Washington University in St. Louis - Dean of University College

February 24, 2021


Washington University in St. Louis, a leading national research university, invites nominations and applications for the role of Dean of University College. This reconceived position will complete the design, oversee the launch, and establish the excellence of transformative initiative in community-oriented, career-focused education that will be a central component of the University’s expanding commitment to St. Louis.


This re-designed University College will be a new, stand-alone school of the University. It will be re-named and will operate on a substantially different financial footing from the historical model that “U College” has maintained. It will fill several critical areas in the University’s professional advancement and continuing education offerings (starting with health, data, and management/administration) while also serving as a marketing hub for all professional learning on the Danforth Campus. The new University College will address the challenges and needs of people of color, women, and others who historically have had limited access to higher education. Its commitment to serving these communities will require changes to campus culture and procedures, as well as careful attention to building trust in communities throughout St. Louis and beyond.

Washington University seeks a leader for University College who brings the vision and leadership qualities to articulate a strategic view of community education and engagement and to build a set of academic offerings – degree and non-degree; in-person, online, and hybrid – that are relevant, attractive, and affordable to residents of the St. Louis region who see the potentially transformative impact that education at WashU might have on their life experiences, their intellectual growth, their ongoing educational and career opportunities, and the different economic trajectories they and family members may create through such education. The University College dean will lead through a combination of vision, organizational competence, communication skill, empathy and integrity, conviction about the important, transformative purpose of University College, and the ability to engage individuals and communities in advancing that purpose.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information. The University has retained Opus Partners to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Chris Stadler, Associate, are leading the search. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to craig.smith@opuspartners.net and chris.stadler@opuspartners.net. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should go to the same addresses.