Dean, School of Professional Studies

City University of New York - New York, New York - Full time

The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY) invite nominations and applications for the role of dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS).

The next dean will have the unique opportunity to shape a distinctive identity for the School of Professional Studies, leveraging the school’s unique mission, history and position in the CUNY system to enhance its impact and reach.

A senior college in the City University of New York system, CUNY SPS offers a broad range of online and on-campus degrees and workplace learning programs for working adults. Committed to academic excellence, the school’s rigorous, top-rated programs have earned SPS a ranking in the top 2% on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

As CUNY’s leader in online education for more than 15 years, SPS is committed to innovation and accessibility. SPS programs stand at the forefront of rapidly changing disciplines, and faculty are both leaders in their fields and 21st-century professional practitioners renowned for online teaching.

SPS’ online offerings are flexible and customizable, allowing students to balance work and family responsibilities with their educational goals. Through this spirit and vision, the school has emerged as an incubator for student talent and success. With the help of dedicated faculty and staff, SPS students are afforded the time, resources and support needed to explore their passions, learn new ideas and discover their capabilities.

The next dean of CUNY SPS must be a collaborative leader with a distinguished record of accomplishment in adult education, professional studies and online education. The dean must possess highly sophisticated operational capabilities and exceptional relationship management skills, and will be expected to enhance, model and ensure a commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion across the school community. For more information, download the comprehensive leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting CUNY in this recruitment. Review of candidates will begin in March 2022, with first-round candidate interviews scheduled to commence in April. Application materials should include a letter of interest addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements and a current CV. CUNY strongly encourages applications by March 1.

Application materials can be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Philip Tang and Natalie Song at

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

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