Virginia Commonwealth University invites nominations, expressions of intent and applications for a leader to serve as dean, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and invites nominations and expressions of interest. The Virginia Commonwealth University L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, first organized in 2003 and becoming an independent unit at VCU in 2013, is an interdisciplinary school, bringing together high quality faculty from multiple disciplines and applied fields with a shared interest in engagement and public affairs. The school offers programs spanning the undergraduate through the doctoral level, in addition to post-baccalaureate graduate certificates. Disciplines include criminal justice, public policy and administration, urban and regional studies and one of the first homeland security and emergency preparedness programs in the nation. Graduate programs include master’s degree programs in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, urban and regional planning and a Ph.D. program in public policy and administration. The school contains seven centers or institutes that enhance public policy through research, training, development and engagement collaborations as a part of the center for public policy. The school stands at the intersection between policy analysis and development, research and service to public and private interests regionally, nationally and globally. Its possibilities are extraordinary.

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. Today, VCU serves an integral role in the economic health of the city of Richmond and the region by educating the current and future workforce, advancing research and enhancing patient care. VCU, its health system and other related entities have cash and investments of approximately $3.0 billion.

Reporting to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the new dean will have responsibility for providing leadership in academic, research, community outreach and fund-development activities to sustain and enhance the outstanding reputation of the school. The dean will take the lead in shaping the future of the school, advancing the vision that defines its standard of excellence, the directions of its growth and the new and multidisciplinary connections that are possible across the university and abroad. The dean will nourish and build external partnerships, including engaging the expertise of the faculty to fulfill the school’s vision to be the premier resource for public policy expertise and social justice in public safety, governance and economic and community development. Along with the faculty, the dean will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of faculty members, assuring excellence in teaching, research and service. The school envisions the opportunity to shape new programmatic directions, extend those in place now and build upon existing strengths in the university and the school. The dean also will extend partnerships with the public sector, expanding connections in support of the development of the school. The dean will be part of the senior leadership of the university, working with other senior officers and deans to realize the university’s promising and challenging future.

The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized entrepreneurial leader able to articulate the narrative of the school’s diverse accomplishments and aspirations with a sense of common purpose and pride. Requirements include a record of distinguished research, teaching, and/or public service; substantial administrative experience, preferably at a research university; proven success in external fund development; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in the school. Experience in addressing the social and economic issues in the widest variety of communities will be highly valued. Applicants with strong leadership experience and outstanding accomplishments in government and public affairs are also welcomed and will receive serious attention. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual with the drive, skill and experience to bring creative leadership to a distinguished organization and to play a critical role in shaping its future.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU eJobs portal located at the link below:
VCU eJobs portal:

Additionally, confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher. Submission of application materials (Cover Letter, CV, and List of Five References) as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:
Betty Turner Asher, Vice President & Partner
Ann Bailey, Senior Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272