Anthem Executive has been named to conduct the search for the next Dean, College of Arts and Sciences for Texas Tech University.

NATIONAL SEARCH… Dean, College of Arts & Sciences for Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University invites nominations, and inquiries for the role of Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.  The Dean serves as the Chief Academic Officer responsible for executive management of the College of Arts & Sciences and its full range of programs and initiatives. The Dean will be responsible for providing transformative leadership, focus, and strategic vision to lead the College and develop innovative ways to enhance its service to the region, the state, and the world.

College of Arts & Sciences

The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges and includes departments or programs in: Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, Economics, English, Environmental Toxicology, Geosciences, History, Interdisciplinary & General Studies, Kinesiology & Sport Management, Mathematics & Statistics, Philosophy, Physics & Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, and Wind Energy. The college is home to a record enrollment of more than 11,000 students, making it the largest college on the Texas Tech campus. Students within Arts & Sciences can select from 42 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degree programs, and 14 doctoral programs. Nationally acclaimed faculty have a global impact across a vast array of fields and almost $11 million in Restricted Research Expenditures.

Position Description/Search Prospectus

The Dean, who reports directly to the Provost, is the chief executive officer and oversees all matters related to the College. The Dean will provide the leadership and vision needed for the College to excel and advance TTU’s teaching, research, and service missions.

The Dean will be a dynamic leader with impeccable integrity and a proven record of successful leadership, orchestrating well-planned development and growth in undergraduate and graduate programs, increased student enrollment, and elevation of the academic profile of students. The Dean will maintain and grow research and other creative endeavors, with an emphasis on building equitable research infrastructure across the College. The Dean will also bring a record of accomplishments in garnering financial support with strong fiscal management skills. The Dean will demonstrate a collaborative, transparent leadership style that fosters shared governance and will possess a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research, student success, and diversifying faculty. Key Selection Criteria include:

  • PhD. and tenurable at the rank of professor in one of the departments of the College with a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and securing external research support
  • Record of and vision for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Successful previous leadership/managerial experience
  • Strong communicator and collaborator (with/to internal, external, peer, and higher administration constituencies)
  • Skill at fundraising/revenue optimization
  • Proficiency in budgets/analytics
  • Record of innovation and creativity
  • Record of respecting shared governance and commitment to academic freedom
  • Commitment to a student-centered university
  • Commitment to global/international engagement
  • Vision for advancing the reputation of the College
  • Vision for advancing the infrastructure of the College.

To Express Interest

To express interest, please submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Letters of interest and nominations should be submitted by August 3, 2021 in order to assure consideration.

Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and DOES NOT make one an applicant for the position.

Materials are to be submitted via email to:

It is important that interested parties follow the steps outlined above in order to be given consideration.

To officially apply for the position, go to the TTU job site here:


Nominations and letters of nomination should also be submitted to and should include the name and contact information of the nominee. All nominations will be handled in confidence.


For those entering and following through the process directly with Anthem Executive – Letters of interest will remain confidential.  Once an interested party advances to applicant status, applications will remain confidential until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public (after the respective candidate(s) accepts the offer to become a finalist).

About Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University was created by legislative action in 1923 and has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas. The university is the major institution of higher education in a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states.  Committed to teaching and the advancement of knowledge, Texas Tech University, a comprehensive public research university, provides the highest standards of excellence in higher education, fosters intellectual and personal development, and stimulates meaningful research and service to humankind. It ranks at the highest level of Carnegie-classified (R1: Very High Research Activity) doctoral granting universities, one of 131 U.S. institutions with this designation. Texas Tech’s campus covers 1,869 acres and is comprised of 10 colleges, a graduate school, a law school, and a new School of Veterinary Medicine located in Amarillo, Texas.

Even with an enrollment of more than 40,000 and a budget exceeding $1 billion, the University prides itself on the ability of students to engage with some of the most inventive, innovative, and creative faculty in the nation. The University strives to foster an environment that celebrates student accomplishment. Texas Tech provides the best in facilities and academics, and places a strong emphasis on student success.

TTU offers over 150 undergraduate, over 100 master’s, and 50 doctoral degree programs. Texas Tech has experienced sustained state support for program enhancement over the past two years, with the creation of a new School of Veterinary Medicine and the construction of a new 80,000 square foot research facility.

Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees and certificates. SACSCOC reaffirmed the University’s accreditation for 10 years in 2015. Numerous departments or programs also hold accreditation from professional associations, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, American Bar Association, American Psychological Association, Association of American Law Schools, Engineering and Technology Accreditation Commissions of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, National Architectural Accrediting Board, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Music, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the Texas Education Agency, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre and Dance.

TTU has also earned the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, recognizing collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. TTU research expenditures set a record, exceeding $192 million in 2020, while awards from federal agencies set an all-time institutional record in the same year.

In Fall 2019, Texas Tech was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), making it one of only 16 HSIs that are also Carnegie Research 1 institutions. Texas Tech also recently received a ninth consecutive Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, and this fall earned a five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmark for measuring progress in creating an inclusive campus learning environment for LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff. Texas Tech University was also ranked in the top 10 (#9) in an APLU-sponsored poll of corporate recruiters nationwide as the school whose graduates were the best-trained, educated, and able to succeed once hired.

Texas Tech’s 17 intercollegiate athletics programs compete in the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders programs have enjoyed strong runs in the postseason in recent years, including a men’s outdoor track and field NCAA National Championship in 2019 and the school’s first NCAA Final Four appearance in men’s basketball that same year. The baseball team has competed in four NCAA College World Series since 2014. The women’s basketball program won the institution’s first NCAA National Championship in 1993 and the women’s soccer team is consistently ranked among the top programs in the country.


TTU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. The university actively encourages applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The university does not discriminate based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran. Texas Tech welcomes consideration of dual career and professional couple accommodations.