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Dean, Wehle School of Business at Canisius College
Richard J. Wehle School of Business in Buffalo, New York
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Date Posted April 07, 2018
Graduate Business School -Executive-Dean
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Dean, Wehle School of Business at Canisius College


Canisius College seeks an entrepreneurial and visionary leader for the Richard J. Wehle School of Business who will build on the college's existing strengths while positioning the School for a strong and successful future. The incoming dean will join faculty and administrators committed to enhancing the college's standing as one of the top regional universities in the Northeast. Accredited by AACSB International for over three decades, the School has some of the most prominent business programs in the area and is characterized by a faculty committed to academic excellence. The Wehle School has earned broad-based support from the business community and benefits from a successful and generous alumni base. The Wehle School's outstanding reputation is exhibited through notable examples:

· Canisius College Accounting students consistently finish within the top three in pass rate on the NYS CPA examinations.
· The Golden Griffin Fund team recently won the Global Finals at the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge (over 865 universities participated from all over the world). The Canisius team has won the Regional competition since its inception.
· Students in the Canisius Entrepreneurs Organization have won the Best Chapter Award in the national competition six times.
· Canisius College Enactus students harness entrepreneurial opportunities through innovative projects and have regularly won regional competitions and finished in the top sixteen at national competitions. 

Canisius welcomes candidates who can demonstrate experience in developing successful and collaborative partnerships with members of the community in order to advance the mission and goals of the institution. It is expected that the successful candidate will be committed to the Catholic, Jesuit identity of the college and support the contemporary mission of the service of faith and the promotion of justice. The dean, as an academic leader of the business school, works collaboratively to foster academic excellence through the encouragement, recognition, and support of outstanding teaching, worthy scholarship, and meaningful service. 

As chief academic officer for the Wehle School of Business, the dean must be an effective ambassador and liaison among constituent groups, encouraging collegiality and collaboration among faculty members, administrators, staff and students, while simultaneously meeting the current challenges higher education is facing. Keeping a student-centered perspective, the dean should understand and help promote excellence in student learning, scholarship opportunities and student recruitment, and student support systems. As a college leader in an urban college community, the dean must be committed to supporting the broad values of diversity on campus and a comprehensive range of service opportunities both on campus and in the larger community beyond. 

The Wehle School of Business has benefited from consistent leadership, with only five deans since its inception in 1958. 

Enrolling nearly 800 undergraduate and 300 graduate students, the school is comprised of thirty -five full-time and twenty part-time faculty in four departments (accounting, economics/finance, management, and marketing/information systems). At the undergraduate level, business majors include accounting, accounting information systems, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management and marketing, along with several minors. The school also delivers five graduate programs: a one-year full-time MBA, a part-time evening MBA, a 150-hour Accounting program (MBAA), and an MBA in Professional Accounting. The school also manages the Center for Professional Development and Women's Business Center and has excellent relations with the regional business community through its Business Council, its Council on Accountancy, its Finance Council, and its Graduate Business Alumni Board. 


As the leader of the Wehle School of Business, the dean will be instrumental in developing and implementing the school's vision as well as assisting Canisius in meeting its goal of enhancing the academic profile of the college. The successful candidate will demonstrate leadership skills in working collaboratively both within the School and as a partner with fellow Deans, the Provost and the President in promoting the College's strategic and academic plans and in fostering a culture of innovation and engagement within the School. The Dean must also be able to strike the appropriate balance between advocating for the best interests of the School while being able to collaborate with others on projects of importance to the College, such as the College's emphasis on sustainability initiatives and biomedical programs that will further enhance collaborative opportunities between the institution's three colleges. 

The Wehle School of Business dean will have a wide range of responsibilities, including:

a) strengthening and developing academic program experiences to prepare students for success in a global marketplace;

b) supporting the faculty in the Wehle School of Business to be excellent teachers and productive scholars; 

c) providing leadership in the development of the self-study to maintain AACSB accreditation, held by the school for over three decades;

d) oversight of assurance of learning processes and information to promote continuous improvement of teaching pedagogy and curriculum

e) developing strong partnerships with the local business community to ensure that our programs prepare students well for professional success; 

f) leading efforts to broaden and diversify the faculty and student body. 

g) opportunities to recruit new faculty in a coordinated manner to shape and align with curriculum revisions in all Wehle School of Business undergraduate and graduate academic programs;

h) supporting systems that improve student retention;

i) leading faculty in the effort to improve student learning through program assessment; 

j) promoting fundraising and development activities in support of college initiatives; and

k) maintaining established regional markets, expanding domestically beyond the traditional footprint, and developing international programs.


The Wehle School of Business dean has access to a number of resources to realize the opportunities and meet the responsibilities listed above. These include:

a) an assistant dean, and a strong and committed faculty, including thirty five full-time and twenty part-time serving in four departments that offer seven majors and various business minors;

b) forty professionals who serve on an external WSB Advisory Council and fifty professionals on the Council on Accountancy, who aid in placement, recruiting and fundraising for our distinguished programs; on-campus services and programs including the Office of International Student Programs, the Finance Council, the ALANA Student Center, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and an Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations;

c) the Civello Financial Markets Lab, including 12 state of the art Bloomberg terminals, is located in Old Main and overseen by the Economics-Finance department, and which serves as the home of the Golden Griffin Fund managing a portfolio currently valued at $500,000;

d) SAP University Alliances membership that enables educational use of world class SAP Software in Accounting Information Systems, Accounting and Management academic programs

d) the on-campus Jesuit community, Office of Campus Ministry, and Office of Mission and Identity that animate the college's service of faith and promotion of social justice and ethics, especially through the sponsorship of local, regional and international service opportunities; 

e) the Griff Center for Academic Engagement, which coordinates student academic services including, but not limited to, advisement and career services; 

f) state of the art technology and dedicated technology support staff and a full-service media center; 

g) college institutes including: Institute for the Global Study of Religion, Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships, William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership, Canisius College Video Institute, and Institute for Autism Research;

h) unique learning opportunities, including an All-College Honors Program, the Urban Leadership Learning Community, and the annual Ignatian Scholarship Day;

i) An existing institutional initiative that brings faculty together from across the college to advance sustainability issues and measures.

j) existing partnerships with a number of local institutions including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Darwin Martin House, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Zoo, the Buffalo Museum of Science, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute; 

k) the Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP) that provides funding for students to work with faculty and staff on research and other projects that enhance learning.

Required Credentials

The Wehle School of Business dean will possess these minimum qualifications in order to meet the position's responsibilities and perform the job effectively: 

a) Required qualifications for the Dean position include an earned Ph.D. in a business or business related field from an accredited institution

b) Five or more years of administrative experience at the department chair level or above; 

c) Record of scholarship, service, and demonstrated excellence as a classroom instructor, which would qualify the individual for tenure at Canisius College.

Preferred Qualifications:

We welcome candidates with interests in our humanistic core curriculum, which explores issues of diversity, ethics, global awareness, and social justice. We likewise welcome candidates with experience and expertise using inclusive strategies in working with students with a range of abilities and from diverse backgrounds. 

a) an entrepreneurial, collaborative, and international spirit to support and strengthen academic programs and student experiences in the Wehle School of Business;

b) knowledge and experience with AACSB International accreditation and an understanding of what it means to be an accredited institution;

c) knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges facing higher education in a broad context; 

d) experience in developing strong and successful partnerships with the business community;

e) understanding of, and commitment to, the Catholic, Jesuit identity of the college; 

f) understanding of strategic planning, college budgeting, and grant development;

g) willingness to work collaboratively with other divisions in the college;

h) willingness to engage in fundraising;

i) record of innovation and development of new academic programs and an understanding of and the ability to support diverse program delivery formats including online and hybrid education.


Founded in 1870, Canisius College is an independent, mid-sized comprehensive Catholic institution in the Jesuit tradition that strives to educate the whole person through the development of intellectual, moral, spiritual, and social qualities and through service to others. The educational mission is anchored in the classical liberal arts tradition with strong programs in the arts and sciences, business, and education. Canisius currently serves approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students in its College of Arts and Sciences, the Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services. The college's urban campus consists of fifty-eight buildings on approximately seventy-two acres in a residential neighborhood in north central Buffalo, New York, a city rich in history, tradition, and culture. Over the last seventeen years, Canisius has completed more than $142 million in capital construction and renovation projects. The college operates on an $86 million annual budget and has an endowment in excess of $110 million. More than forty-five thousand active alumni shape the Canisius College legacy in their rich contributions locally, nationally, and internationally. Their loyalty and generosity signal the success of the college in its mission and continue to enable the College to prosper. 


Review of applicants will begin on February 1, 2018 and continue until position is filled.

The anticipated start date of the new Wehle School of Business dean is July 1, 2018.

To apply, go to and click on View Current Employment Opportunities. Applicants should include their cover letter and their curriculum vitae with their online application. Address cover letters to Chair, Search Committee. Also, please include the names, titles and email addresses of three references. Your references will receive an email from Canisius College requesting they submit their reference letter directly to Canisius College's Human Resources Department.

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit university, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice. Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity. The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.

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