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Coggin College of Business - Dean Search

Opportunity and Summary of the Position

 University of North Florida – Dean of the Coggin College of Business

The University of North Florida (UNF) seeks a dean to lead its Coggin College of Business to new levels of accomplishment.


The University of North Florida is optimally positioned for success in higher education's current environment. Established in 1972, the UNF has grown significantly in size and prominence, particularly in recent years, with over 17,300 students, 590 full-time faculty members and over 1,200 staff. The University is home to six colleges and routinely ranks high in quality and value on national lists published by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, Wall Street Journal and others. UNF holds the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and is committed to preparing the whole student.  Engaged classroom settings and individualized attention are important hallmarks of the student experience, as is substantive engagement with impactful community projects directed by passionate and committed faculty and staff.

Located in Jacksonville, FL, within an active and supportive business community and serving a large regional population, UNF enjoys strong support from the State University System of Florida, which is based on a unique performance funding model. Under the leadership of its relatively new president, David Szymanski (himself a former business dean), UNF is on the move, engaging a new strategic plan that aspires to considerably greater national and international acclaim while optimizing its relevance within the regional business environment and the university’s historical commitment to student success. Coggin's new dean will thus inherit an AACSB-accredited institution with very significant upside.


The new dean will work in close concert with faculty, staff, students, external constituents and University leaders to develop, articulate and execute a strategic plan that follows the University’s plan and to generate the resources necessary for its success. Additionally, the new dean will be responsible for student success efforts that reflect a global perspective and a commitment to inter- and multidisciplinary approaches, AACSB accreditation, enrollment, academic program planning, assessment of curriculum and instruction, recruitment and evaluation of faculty and staff, professional development and research support, and sound budgeting and fiscal management.


To this end, candidates with histories of working successfully within the context of shared governance and a collective bargaining agreement are strongly preferred. The dean will possess an earned terminal degree in business or related fields and a strong record of accomplishment in teaching, research and service that merits appointment as a full professor. Candidates possessing significant administrative experience will be advantaged. Above all, the dean will be committed to student success and will possess the necessary skills and personal attributes to inspire the entire Coggin community to aspire to even greater impact on the College's students and its community.


The comprehensive leadership profile for this search is currently available. Confidential inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 19, 2020. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile. These materials should be sent electronically to WittKieffer consultants Dennis M. Barden, Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Jessica Herrington at  


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The University of North Florida (UNF) is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences.