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Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Willamette University, a private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon, with a satellite campus in the heart of Portland, Oregon, seeks a
strategic, entrepreneurial leader to become Dean of the George H. Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM). The Dean will lead the
School at a critical time and develop and execute a strategy to strengthen its competitive position and ensure its long-term academic and
financial success.

The Dean will reinforce the School”s strategy and programs that focus on rigorous academics, experiential and consequential learning,
entrepreneurial thinking, and the intersection of for-profit, not-for-profit, and public management. As well, the Dean will use the school’s
distinctions and unique location in the Pacific Northwest to cultivate the alumni and donor support necessary for future success.

Established in 1975, AGSM currently enrolls approximately 260 students in professional and full-time MBA programs and offers certificate
programs through the Executive Development Center (EDC). The School is a tightly knit community of 18 tenure/tenure-track faculty members
and an administrative team committed to delivering AGSM’s mission and serving student goals through high quality academics, applied
learning, individualized career programming and abundant leadership opportunities.

The successful candidate will be an innovative leader with the intellectual and managerial skills to position AGSM as a hub that connects
the most talented management students in the region with the best employers in the Northwest. The Dean should demonstrate a reputation for
integrity and visionary leadership and a proven track record of success as an entrepreneur and innovator in an academic setting or in one of
the sectors AGSM serves. The role requires the ability to serve as the public face of the School and tell a compelling story to AGSM’s many
audiences. The Dean will be an accessible leader with the ability to create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates
differences. Proven budgetary and financial management skills and experience developing successful marketing and branding strategies are
also a priority. A PhD is preferred but not required.

Willamette University was founded in 1842 as the first university established in the western United States. The university is located in
close proximity to the region’s many economic, cultural and recreational opportunities – and these resources enhance Willamette’s learning
environment. The University enrolls 2,600 students in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), College of Law, and AGSM. Willamette is recognized
nationally for its emphasis on providing students with a challenging and engaging learning experience with a strong emphasis on
sustainability and civic engagement.

For more information about Willamette University, the Atkinson School, and its programs, please visit:

Willamette University has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with the search. Please direct all
inquiries, nominations, and application materials (including CV and letter of interest) in confidence to:

Gale Merseth and Sarah Herman
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Electronic submissions are strongly

Willamette University is a diverse community that provides equal opportunity in employment, activities, and its academic programs. The
University shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or
perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status with regard to pregnancy, disability or age.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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