San Diego State University

San Diego, California United States


    November 10, 2020
    January 29, 2021

San Diego State University seeks a visionary academic leader to serve as the Thomas and Evelyn Page Dean of the Fowler College of Business.

The Dean will advance academic excellence in teaching and research, promote student success, cultivate connections with the business community, and foster equity and inclusion.

Unprecedented Opportunity

The Fowler College of Business is the recipient of one of the largest endowment gifts in the history of the university from Ron and Alexis Fowler, which uniquely positions the college to build on its successes and reach new heights.  Furthermore, the university has broken ground on SDSU Mission Valley, the once-in-a-generation development of a world-class university campus, innovation district, and multi-use stadium to serve higher education, the public good, and the community’s goals and aspirations, which complement the existing campuses in central San Diego and Imperial Valley. 

Reporting to the Provost, the Thomas and Evelyn Page Dean of the Fowler College of Business is the chief administrative officer of the college charged with aligning the college’s vision with the strategic direction of the university and supporting a positive, equitable and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. The Dean is responsible for charting the educational and professional missions of the college and directing and overseeing the college’s educational programs, including overseeing the college’s AACSB Accreditation. The Dean’s responsibilities also include representing the college and forging strong relationships with internal university constituents and the business community, and overseeing the college budget, while advocating for and generating additional resources. The Dean is a member of the SDSU Academic Deans’ Council and also works closely with a College Advisory Board composed of renowned business leaders who help guide and support the college and Dean.

About The Fowler College of Business

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 50 national Undergraduate Public Business Program for 2021, the Fowler College of Business is composed of the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy and the departments of Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

The college and its Lamden School of Accountancy are both accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The college has 6,332 students in various undergraduate degree programs, including its programs in international business and entrepreneurship which was ranked among the top 15 undergraduate programs, and a growing online general business program. It also offers graduate programs leading to the MBA, Sports MBA, and MS in Accountancy, Management Information Systems, Cybersecurity Management, Global Business Development, and MSBA with a concentration in Financial and Tax Planning. The Fowler College prides itself on having a dedicated staff, world-renowned scholars, and committed educators who are all focused on student success and the development of ethical global business leaders and entrepreneurs. 

Active centers and institutes in the college include: the Leonard Lavin Entrepreneurial Management Center, the Center for International Business Education and Research and its affiliated Center for Advancing Global Business, the Corporate Governance Institute, the Center for Integrated Marketing Communications, the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate, and the Institute for Inclusiveness & Diversity in Organizations. The Financial Markets Lab (housing 12 Bloomberg Terminals) and the Artificial Intelligence Lab are also housed within the college. Click here to visit the Fowler College of Business homepage.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Earned doctoral degree and a record of academic excellence that merits appointment as a tenured full professor in a department within the Fowler College of Business
  • Minimum of three years academic administrative experience
  • Ability to set and achieve visionary goals that align with the university’s strategic direction, expand the college’s international initiatives, and elevate the College’s global reputation
  • Proven record in fundraising and revenue generating activities
  • Ability to build relations with alumni and cultivate partnerships with the business community 
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting student success through undergraduate and graduate education
  • Demonstrated commitment to faculty excellence, supporting and promoting innovative teaching and impactful academic research
  • Excellent leadership, communication, relationship building, and interpersonal skills 
  • Commitment to shared governance with the ability to build consensus and promote collegiality
  • Ability to engage and work collaboratively with the wider university community
  • Ability to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion, with an ability to work effectively in a multicultural campus and community setting

How to Apply

Upon application, applicants will be prompted to provide basic contact information, a letter of interest, a C.V., and a statement detailing their commitment and/or contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, research and/or service. The position will remain open until filled; however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by Friday, January 29, 2021. Employment of the selected candidate is anticipated to commence by the start of the Fall 2021 semester, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2021.  

Confidential inquiries and nominations are invited. Please contact: Thom Harpole, Director, Center for Human Resources,, (619) 273-3193