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photo collage of van den Berg Hall, the clock tower, Dean Hadi Salavitabar, and undergraduate student Jumpei Onozuka

Dean of the School of Business

van den Berg Hall, home of the School of Business
van den Berg Hall, home of the School of Business at SUNY New Paltz

The Position

The State University of New York at New Paltz seeks a creative and dynamic leader for the position of Dean of the School of Business. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Dean of the School of Business is the chief academic officer of the school, responsible for the academic vision as well as the strategic leadership and operational management of the School. With AACSB accreditation earned in 2013, the Dean’s primary responsibility will be to develop and implement a strategy to advance the excellent reputation of the School of Business and to ensure the delivery of high quality, innovative programs that prepare students for a rapidly changing global business environment. The Dean is an advocate for the School of Business, maintaining and enriching the strong, student-centered culture of the School and ensuring the long-term stability of its programs.

The Dean must build upon current connections in the business community and continue to foster those linkages through the development of innovative programs and partnerships, working closely with the School’s Business Advisory Council members, industry leaders and other friends of the college. The Dean is expected to work closely with the Development Office to maintain and build alumni and donor relationships and participate in events, helping to cultivate a culture of philanthropy.

Faculty and staff development is an important aspect of this position. The Dean must effectively advocate for and manage resources in order to recruit, develop and retain a diverse faculty strong in teaching, scholarship and service. The Dean oversees the reappointment, promotion and tenure review processes for faculty and professional staff. Further, the Dean supervises the Business Advisory Center, MBA Program, career services, project development, and administrative support staff in order to influence and shape the delivery of key academic support services that enrich the teaching and learning experiences. The Dean must communicate effectively with all School of Business stakeholders, utilizing a collaborative management style and strong interpersonal skills.

The Dean of the School of Business works closely with deans and directors of other academic and administrative units on campus to foster a climate of academic excellence and inclusiveness consistent with the SUNY New Paltz mission. As a senior leader, the Dean is expected to participate in a variety of campus activities and guide broader institutional objectives.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Demonstrated record of accomplishments as an academic leader, reflecting a thorough understanding of the business environment and the field of business education.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategy in a complex environment.
  • Proven track record of fundraising and development engagement
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to work collaboratively with constituencies from the School of Business, College and community.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage staff and faculty, and support professional development.
  • Evidence of strong fiscal management.
  • Earned doctorate in Business or a closely related field.
  • Experience and credentials that would support an appointment to the rank of Professor in the School.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional ethics and integrity.

Business experience or sustained collaboration with business and industry, and experience with AACSB accreditation are preferred.

The School of Business

The School of Business at SUNY New Paltz features challenging courses, strong academic majors in business, and a solid liberal arts foundation to foster the skills needed to prepare for the challenges of today's business environment. The School is characterized by a faculty and staff who care about and are committed to each other, the School of Business, and their professional lives, and devote time to building relationships with students.

The School of Business is comprised of approximately 900 undergraduates and 100 MBA students. We offer six undergraduate majors: Accounting, Finance, General Business, International Business, Management and Marketing. All majors share a common core of 40 credits which represents about two-thirds of the undergraduate business curriculum. The MBA program has two tracks, the general MBA track and the CPA-preparatory track. The MBA program has both full time and part-time students and courses are offered primarily in a seated format. The School is currently in the process of developing online MBA course offerings.

The School of Business began as a Department of Business Administration in 1985 and was established as a School in 2000. As the School has grown, we have maintained an organic structure and operate without separate departments. With 29 full time faculty and 5 professional staff members, the School of Business maintains a collegial and collaborative climate. The faculty and staff meet regularly with the Dean and Associate Dean to govern the school, develop curricula, consider ways to enhance student and faculty opportunities, and engage in strategic visioning.

Our commitment to excellent teaching is demonstrated by the high quality of our faculty, teamwork, and practical application. Our business student associations provide students with numerous leadership and educational opportunities in and out of the classroom. Workshops, conferences, a Business Plan Contest, an Investment Competition, debates, consulting work and many more activities are available for students to gain a broader educational experience. Further, the School of Business works closely with our campus' Career Resource Center to provide training and services to help facilitate our students' internship and job searches. We also provide our students with a writing assistant, math assistant and library liaison.

