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Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology and the Foster College of Business – Dean of the College

Bradley University invites nominations and applications in its search for a visionary, multidisciplinary leader to serve as dean of the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) and the Foster College of Business (FCB). Previously, the two colleges each had their own deans. With both positions coming open at the same time, Bradley saw an opportunity to bring the leadership of the colleges under one dean who could help support the institution's goal of creating innovative educational experiences for students within these two colleges and advance the concept of convergence. In 2019, Bradley opened the Business and Engineering Convergence Center, which serves as the home of the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology and the Foster College of Business.

CCET has an enrollment of more than 800 undergraduate students across six majors and one minor. The college also serves over 40 graduate students across its five masters programs. CCET values learning in different contexts and encouraging engagement. This culture of learning encourages creativity and prepares students for current industry needs. The college has 38 full-time faculty (36 tenured or tenured-track) and 10 staff, and is organized into four academic departments: Civil Engineering and Construction; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology; and Mechanical Engineering.

FCB provides a comprehensive education to over 650 undergraduate students in nine majors and 15 minors. The college also serves more than 90 students at the graduate level through its Executive MBA, MBA and MS in Accounting programs. FCB is committed to student experiences that include close interactions with faculty who bring strong business connections to the classroom; exposure to career opportunities through internships, class projects and networking with professionals; and development of skills for business success each day. The college has 43 full-time faculty (35 tenured or tenured-track) and 20 staff, and is organized into six academic departments: Accounting; Economics; Entrepreneurship, Technology and Law; Finance; Management and Leadership; and Marketing.

Bradley University is a mid-sized, private, top-10 Midwest Regional University in Peoria, Illinois, which offers students the opportunities and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experiences of a smaller university. Bradley enrolls nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, employs approximately 1,300 people, has an annual operating budget of $161 million and an endowment of $309 million.


Role of the CCET and FCB Dean

Reporting to the provost and vice president of academic affairs, the dean will serve as the chief administrative and academic officer of the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology and the Foster College of Business. The dean is responsible for:

  • Leading and supporting strategic planning efforts – between and within the colleges – that align with the goals of the university and advance the colleges.
  • Providing leadership and vision for new and continuing academic programs that drive enrollment growth, support Bradley's concept of convergence, and explore opportunities in online and hybrid formats.
  • Serving as a strong advocate for both colleges, both internally and externally.
  • Promoting and effectively communicating the goals and accomplishments of the colleges to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Embracing and advancing diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty and staff.
  • Establishing and maintaining academic excellence and experiential learning opportunities that attract outstanding students and results in exceptional career outcomes for graduates.
  • Overseeing the recruitment, retention and development of faculty and staff.
  • Developing sound college-level enrollment management and development plans.
  • Promoting and supporting a culture of shared governance.
  • Managing the college’s budgets and effectively aligning resources with priorities and strategic initiatives.
  • Ensuring the academic programs in both colleges maintain their accreditations.
  • Engaging external stakeholders in the work of the colleges, including working closely with the Office of Advancement in raising funds to advance the vision and goals of the colleges.
  • Fostering a true sense of community within each college and between the two colleges.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

The next dean should have the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • A terminal degree and an academic record suitable for appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the colleges’ departments is preferred. However, non-academic candidates with significant leadership experience in an appropriate professional field and values that align with the mission of the university may also be considered.
  • Experience working with a broad set of stakeholders to establish a collective vision and demonstrated success implementing that vision, including a record of successful change management.
  • A multidisciplinary, forward-thinking and strategic approach to building academic programs that attract students and meet student needs (including online offerings) and envisioning experiential learning opportunities that prepare students for successful careers.
  • Experience in budgeting, planning, personnel, promotion and tenure review, program reviews, and specialized accreditation processes.
  • A demonstrated record of building effective teams and empowering administrators, faculty and staff to contribute to the achievement of stated goals and objectives, as well as an understanding of and commitment to shared governance.
  • Experience supporting faculty in their teaching and research and supporting both faculty and staff in their professional development.
  • A successful record of developing effective partnerships and working relationships with industry partners and the external community, including skills and experiences that would translate into fundraising work.
  • A demonstrated record of success in enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • A commitment to serve as a strong advocate for the variety of disciplines in both colleges.
  • Adept at coalition building.
  • A history of being an innovative, approachable and visible individual with emotional intelligence and an uncompromising work ethic.
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and public communication skills, as well as active listening skills.
  • The highest levels of integrity as well as an ethical and transparent approach to leadership.

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Procedure for Candidacy

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Bradley University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 16, 2021. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford and Jeff Compher at