DSCN3435.JPGThe Wright State University Lake Campus seeks an exceptional leader who is a dynamic and energetic individual and has the ability to effectively engage faculty, staff, students and external constituencies in a collaborative and collegial manner. Essential qualities include an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, a record of execution and outcomes, a demonstrated commitment to student access and success. Working in partnership with the senior staff, the successful candidate will be expected to embrace and contribute to the mission and priorities of the Campus. This is an outstanding opportunity for a creative leader at a very exciting time as the Campus continues its growth and has initiatives in place for new facilities and programs.

Candidates

Wright State University is pleased to welcome the following candidates to campus for the position of Dean of the Lake Campus.  All sessions will be recorded and available on the video on demand page after the event.

Candidate Feedback Form (DOCX)

Carey Adams
Professor of Communication
Armstrong State University
Open Forum: Thursday, October 23, 2014
10:30am - 12pm
Dicke Hall, Lake Campus
Cover Letter and CV (PDF)

Jaleh Rezaie
Director of STEM-H Institute
Eastern Kentucky University
Open Forum: Monday, October 27, 2014
10:30am - 12pm
Dicke Hall, Lake Campus
Cover Letter and CV (PDF)

Jay Albayyari
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
Open Forum: Thursday, October 30, 2014
10:30am - 12pm
Dicke Hall, Lake Campus
Cover Letter and CV (PDF)

Steven Combs
Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Open Forum: Monday, November 3, 2014
10:30am - 12pm
Dicke Hall, Lake Campus
Cover Letter and CV (PDF)

Job Description

Wright State University seeks an innovative, entrepreneurial, and professionally engaged individual to lead the Lake Campus during this exciting and critical timeframe of growth and development. The leadership is aligned to strategically advance Wright State to the next level of regional engagement, economic development, and educational access as it advances its mission to change lives of its students and communities served. The Lake Campus is an integral partner in Wright State’s trajectory, providing key access to education and resources for the region and its important agribusiness, commerce, and industry focus. The Lake Campus is also a thought-leader in the region, stimulating discussion on community, national, and international issues, and expanding access to ideas and solutions that extend beyond the region, preparing graduates for membership in the global society. The Lake Campus lake.wright.edu is Wright State University’s only regional campus and is situated on 173 scenic acres on the north shore of Grand Lake St. Marys between Celina and St. Marys in Mercer County. The Lake Campus is a valued community resource located approximately 75 miles north of Dayton, Ohio and the Dayton Campus of Wright State University.

The Dean is a member of the strategically formed dynamic Vice Presidents and College Deans collaborating to raise Wright State’s prominence and reputation as the leader in high quality, affordable and accessible education within the state, with significant increased visibility across the nation and internationally. The Dean reports to the Provost of Wright State University and is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Lake Campus, responsible for the administration of academic programs; student success; strategic and fiscal planning; supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff; promoting diversity awareness; and planning and promoting new academic programs, community services, and campus facilities.  The Dean has a key leadership role in the economic and cultural needs of the region; ensures the appropriate balance of staffing through talent acquisition, retention, and performance management; leads fundraising and grant acquisition; and engages with community to align program offerings with demand fields.  The Dean must be a strategic thinker, adept at building partnerships within a diverse community, knowledgeable in higher education issues, collaborative in developing team-focused, data-driven approaches to problem solving, and possessed of strong people skills.  The Dean must be adept at actively representing the interests of the Lake Campus within the best interests of the total university and within Western Ohio.

As Chief Academic Officer, the Dean is responsible for articulation of the Lake Campus’s vision of academic distinction, the development of and administration of academic programs, policies relating to instruction, curriculum, extended learning, and information technology, faculty and academic staff appointments, performance assessments, scholarship, community service, and outreach in the community.

The Campus seeks an exceptional leader who is a dynamic and energetic individual and has the ability to effectively engage faculty, staff, students and external constituencies in a collaborative and collegial manner. Essential qualities include an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, a record of execution and outcomes, a demonstrated commitment to student access and success.  Working in partnership with the senior staff, the successful candidate will be expected to embrace and contribute to the mission and priorities of the Campus. This is an outstanding opportunity for a creative leader at a very exciting time as the Campus continues its growth and has initiatives in place for new facilities and programs.