The School of Business has an active and highly engaged Business Advisory Council (BAC) comprised of business professionals from the Hudson Valley and beyond. The BAC works closely with the Dean and faculty, providing advice regarding curricular innovations, acting as judges for various student competitions, and assisting in the development of internship and consulting opportunities for students. The BAC meets each semester, and convenes more frequently in smaller project related committees.

School of Business Faculty and Staff

The School of Business has 29 full time faculty members distributed across the business disciplines, five in the area of Management, two in International Business, four in Finance, six in Accounting/Business Law, eight in the area of quantitative/statistics and four in Marketing. Of the 29 members, four hold the rank of Full Professor, thirteen are Associate Professors, nine are Assistant Professors and three are Lecturers. In addition to our faculty, we have a Director of Business Advising, a Business Advisor, a Director of Business Projects, Director of the MBA program, and a half-time Senior Career Specialist. Within the Dean’s office, we also have an Associate Dean, Administrative Assistant to the Dean and a Secretary.

Within the Dean’s office, we also have an Associate Dean, Administrative Assistant to the Dean and a Secretary.

Faculty are highly active in research and service. Our engagement in research is reflected in numerous peer-reviewed publications with colleagues both in the School of Business as well as nationally and internationally. Faculty also serve on School-level and university-level committees, and are active in professional associations.

SUNY New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz, founded in 1828, was created as a school to teach the classics, became a Normal School in 1885, and was formally incorporated into the State University of New York in 1948. It is one of the 64 academic institutions that comprise the State University of New York system (SUNY.)

New Paltz is an exciting blend of tradition and vision. At its educational core is the belief in the importance of a liberal education. This served as the guiding principle at the time the College was founded and continues to aid in the preparation of students for transition into the global community today. Equally important is the commitment to the growth of the student intellectually, culturally, and socially.

New Paltz is composed of six academic Schools: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, the School of Science and Engineering, and the multidisciplinary Graduate School. The liberal arts and sciences are considered the foundation for all the College’s programs, including the business program.

The College enrolls approximately 6,685 undergraduate and 1,082 graduate students. There are 351 full-time faculty whose excellence in teaching and scholarship is a hallmark of the College. Of its faculty, 81.5 percent of tenure/tenure track faculty hold terminal degrees, 51 percent are female, and 16.3 percent are faculty of color or other underrepresented minority groups. The student to faculty ratio is 17:1. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccredited the College in 2011.

Among New Paltz’s most prominent characteristics today are its strong and growing academic quality, its deep connections to the culture and economy of the mid-Hudson region, the comprehensiveness of its academic programs, and its diverse student population. The College aspires to offer the finest and most intellectually engaging undergraduate education in SUNY and to compete successfully for strong students with excellent public and private colleges and universities across the Northeast.

New Paltz’s rising reputation has been acknowledged in college rankings publications. US News and World Report ranked SUNY New Paltz 7th among the best public regional universities in the Northeast with both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. New Paltz also ranked 32nd among public and private regional universities in the Northeast with bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Princeton Review have named New Paltz a “best value” in higher education.

Driven in large measure by its popularity, New Paltz has been very successful in achieving its enrollment goals and dramatically raising its selectivity goals. The College is essentially operating at capacity in undergraduate enrollment and it does not plan to grow. Since 2002, freshman applications have increased by 25 percent. Selectivity also continues to increase. For Fall 2012, only 44 percent of first-year applicants were accepted. In 2012, 100 percent of entering freshmen came from the top two of five SUNY quality groups, a measure of strong selectivity. Entering first-year students in 2012 had a mean SAT score of 1162 and a high school average of 91.

New Paltz has a strong commitment to diversity in its student population. Approximately 26 percent of undergraduate students and 16 percent of graduate students are from traditionally under-represented groups. First-year retention for the Fall 2010 cohort (the percentage of freshmen returning for their sophomore year) reached an all-time high of 88.1 percent. Second-year retention (the percentage of sophomores returning for their junior year) rose to 79.6 percent. Even more important, in 2012 the College attained its highest graduation rates: Four-year graduation rate of 55.2 percent; Five-year graduation rate of 68.1 percent; and Six-year graduation rate of 79.2 percent.

These graduation rates are well above state and national averages for both private and public colleges. In addition, the College has been recognized for retention and graduation rates of students from historically underrepresented groups that are also well above state and national averages for both public and private institutions.

