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‌Welcome to the College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA). It’s no secret you have many options where you might pursue your undergraduate or graduate business education. So, why Drake? What makes us the place to develop your future?

First, our faculty’s combined business and teaching experience sets us apart from other universities—and you’ll actually be taught by professors, not teaching assistants. With 48 full-time faculty members and 20 staff members, we work hard to maintain a “real-world,” applications-based teaching environment in accordance with our mission—bringing the classroom into the world and the world into the classroom. We do this by giving students the opportunity to work with actual clients on legitimate business matters, bringing in business leaders on a regular basis to work with students, and in many other ways.

Drake’s ideal location in the state capital of Des Moines means more opportunities for you as a student. The city is home to Fortune 500 companies, innovative agriculture businesses, leading insurance agencies, and a growing entrepreneurial scene. You’ll have myriad opportunities for internships, hands-on learning, and building extensive networks. Our strong relationships with local business leaders, as well as national and international executives and successful Drake alumni, will benefit you both during your time at Drake and into your professional life.

Our undergraduate students begin business coursework their freshman year, so they are exposed to the business curriculum, professors, and community leaders one to two years before students enrolled in other business programs. Our rigorous academic training emphasizes the development of advanced business acumen as well as communication, writing, and presentation skills. Classroom learning is enhanced by programs such as our Executive in Residence, J.W. Paquette Young Alumni Career Series, Centers & Institutes, as well as career fairs and internship opportunities offered through our Professional and Career Development Center. All of these experiences put Drake students ahead of the competition come graduation; in fact, more than 99 percent of our 2017 graduates were employed or pursuing higher education within six months of commencement.

The CBPA also offers four graduate-level degrees that are enhanced by our relationships with leading executives, public officials, and nonprofit directors. Our M.B.A. program has been voted "Best of Des Moines" every year since 2007 in the annual Des Moines Business Record Reader's Poll. Certificate programs, tailored executive programs, and continuing professional education are offered through the Center for Professional Studies and the Kelley Continuing Education Programs.

Drake is leading the way in business education, and we are committed to helping our students develop leadership skills, values, and ethics important to the business climate today. Current initiatives in the CBPA are making a positive impact on our students and faculty, with many more enhancements to come in the future. We are always looking for ways to improve our students’ learning experience and to enhance the curriculum we offer.

Dean Search Job Description


Drake University seeks a proven academic leader with the skills, energy, and foresight to lead the College of Business and Public Administration, one of the Midwest’s most respected. Drake is a private, accredited university of approximately 5,000 students located in Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa.  The University is committed to the continued development of a diverse learning community integrating liberal arts and professional preparation through a broad range of educational programs and experiences.

The ideal candidate will join a community of dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and administrators who are committed to excellence in teaching and research, to the sustained growth of our graduate and undergraduate programs, and to ensuring that the University and College deliver on their missions as follows:

“Drake's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.”

”The College of Business and Public Administration prepares our learners for immediate and enduring success in an increasingly technological, data-driven, and global environment.  With a mix of academically and professionally qualified faculty, we connect theory and practice by bringing the world into the classroom and the classroom into the world. “ 

As its chief officer, the Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) is expected to provide visionary leadership in all areas of the College's operation including the quality and innovative design of its academic programs, engaged research, effective administration, and community outreach and fundraising. The CBPA has over 1,100 undergraduate students and offers the Bachelors of Science in Business Administration degree in accounting, actuarial science, data analytics, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information systems, international business, management, and marketing.  Part-time programs for graduate students enroll more than 300 students pursuing the Master in Financial Management, Master in Accounting, Master in Business Administration, or Master in Public Administration degree.  The College has 53 full-time faculty in 6 departments.

The University has an institution-wide commitment to student success and community engagement. Drake is able to leverage the advantages of its location at the heart of the Des Moines metropolitan area, regularly recognized as a top region in which to live, raise a family, continue a career, or launch a company. There is new fervor at the University with developments such as the Harkin Institute for Public Policy, our unique take on STEM (science, technology, education and mathematics), and a renewed focus on recruiting a diverse workforce and student body in a welcoming and supportive campus environment.

As part of the University leadership team, the Dean will work collaboratively with the leaders of the other constituent colleges/schools on such initiatives. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean advocates for the CBPA’s ambitions and vision in the context of the University's strategic plan and institutional goals, and administers the affairs and operations of the College. This position also has significant responsibilities towards strengthening external relationships to engage regional business, non-profit, and government stakeholders to enhance the CBPA’s impact in the local region.


Minimum qualifications required:

The University seeks to appoint a Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration with the following qualifications:

•              A terminal degree in one of the areas of business taught by the College, or in a related field, is preferred, with a record commensurate with the rank of tenured full professor in the CBPA.  Consideration will be given to candidates without these academic credentials if they possess exceptional accomplishments and leadership skills within their profession.

•              Demonstrated record of successful fundraising from outside donors, including business and alumni.

•              Clear vision for the future of practice, education and research in the College’s programs and a commitment to integrating that vision with the liberal education of undergraduate and professional students.

•              Collaborative style of leadership as demonstrated by consensus building and achievements with groups and agencies across disciplines.

•              Ability to support and develop scholarly initiatives commensurate with the vision of AACSB.

•              Ability to establish a network of alumni, donors, board members, and the professional and local community to facilitate program development, recruiting, and fundraising.

•              Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the recruitment, retention, and success of faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds. 

•              Administrative and budgetary experience at the level of department chair, Associate Dean, Dean, or equivalent experience in student achievement and building community.

To apply, please respond to the above qualifications by providing a detailed letter describing relevant experiences.  Please also include a current CV/Resume, and names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five professional references. Materials should be submitted on-line to

Questions regarding the position should be directed to:

Allen Zagoren DO, MPA, FACOS, FACN CBPA Dean Search Committee Chair at

To be assured full consideration, applications must be received by November 30, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.

More information about the dean search, the College and Drake University can be found at

Drake University is an equal-opportunity employer, and actively seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status.