Zicklin School of Business

Leadership Profile

Bernard M. Baruch College (Baruch) of The City University of New York (CUNY), renowned for its diverse student body, academic excellence, and exceptional post-graduate employment outcomes, invites nominations and applications for an entrepreneurial and visionary leader to serve as the next Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business (Zicklin).

Located in Manhattan’s vibrant NoMad/Gramercy neighborhood and convenient to global business markets, Baruch College has been developing business leaders for over a century. One of the country’s top-performing colleges for its role as a catalyst for students to move up the academic and economic ladder and regarded as a crown jewel of the CUNY system, Baruch has carried on a rich tradition of academic excellence, accessibility, and upward mobility for students from every corner of the New York metropolitan region and around the world. In this academic year alone, Baruch earned accolades by The Princeton Review as the #1 public college in the Northeast for value, was #1 on CollegeNET’s Social Mobility Index for the seventh consecutive year, secured the #2 spot for value among nearly 800 public and private colleges and universities across the country, according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, was #2 in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for your Buck” list for the Northeast and U.S. News & World Report ranked Baruch #3 for least debt among regional universities in the north.

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Zicklin School of Business is committed to delivering relevant, affordable, academically rigorous business education that is world class in quality and reputation and worldwide in its impact. In 2023, The Zicklin School of Business has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the # 1 Full-Time MBA Program in New York City among public institutions, # 1 Part-Time MBA Program, and # 1 Accounting MBA Program in New York City & New York State among public institutions.

Reporting to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Zicklin School of Business and is responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial direction of the School. The dean will oversee fiscal management of Zicklin’s $51 million base operating budget and have administrative oversight of its community of almost 200 full time tenure-track faculty, over 200 adjunct faculty – many drawn from NYC’s vibrant business community – 50 staff, more than 11,600 undergraduate students, and over 2,700 graduate students.

This is a unique opportunity for an innovative leader who thrives in a dynamic and collaborative environment. With the launch of a new strategic plan in 2023, a relatively new president and provost, a cohort of new dean colleagues, and an infusion of new faculty at the College, the incoming dean will have the opportunity to establish and enact an ambitious and forward-thinking vision for the School, provide innovative leadership to promote outstanding research and teaching, build partnerships with alumni and business leaders that will enhance student learning and career outcomes while bringing significant new resources that position Zicklin for the next level of excellence and a sustainable future.

The incoming dean will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, an inclusive mindset, an earned doctorate degree or equivalent, and a demonstrated record of leadership success in a diverse multicultural environment. The successful candidate will have the research, scholarship, or professional experience that would support an appointment to the rank of full professor. Exceptional leadership, communication and execution skills are essential for success, as are financial acumen, the ability to foster a culture of mutual trust and respect, and a record of impact along multiple dimensions of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. The ability and vision to empower faculty to be productive scholars and teachers and to promote specialized and interdisciplinary research strength among disciplines and across schools, and a firm understanding of emerging needs and trends in business school education to advance strategic priorities, will be distinguishing characteristics.

WittKieffer is assisting Baruch College in this search. A comprehensive leadership profile can be found here. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by December 12, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Robin Mamlet, Sarah Palmer and Natalie Song at BaruchBusinessDean@wittkieffer.com.

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among its protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.