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Belhaven University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the Dean of the School of Business.
Belhaven University—a highly ranked university that stands among select Christian colleges and universities with national influence--is seeking a visionary, entrepreneurial, and academically strong Christian business leader. As Dean of the School of Business, the successful candidate will assume leadership of a school of business that has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction as one of the top Christian Business Schools in the country. It was recognized for its commitment to offering real-world experience, job placement, a Biblically focused multi- disciplinary curriculum, industry connections, and quality of faculty. The School of Business currently includes ten full time faculty along with several dozen adjunct faculty and offers undergraduate majors in accounting, business administration, health administration, leadership and coaching, sales management, sports management, and supply chain management. Currently there are 229 majors in our traditional program. Our online programs number 308 undergraduate students and 914 graduate students.
The chosen business leader will advance Belhaven’s mission to prepare students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.
Reporting to the Provost, the future Dean of Business will:
Provide overall administration and leadership for the School of Business and its traditional and online programs.
Lead the School of Business in recruitment
Assess and implement opportunities for growth through new high impact programs on the traditional and/or online platforms.
THE RIGHT FIT
Candidates must have a calling to Christian higher education and the mission of Belhaven University. They should be mature in their evangelical faith and balanced in their personal life. Those who might be God’s choice for this position fit most, if not all, of the following qualities:
They will frequently be described as: entrepreneurial, vigorous, innovative, committed and unconventional.
At least ten years of leadership experience in higher education or other high- level profit or non-profit leadership positions. A strong preference will be given to those who know private higher education, especially Christian
Doctorate in Business or a Business-related field is preferred yet not J.D.s/ MBAs/ CPAs with strong academic leadership experience will be considered.
Leadership skills to grow the School of Business enrollment in non- traditional and international Entrepreneurial mindset to build large scale programs with limited resources.
Conscientious administrator with strong ties to the local business
Excellent communicator promoting teamwork, decision making, and problem solving. Comfortable with managing ambiguity and taking risks.
Extensive experience with both regional and specialized Business
Proven and demonstrated experience in leading significant online
Dedicated to a culture of continuous improvement, ready to learn from outcomes assessment data to improve quality and delivery to the
Strong oral and written communication skills to best represent the School of Business to a wide variety of stakeholders.
Ever deepening faith as a disciple of Christ
GET TO KNOW US
Belhaven University is a grace-centered Christian University with a heart of Southern hospitality.
We are one of America’s most innovative private We have broken free from the slow-paced and tradition-anchored barriers of higher education and are energized by innovation, creative solutions, entrepreneurial operations, and speed in implementing change.
We are an enthusiastically Christian university that teaches from a Reformed perspective but includes faculty and staff from a variety of denominations who are committed to orthodox Christianity.
We are one of only 35 universities nationally accredited in all four major Arts – music, theatre, visual art, and dance. In addition, our Creative Writing department is widely known because of the success of alum Angie Thomas, author of The Hate You Give.
Belhaven University is well known and highly regarded across the state of Mississippi. Because of our stature, we easily have access to any level of business, media, medical, or government leadership in the state.
Our campus is a charming place to come to work, filled with kind and gracious faculty and staff who embrace the University's family The University is located in a historic neighborhood, near the heart of the capital city.
While it is common for private Christian universities to offer the children of their faculty, staff, and administrators tuition remission for undergraduate degrees, Belhaven goes one step further, including tuition for spouses and traditional-age student campus housing. Employees are also eligible for master’s degree tuition remission benefit at several hundred tuition-exchange partner institutions.
INTEREST OR REFERRALS?
If God might be leading you to explore this position or suggest a candidate who would be the right fit, please make contact in a way that is best for you. A resume would be helpful, but this discussion can start with an inquiry, and we will go from there. Eventually, serious candidates will submit a detailed resume and respond to an in-depth set of questions that will help us to get to know you. Trusting for God’s timing, we hope to fill this position in preparation for a June 1, 2023 start.
An expanded prospectus for this position is available at: https://www.belhaven.edu/belhaven/employment.htm. For confidential discussions, interest, and/or referrals, contact our retained search firm at: Mabry Smith III, Founder and President of Leadership Legacy Partners
Email: Mabry@LeadershipLegacyPartners.com; 205-825-8771 (office), or 205-