Dean of Online Education
Davenport University - Grand Rapids, MI

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Davenport University seeks an energetic, strategic, creative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader to serve as its Dean of Online Education. Davenport University offers high quality programs in business, technology, and health professions that prepare students for associate, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as non-degree certificates for a number of high-demand careers.

With more than 13,000 students served by multiple campuses across the state and online, Davenport is among the largest private universities in Michigan. Its roots reach back to the 19th century and reflect a long tradition of providing affordable, career-oriented educational opportunities for students. Davenport University is organized into three professional colleges for health, business, and technology. Online Education plays a vital role in each of these professional areas as well as in the arts and sciences. More than 5,000 students currently take courses or complete degree programs online at Davenport.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academics and Provost, the Dean is responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership for Online Education at Davenport, developing a competitive strategy to position Davenport as a recognized leader in online education, driving growth in both quality and enrollment in Online Education in the University, working with IT and others in the University leadership team to ensure that technology supports faculty and students in the online environment, and managing program resources and operations for efficiency and excellence. S/he will optimize the current strengths in Online Education and develop new areas of expertise to raise the school's profile state-wide and nationally. The Dean will serve as the chief advocate for Davenport Online Education, building relationships within the University and with external constituencies.

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader with a collaborative managerial style and a commitment to excellence. The ideal candidate will bring experience as both an educator and administrator in online education in a higher education or corporate setting. The Dean will be a strategic leader who develops and implements a vision for Online Education as a major contributor to the future growth of both quality and enrollment at Davenport. A master's degree is required, and a doctorate is preferred.

Gale Merseth is leading this search with Martha Brest.

Davenport University is an equal opportunity employer.

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