This young and innovative college seeks a new Dean for the School of Business and Justice Studies. Founded in 1946 as a branch campus of Syracuse University, Utica College under the dynamic leadership of President Todd Hutton achieved full independence in 2011. President Hutton and Provost Judith Kirkpatrick have built an academic culture that rewards imagination, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Using Utica College’s state-of-the-art facilities, experienced practitioners and academic professionals are creating undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for professions in a rapidly-changing world. Traditional enrollment is solid, on-line programs and enrollment are expanding rapidly, and the College will add degree programs in nursing at four off-campus sites in 2013. With its rich diversity of offerings and delivery Utica College is a model for the comprehensive college of the 21st century.


Most of the professors in the School of Business and Justice Studies bring substantial practical experience to the classroom. The Economic Crime and Justice Building, pictured below, is home to cutting-edge programs in cyber security, cyber and economic crime, and identity management. The School of Business and Justice Studies also offers unusually strong undergraduate majors in construction management and public relations/journalism. The Dean’s most important challenge will be infusing all of the School’s programs with the same optimism and sense of excitement.

The Institution

The College’s 128-acre suburban campus, blending green space and attractive buildings, offers a retreat-like setting for on-campus students and faculty. Over 20,000 alumni, many holding important leadership posts, are a network for student placement and support. Utica College’s core values focus on individual attention to student learning, pragmatic approaches to teaching and learning, lifelong learning and diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.

The Opportunity

This is a key appointment for Utica College with significant potential for success. Competitive candidates will be leaders who can develop a shared vision and energize people to work together toward it. The new Dean will have a terminal degree (doctorate preferred) in one of the disciplines in the School. She or he will bring an understanding of the academic environment, including teaching, learning, research, and service, along with experience with on-line education. Substantial leadership experience, creativity, imagination, and a track record of achievement are essential.

utica-college-pic2Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies will join an exceptional group of imaginative, entrepreneurial leaders. He or she will need to lead within the School and contribute to the global advancement of Utica College, working with colleagues in the Provost’s team and others to strengthen existing and develop new programs and initiatives, particularly on line. Immediate issues include enrollment growth and accreditation for the business program and linking the School to off-campus constituencies, including alumni and professionals.

Cutting-edge facilities, several pictured in this Profile, underscore the College’s investment in the School of Business and Justice Studies. Students work directly with researchers and law enforcement professionals in the nationally-recognized Center for Identity Management and Identity Protection and the Economic Crime Institute. Programs in cyber security and cyber operations benefit from the nearby Air Force information-technology laboratory at Rome, New York. Students in Pubic Relations use the Raymond Simon Convergence utica-college-pic4Media Center, a high-definition production, editing, and broadcast facility named for the professor who founded UC’s Public Relations program, the first of its kind for undergraduates in the United States, and journalism students contribute stories to the New York Reporting Project at Utica College, which covers topics like the environment, energy, education, the economy, public health and politics. Construction management students use technology identical to what they will find in the field, and business students have access to an interactive trading room, shown below, with a stock ticker and market analysis software.

UC’s School of Business and Justice Studies houses four programs, each reporting to the Dean. Business and Economics includes undergraduate programs in accounting, economics and finance, management, and risk management/insurance. Justice Studies includes undergraduate programs in criminal justice, economic crime, and cyber security. Separate departments of construction management and public relations/journalism also report to the Dean. Graduate degrees are offered in Criminal Justice Administration, Cybersecurity Intelligence and Forensics, Economic Crime Management, Economic Crime and Fraud Management, and Professional Accountancy.

Facts About Utica College

  • utica-college-pic5Small classes – faculty-to-student ratio of 15:1
  • Integration of liberal and professional studies to educate students for rewarding careers
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 115 Best Regional Universities in the North
  • Occupational Therapy graduate program ranked in Top 100 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Study Abroad program with offerings in 9 unique locations around the world
  • Students from 26 states and 46 countries
  • More than 90% of UC students receive financial aid
  •  Over 70 registered student organizations
  • Surrounding community of Mohawk Valley, with a multicultural population of 300,000
  • Division III athletics program, with 25 varsity sports and 16 intramural sports

Nominations and Expressions of Interest

Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Utica College is committed to building a diverse college community and encourages members of under-represented groups to apply. Please send letters of interest and CVs in PDF format, or nominations to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For confidential inquiries prior to submitting documents, please contact:
Richard Pfau - cell (518) 878-5725 or Jon McRae - cell (404) 754-5189