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Dean of the College of Business

Central Washington University

Central Washington University (CWU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean in the College of Business.  CWU seeks a collaborative, strategic, and visionary leader.  The dean will have the opportunity to lead and build upon the college’s successes while supporting and creating areas of growth.  The next dean will be a forward-thinking visionary, leading the College of Business by engaging and supporting students and faculty.  The College of Business will thrive with a dean who is committed to excellence in business education, diversity and inclusivity, enhancing its reputation in the local and business communities and fundraising.

CWU is located in Ellensburg on the sunny side of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State.  Ellensburg is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, canyons, waterfalls, rivers, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and bike paths, community forests and vineyards.  The historic downtown includes multiple galleries, local craft brewery taprooms, local wine cellars and restaurants.  The town of 21,000 (including students) has programming throughout the year including Ellensburg Music Fest, Brewfest, monthly art walks, a vibrant summer farmers market, Dachshunds on Parade, the County Fair, and the largest rodeo in the state.   The cosmopolitan city of Seattle – home to 11 Fortune 500 company headquarters --and the beautiful Puget Sound are only 2 hours away.

CWU is a comprehensive, regional university of approximately 9400 students focusing primarily on undergraduates, is led by an inspiring new president, Jim Wohlpart.  CWU prides itself on being a model learning organization of equity and belonging. We have been named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Top Producing Institution for the 2022-2023 academic year. In addition, for the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. We deliver educational and social activities on our residential campus in Ellensburg, Washington and at our 8 off-site locations throughout Washington, including 5 in the Seattle area.  Tour our campus in Ellensburg here.

The College of Business is proud of its diversity in the faculty and student body.  There are approximately 1350 students (many of them first generation) in the College, 45 Full-Time faculty (37 T/TT) and 21 quarterly instructors.  The College offers diverse undergraduate programs:  the BSBA (7 specializations), BS degrees (Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Personal Financial Planning), a BAS (supply chain) and a graduate program in Accounting (MPA).  It is a collegial environment where faculty are dedicated to student learning while pursuing scholarship. Faculty and staff are innovative with curriculum planning and student engagement.  The College is in good-standing with the AACSB, and has begun work on its next review (in AY 2025-6) with creating new Mission and strategic plan.   There is excellent potential for deepening the College’s ties with the local community and enhancing our societal impact.  For more information about the College of Business, please visit our website:

JOB Summary: 

The dean is the chief administrator of the College of Business. The dean leads and manages change, ensures inclusive and ethical practices, allocates college resources, and models student-centered decision-making. Specifically, the dean is responsible for the following activities: program planning, budget management, personnel actions, faculty /staff development, curriculum delivery, planning for facilities and equipment, departmental operations, strategic planning, fund-raising, and responsiveness to students at all the educational sites where the college provides instruction.  Academic departments reporting to the dean are: Accounting (including Master of Professional Accountancy), Economics, Finance & SCM, and Management.

The dean collaborates closely with the administration, support services, faculty, staff, and students of the university, community agencies, and the general public. The dean provides leadership in advancing the College among its many constituencies, and in positioning the college to respond successfully to the challenges and opportunities of contemporary higher education.

All employees are expected to support CWU’s commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.

Salary: $170,000-$220,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience. CWU's comprehensive benefit package includes an annual contribution of over $12,000 toward health insurance, over $10,000 toward retirement, and a combined total of 40 days off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Depending on plans selected, your cost will vary for health insurance from $24 - $313 per month and 5-15% for retirement. CWU waives up to 50% of tuition for employees' dependents and employees may be eligible for the public service loan forgiveness program. Screening will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

TO APPLY:  Please apply on our Careers Page, and search for job ID: 5480

Screening will begin on April 9, 2023 and continue until a candidate is selected.

Questions should be referred to:


Kathryn D. Martell, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

(509) 963-1990   


Tim Englund, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of the Sciences

(509) 963-1866


CWU is an EEO/AA/Title IX/Veteran/Disability Employer.

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