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Seeking Applicants for Dean, Abilene Christian University College of Business Administration

  • 1.  Seeking Applicants for Dean, Abilene Christian University College of Business Administration

    Posted 19 days ago

    Abilene Christian University's College of Business Administration seeks highly qualified applications for our next Dean, starting in Fall 2024. The selected candidate will be tasked with building on a strong legacy of leadership and impact in accomplishing our vision to education Christian business and technology professionals to honor God and serve the world.  As a distinctly Christian, AACSB-accredited business school, ACU's COBA has grown in national recognition for its strength in student success and academic preparation, alumni involvement, and most recently through the establishment of our Dukes School of Finance from a $29 million endowment gift. 

    We are seeking applicants with proven visionary leadership that can develop and articulate a compelling vision and strategy for the College, aligning with the university's mission and goals.  Also essential is having a track record in cultivating relationships with business leaders, alumni, and industry partners to further enhance our College's impact and visibility.  

    ACU's College of Business Administration is unique in having not only traditional business departments in Accounting, Finance, and Management Sciences (including Management, Marketing, and Information Systems), but also has a School of Information Technology - a unique pairing in business and technology preparation for our graduates.  The College also houses the nationally recognized Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy and Lytle Center for Faith & Leadership.  With 35 full-time faculty, 6 full-time and 4 half-time professional staff, COBA serves more than 1,000 students as of Fall 2023.

    More About Abilene Christian University

    Founded in 1906, Abilene Christian University is one of the largest private institutions in the Southwest, offering robust online and residential undergraduate and graduate programs. This past Fall, ACU once again had a record enrollment of nearly 6,000 students and is ranked in the Top 50 nationally for undergraduate teaching and research by the U.S. News & World Report (ACU's national rankings).  From high impact academic programs across 164 areas of study to its 100+ student organizations and 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams, ACU has ample opportunities to build community and inspire its graduates to become the passionate difference-makers God has called them to be.

    ACU is located in Abilene, Texas, the gateway to the Big Country of West Texas, a dynamic city of more than 120,000 people, 150 miles west of the Dallas and Fort Worth area. ACU Dallas, a branch campus in Addison, Texas, is the home of the university's online graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Abilene's economy creates close to $7 billion in gross domestic output across industries including healthcare, manufacturing and technology.  The city's three private universities, technical college, community college, and health sciences center work to offer a comprehensive and practical education for West Texas and beyond.  Abilene is also home to Dyess Air Force Base with nearly 5,000 active duty military serving the 7th Bomb Wing and the 317th Air Wing.


    The ACU HR job posting for the COBA Dean Position provides more information on applying for interested applicants.  ACU has also hired the services of executive search firm, Eastman-Beaudine.

    Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis; however, preferred consideration will be provided for applicants applying by February 20th.


    ACU does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.  

    ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.

    ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.



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    Dennis J. Marquardt, PhD
    Director, Lytle Center for Faith & Leadership
    Associate Professor of Management
    Abilene Christian University

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    Dennis Marquardt
    Abilene Christian University
    Abilene TX
    (325) 674-4806
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