Located mid-way between Albany, the state capital, and New York City, our 216-acre campus is an ideal atmosphere for learning, whether in the classroom, in our state-of-the-art computer lab, through over 250 international overseas study abroad programs, or through internships and community service projects. A full complement of student support services and extra-curricular activities allow the students to participate and enjoy special interests, athletics, and the opportunity to develop the leadership skills that build individual competence.

SUNY New Paltz Leadership

President Donald Christian

In June 2011, Dr. Donald P. Christian was named the eighth president of SUNY New Paltz. He served as Interim President in 2010-11, after joining the college in 2009 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He also holds a tenured faculty position in the biology department.

Prior to his arrival at New Paltz, President Christian was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. As Dean, Christian led efforts at campus, state, and national levels to advance understanding of the value of a liberal education in a knowledge-driven 21st century society; strengthened student-faculty research programs; and supported projects to enhance equity and diversity on the campus. Previously, he served as Associate Dean for the Biological Sciences at the University of Montana, and held many positions at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, including Chair and Professor in the Biology Department and Director of Graduate Studies in the Biology graduate program.

The recipient of numerous research grants and contracts, Dr.Christian has published widely in journals such as Thought & Action; Journal of Wildlife Management; Wildlife Biology; Wetlands; Biomass & Bioenergy; Conservation Biology; and the Journal of Mammalogy, and has presented his work at numerous conferences and other institutions. Christian earned a B. S. in Wildlife Biology, and a M. S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Michigan State University.

Philip Mauceri, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Philip Mauceri was appointed as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in August, 2012. Dr. Mauceri holds tenure and professor rank in the Political Science Department. His specialty is comparative politics and Latin American politics.

Dr. Mauceri previously served as Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as a professor of political science, at the University of Northern Iowa. He was been awarded two Fulbright Scholarships to teach and conduct research in Bogotá, Colombia (2001) and in the Dominican Republic (2002). Prior to his 18 years at Northern Iowa, Mauceri was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Centers of Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut-Storrs and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst from 1991 to 1994. He has also been a visiting lecturer or scholar at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela (summer 1993), the University of Pennsylvania (1990-1991) and the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in Lima, Peru (1988-1990).

Dr. Mauceri earned a Ph. D. in Political Science at Columbia University in 1991 and an M.A. in 1985 and B.A. in 1983 (Cum Laude with Honors) from New York University.

Administration/Governance

The College is governed, as all SUNY campuses are, by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York and is supported by System Administration in Albany. A local College Council has nine members appointed by the governor, the president of the Student Association, and ex-officio faculty and alumni representatives. The President’s Cabinet includes the President, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Enrollment Management and the Chief of Staff/Associate Vice President for Communication.

New Paltz has an active system of faculty governance which addresses matters of curriculum, tenure, promotion, other personnel issues, and faculty organization.

Student government on campus is the responsibility of the Student Association, which is funded by a mandatory student activity fee, and the Residence Hall Student Association.

The SUNY New Paltz Organization Chart can be found in the appendix of this document.

New Paltz, New York

From any direction, the drive to New Paltz is memorably beautiful. Every season invites company to the mid-Hudson region. The Hudson River Valley abounds with lush foliage in the spring and summer, followed by autumn's rich palette of color. Skiing enthusiasts wait impatiently for winter's first snowfall.

National Geographic Traveler magazine recently named the Hudson Valley one of the top 20 tourist destinations around the world to visit in 2013. The locale offers a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing, and cross country and downhill skiing. The small towns dotting the area also bring tourists from around the globe. New York City is less than a two-hour drive, easily accessible by bus, train or car. The community is surrounded by the fertile farmlands of the Wallkill River Valley and hill upon hill of apple orchards and vineyards, which give Ulster County its well-deserved reputation as one of the finest apple-growing and wine-making areas in America.

New Paltz's aesthetic blend of commerce and natural beauty is great for hiking and biking or just strolling along its many quiet tree-lined streets. Restaurants and quaint eateries, specialty shops and professional offices intermingle with stone houses built in the 17th and 18th centuries and with sleek modern structures.

Application Procedure:

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Kristin Backhaus, at busdeansearch@newpaltz.edu.

Material that cannot be emailed may be sent to:

School of Business Dean Search
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561

Confidential inquiries and questions about this search may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Kristin Backhaus, at 845-257-2972 or backhauk@newpaltz.edu. The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.