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Dean, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts: Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)

Wayne State University seeks a visionary and skilled leader to be the next Dean of its College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA). The next Dean will have the opportunity to lead a strong college of arts and communication that is eclectic and diverse in its research, creative activity, and program offerings. The College has outstanding faculty and researchers across its disciplines and recruits talented students passionate about artistic creation and novel discovery. The College community possesses an acute energy and enthusiasm for its mission of education, research, and public engagement. They take seriously their roles as scholars, artists, and teachers, but also feel a great commitment to contributing to their vibrant home city of Detroit. CFPCA programs have and will continue to play a critical role in the resurgence of Detroit, a role the College community relishes. The College will require a Dean with the leadership skills to harness the resources of a rising urban research university, and the enthusiasm and undaunted pride of the larger community, to chart the path towards its ambitious and bold future.

CFPCA was established in 1986 and offers 17 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs, and three graduate certificates, through its four departments: Art and Art History; Communication; Music; and Theater and Dance. Alumni of the College include a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and recipients of and nominees for the Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, Obie, Screen Actors Guild and Caldecott awards. In the University’s most recent capital campaign, the College raised $36.8 million. Of that, $7.8 million went to the construction of a new, state-of-the-art performance complex, the Hilberry Gateway.

The Dean serves as the College’s chief academic and administrative officer. They are charged with ensuring the College’s academic programs, research, faculty development, and student outcomes are of the highest quality and continue to grow. The Dean must bring administrative acumen and nimbleness in strategically allocating resources to advance the College’s mission. The Dean also serves as CFPCA’s chief external representative to the broader community, with donors and alumni, and with other University leaders. As the College looks towards the future, it seeks a Dean who will craft a compelling vision that leverages its diverse strengths; astutely manages the College organizationally and financially; assiduously supports faculty and staff; is actively engaged in building community relationships and advocating for the College within the University; continues and enhances its fundraising success; and effectively builds a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

Wayne State University has engaged the search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important recruitment. Jackie Mildner is leading this search with Kahn Lee.  Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to: www.imsearch.com/8067.

Wayne State University is an equal opportunity employer. No person will be discriminated against or harassed in employment because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, arrest record, height, weight, sexual orientation, qualified Vietnam era veterans, qualified special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans and other protects veterans, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law.