Storrs, Connecticut
June 26 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The University of Connecticut (UConn), one of the nation’s leading public research universities, seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as the Dean of its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). UConn seeks candidates who have a comprehensive resume of success in academic leadership roles and who can demonstrate exceptional skills and experience that will enable them to lead a research and educational enterprise across multiple campuses.

About UConn:  UConn is one of the top public research universities in the nation, and, in just 20 years, the University’s ranking by U.S. News & World Report among public universities has risen from 38 in 1998 to 18 in 2018. Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant college and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School, and Medical and Dental Schools. The University has approx. 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including more than 23,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate/professional students. UConn is a Carnegie R1 institution. In 2013, the state legislature enacted Next Generation Connecticut, a ten-year capital investment that has increased the size of UConn’s student body, dramatically enhanced physical infrastructure for STEM programs, and created premiere STEM programs. The University has implemented one of the most ambitious faculty-hiring plans in U.S. higher education strategically to expand its faculty in key research and teaching areas. UConn’s total budget for 2018 was $2.4 billion, and the current value of its endowment is approximately $425 million. The University receives over $185 million in annual research awards. UConn’s retention rate is among the best for public universities with 94 percent of students returning for their sophomore year. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective. For more information, visit

About CLAS:  UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is located on its main campus in Storrs, with teaching and research activities extending to its four regional campuses in Avery Point (home to the Marine Sciences Department), Hartford (which houses the Department of Public Policy), Stamford, and Waterbury. The College was first established with 17 departments in 1939 as one of seven divisions of the newly named University of Connecticut. It now consists of 24 departments and 8 academic Centers and Institutes, offering 50 undergraduate majors and 55 undergraduate minors, along with 40 MA and PhD programs. CLAS has a $220 million annual budget, 776 full-time faculty, and 215 staff. More than 50% of all UConn faculty are appointed in CLAS, the largest academic unit at the University, and 63% of the total credit hours offered at the UConn are taught in CLAS. Total undergraduate enrollment in CLAS is 10,000; graduate enrollment is 1,600. The College’s most popular majors include Biological Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Economics, Communication, and Political Science. Research programs are broad in scope, with strengths in the humanities, social sciences, and the physical and life sciences. Annual research expenditures are $40 million. Over the coming years, as a result of an ambitious capital plan, the College will be enhancing and expanding its teaching and research facilities, to include state-of-the art laboratory and classroom spaces.  For more information, visit

Send applications (curriculum vitae and detailed cover letter), nominations, and inquiries to the email address below. For priority consideration, please apply by September 14, 2018.

Paul Chou, Co-Managing Director and

Josh Ward, Ph.D., Senior Associate

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

The University of Connecticut is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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