Located in Orangeburg, SC, Claflin University was founded in 1869 and named in honor of Lee Claflin, a prominent Methodist layman from Boston, and his son William Claflin, then Governor of Massachusetts. At that time, with “the only admission requirements for prospective students being the possession of good moral character and a conscientious desire to learn,” Claflin University offered, for the first time in South Carolina, quality higher education for men and women “regardless of race, complexion, or religious opinion.”
Today Claflin, a historically black University, is an independent, comprehensive, co-educational, residential, career-oriented liberal-arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church. With an enrollment of approximately 2,100 students, Claflin has a student-faculty ratio of approximately 13:1. The University has approximately 120 full-time faculty members with 83 percent holding terminal degrees in their respective fields. Claflin boasts four academic schools, the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College, and the Center for Professional and Continuing Studies encompassing a wide array of disciplines. The University offers 36 undergraduate majors, four graduate degrees including an MBA, MS in Biotechnology, MS in Criminal Justice, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, and seven online degrees. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Claflin for a number of years as one of “America’s Best Colleges” because of the University’s reputation for academic achievement, retention and graduation rates, for faculty distinction, accreditation, and the many internships and scholarships offered to deserving students. U.S. News has ranked Claflin as the 8th best HBCU in the nation.
Throughout its history, the University has held to the mission and visionary commitment to welcome all who enter its gates regardless of gender, race, or religious affiliation in order to develop a diverse and inclusive community of globally engaged visionary leaders. While adhering to the school creed to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, Claflin has remained dedicated to providing a student-centered, liberal arts education grounded in cutting-edge research, experiential learning, state-of-the art technology, community service, and life-long personal and professional fulfillment.
For additional information about Claflin University, please visit the University’s website at www.claflin.edu.
As a member of the academic leadership team, the Dean of the School of Business reports directly to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer. The Dean will lead and manage 14 faculty members. The School of Business, with approximately 400-500 students, has the second highest number of majors at the University.
The Dean will be a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader of vision who plays a pivotal role in long-range academic and strategic planning, maintaining program accreditation, curricular planning, fundraising, developing corporate partnerships, fostering productive external relationships, and growing the School’s educational offerings. The School of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, Management, Marketing, and Organizational Management.
Other specific responsibilities for the Dean include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Exercise academic leadership in teaching, research, and other activities of the department with a leadership style characterized by innovation, transparency and professional integrity that inspires cooperation, innovation, creativity, and respect among faculty, students, administrators, and staff.
- Fundraising and developing external partnerships that support the budgetary/fiscal health of the School; develop a departmental budget to be approved by the Provost; subsequently administer the budget.
- Recruit, manage, mentor, develop, and retain faculty and other personnel. Encourage and monitor the professional development of faculty members.
- Evaluate the performance of departmental faculty and make recommendations regarding promotion, tenure, sabbatical leave, dismissal, or non-reappointment.
- Assist in recruiting students, and with activities directed toward student retention.
- Implement high quality educational policies.
- Champion issues related to globalism and cultural inclusion.
- Administer university policies and procedures.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Provost.
The Dean of the School of Business should:
- Possess an earned doctorate in Finance, Economics, Business Administration or one of the disciplines in the School of Business coupled with a sustained record of accomplishments. Candidates with outstanding corporate experiences and achievements will also be considered.
- Demonstrated experiences in significant fundraising and developing major corporate partnerships.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Global vision and an entrepreneurial mind-set.
- Ability, and willingness, to aggressively promote the School of Business to senior corporate executives and major regional and national corporations.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience, which includes a competitive base salary, benefits, and some relocation assistance.
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Claflin University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.