Founding Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Closing Date

September 5, 2022


Full Time


Albany, NY

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Excelsior College invites nominations and applications for the role of Founding Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS). Following a long and successful history of leadership in nursing education, Excelsior has committed to an ambitious and innovative path forward that centers around the expansion of its health sciences offerings to include a wider array of cutting edge health professional programs and educational opportunities.

This exciting opportunity to join an academic executive leadership team comes at a time when Excelsior’s reputation as a leading provider of online education has achieved significant recognition. In 2022, Newsweek ranked Excelsior among the top 10 online colleges and universities in the nation. The new Founding Dean of CNHS will join a prestigious online university and a team of talented leaders to architect a bold future in online health professional education.

The launch of the new College of Nursing and Health Sciences coincides with a landmark event in the history of Excelsior College. On August 1, 2022, Excelsior College will officially become Excelsior University. This moment of pride and accomplishment in Excelsior’s evolution will enable the University to expand globally and offer doctoral degrees across a wide range of academic and professional programs. Key to the College’s strategy is to build on its long history of excellence in educating more than 60,000 nurses and expand upon its health sciences offerings.

Reporting to the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Dean will be responsible for setting an innovative vision for the College that sustains Excelsior’s focus on accessible and flexible learning opportunities for students and that drives forward Excelsior’s reputation for leading at the forefront of innovation in higher education.

The successful candidate will demonstrate many of the following professional and personal attributes:
  • An understanding of and commitment to the unique mission of Excelsior College and the students it serves;
  • A record of accomplishments and progressive leadership experience in higher education, educational technology, or a complex healthcare organization;
  • An innovator who will not be afraid to take appropriate risk, experiment, and explore new ideas;
  • Strategic and visionary leadership with the capacity to envision a future state and marshal the energy, talent, and resources of the Excelsior community to advance its mission of student success;
  • An understanding of current trends in adult, professional, and online education and knowledge of and experience in online and technology-enabled learning;
  • Knowledge of health professional education and clinical requirements including accreditation and licensing of different health professional education programs and certifications;
  • An understanding of the unique needs of Excelsior’s students and how to support them through the completion of their academic goals;
  • A true collaborator and strategic partner that understands the importance of working as a team;
  • The ability to generate new revenue streams through fundraising, grants, and external partnerships;
  • An understanding of the diverse students Excelsior College serves and the emotional intelligence and cultural competencies to foster an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students;
  • A team builder and people leader with high emotional intelligence and the ability to work with an increasingly diverse community of stakeholders;
  • Experience in successfully preparing for and developing growth opportunities, including new undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • A strong commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment;
  • Demonstrated success in working with alums, donors, and the community to develop and support internships and other career opportunities for students; and
  • A strong commitment to student success.
  • A doctoral/terminal degree in nursing, the health sciences, or a related field is required for this position

To Apply: All applications and nominations will be held in confidence. For full consideration, please send a cover letter and CV to:
    Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Ph.D., Managing Director
    Fiona Jaramillo, Ed.D., Senior Associate
    Brian Bustin, Senior Associate
    Storbeck Search
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Excelsior College offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes paid time off, retirement, and excellent health insurance. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references. Please submit requested information by clicking the Apply Now button on this page.


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