Committee

Kristin Sobolik, Chair, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts  
Cindy Berelsman, Lecturer of Business Technologies
Joe Cavanaugh, Professor of Economics
Chuck Ciampaglio, Professor of Geology/Paleontology
Giovanna Follo, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Marty Kich, Professor of English
Julie Miller, Director of the Business Enterprise Center
Bill Montgomery, Wright State Board of Trustee Representative
Candace Phlipot, Coordinator of Events/Student Activities
Gretchen Rentz, Assistant Director of Student Services
Courtney Simons, Lecturer of Food Science
Neil Stemley, WOEF Board Representative

Lake Campus

DSCN0915.JPGWright State University (WSU) www.wright.edu is a comprehensive public university with strong doctoral, research, and undergraduate programs, rated among the Best National Universities listed in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” rankings by U.S. News and World Report and rated “Best in the Midwest” by the Princeton Review. Named after the world-famous Wright brothers, the University continues to exemplify their spirit of innovation. Collaboration, value, and access underscore the Wright State organizational culture, motivating faculty and staff to work together to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff, and an exceptional, educational experience for students.

About Lake Campus

The Lake Campus lake.wright.edu is Wright State University’s only regional campus and is situated on 173 scenic acres on the north shore of Grand Lake St. Marys between Celina and St. Marys in Mercer County. The Lake Campus is a valued community resource located approximately 75 miles north of Dayton, Ohio and the Dayton Campus of Wright State University. Mercer County has the lowest unemployment rate (3%) in Ohio and one of the lowest in the United States, founded on the unique regional economies of agribusiness, commerce, and industry. Mercer County is the top Agriculture County in Ohio, Mercer and Darke Counties are the top egg producing counties in the United States, and the region provides a number of economic development incentives for starting and growing businesses.

The Lake Campus serves a student population of 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Academic programs include a variety of pre-baccalaureate, baccalaureate, associate and selected master’s and technical degrees. Traditionally strong programs include Agriculture, Education, Graphic Design and Visual Media, Law Enforcement, and Applied Business Technology, with new programs in Business, Food Science, Engineering, and Technical and Applied Science. Academic programming is focused on educating engaged global citizens while being receptive to needs of the unique regionally productive economy.

The Lake Campus has 75 faculty and staff strongly devoted to student success. The faculty are engaged scholars focused on getting to know each student and helping them attain their own personalized goals. This smaller campus community provides excellent student services including the Student Success Center, Career Services, and Center for Independent Achievement. Students have the opportunity to participate in twelve student organizations and three different athletic teams – The Lakers are a member of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference (ORCC).

The Lake Campus is a central, thriving part of the community, providing educational access, support, and attainment for the region with the help of strong, engaged community partners. These close connections have led to excellent student internship, service, and outreach opportunities, as well as community support for Lake Campus initiatives, scholarships, and facilities. For example, faculty and staff are engaged with the Lake Restoration Commission, the Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center provides management training and support for regional small businesses, and the WOEF (Western Ohio Educational Foundation) Board has long supported students, educational attainment, new programming, and facilities expansion.

The Lake Campus continues to experience tremendous growth in terms of academic programming, expansion of the geographic student base, increase in community connections, and enrollment. This growth has led to the recent construction of on-campus, furnished, townhouse style apartments to accommodate 64 students on the shores of Grand Lake St Marys, offering a spectacular view of the lake and short walk to classes. The facilities have been consistently maintained and updated to include renovated laboratories and dining facilities, state-of-the-art technology in all classrooms, the addition of James F. Dicke Hall that accommodates up to 300, and the formation of the newly remodeled Enrollment Services area. Plans are underway to expand the facilities further through the construction of a “Connector” between Dwyer Hall and Trenary Hall for increased classroom, laboratory, and conference facilities.

Hallmarks of the Lake Campus include

  • Built and sustained by Community Spirit
  • Small campus growing in enrollment, programs, and regional scope
  • Excellent faculty and staff committed to student success
  • Personalized student interactions
  • Small class sizes
  • Strong emerging online and flexible program delivery options
  • Nationally recognized faculty scholars
  • New and expanding programs in Business,
  • Engineering, Food Science, and Technical and
  • Applied Science
  • Strong, engaged community connections