Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

University of Virginia in Virginia

Date Posted August 25, 2014


The University of Virginia invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). As head of this diverse and intellectually rich enterprise, the dean must be an inspiring leader, a strategic thinker, an effective manager able to envision and drive change, a recruiter and developer of talent, and a tireless advocate for the School. The next dean must be qualified to lead accomplished researchers and innovative educators. The successful candidate must also be a passionate champion of the importance of and the immense contributions of engineering to the world.

Founded in 1836, SEAS is the third oldest engineering school in a public university in the U.S. today. SEAS offers 10 undergraduate degree programs and 10 graduate degree programs. It has more than 2550 undergraduates (33% female) and more than 550 graduates students (24% female and 10% under-represented minorities). The School has nine departments: biomedical; chemical; civil and environmental; computer science; electrical and computer; engineering and society; materials; mechanical and aerospace; and systems and information. SEAS is home to 38 laboratories, consortia, and centers focused on innovative research and housed in 166,000 square feet of research laboratory space. Further information about the school and the search can be found at

The University of Virginia was conceived as a font of education that is necessary for societal leadership and the preservation of liberty. It has a total budget of $2.59B, an endowment of $5.3B, and approximately $327M in sponsored research funding. In 2014, as in many past years, it was ranked as the nation's #2 public university. 

The Dean will be expected to formulate and build consensus for an inspiring vision; continue to recruit, build, and support a distinguished faculty; advance the quality of both education and research programs; manage the resources of the School effectively; and implement a strong fundraising strategy to increase the School's endowment. Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the successful candidate for this position will be a collaborative member of the University leadership team, and will have a commitment to shared governance.

Interested candidates should have a track record of leadership accomplishment, with a distinguished record that qualifies the candidate to lead bold researchers and innovative educators, and credentials appropriate for appointment to the rank of full professor with tenure. He or she must have a proven ability to form effective and collaborative research partnerships with industry, government agencies, and foundations to attract and sustain high levels of competitive research funding.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form, a curriculum vitae or resume and a bullet point summary of accomplishments in leadership roles, plus any supporting materials that they deem relevant to:

Ilene H. Nagel, Ph.D.
Consultant to the Search Committee Leader, Higher Education Practice
Russell Reynolds Associates

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Mirah A. Horowitz
Consultant to the Search Committee Associate, Higher Education Practice Russell Reynolds Associates

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