship of teaching and learning) entrepreneurial creativity, including collaborative projects with students. 
  • Continues to build an inclusive community and works to increase the diversity of school’s faculty, staff, and students promoting a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity among students, faculty and staff and the academic programs. 
  • Ensures the continued strength of school by developing strategies that will increase enrollment and position school for success in the current comprehensive fundraising campaign. 
  • Builds and strengthens alumni relationships and encourages regional and national outreach. 
  • Participates in cooperative relations with other schools and programs on campus. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. 
  • University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritizes policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty and staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited institution in his or her field and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with appointment as full professor.
  • Five (5) years of administrative and/or leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of successful administrative and/or leadership experience at a college or university. 
  • A history of providing students with a high-quality educational experience and a clear record of accomplishment in student success. 
  • Achievement in or an ability to develop private investment. 
  • Experience as a seasoned, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity, and the ability to inspire and lead faculty with diverse interests. 
  • A record of success in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty; a champion of faculty eager to excel in teaching, research, and creative activities. 
  • A data driven leadership style that employs the appropriate facts to inform decision making. 
  • Well-developed fiscal management experience, both in establishing and implementing budgets along with a record in balancing resources with responsibilities within and across the institution. 
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting. 
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

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