Vice Provost and Founding Dean Position

For the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at S&T

A new kind of leader for a new kind of College. Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), one of the nation’s top technological research universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost and Founding Dean of the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. 

Position Description

The Vice Provost and Founding Dean of the Kummer College will develop an inspirational vision, key strategies, and ambitious goals that will establish the College as a global leader in translational and transformational education and research. The Dean will create an ecosystem of innovation at the nexus of technology and business that yields real-world applications and solutions to drive economic development at regional, statewide, national, and global scales. The Dean will facilitate effective and productive collaborations across disciplines, particularly with the strong STEM base at Missouri S&T, that creatively engage key industry, government, and academic partners. The Dean will work with the university community and external partners to link fundamental and applied research that leverages systems thinking and advanced prototype development.

The Dean will have an unwavering commitment to organizational excellence through respectful and inclusive communication and processes; prioritizing the academic, professional, and personal development of students, staff, and faculty; conflict resolution through creativity, cooperation, and teamwork; responsible management of the College’s finances, personnel, and physical assets; and engagement of faculty and University Advancement to grow and diversify revenue streams into the College.

Key attributes of the Founding Dean include:

  • Keen judgment to make timely, effective decisions and implement solutions that effectively address problems and are developed with creativity, stakeholder input, and a nuanced understanding of complex issues.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and project-centered implementation skills that can propel the College toward long-term goals.Bold leadership through change, including connecting the dots of opportunity and continually reinventing and reconfiguring the College’s assets and people to meet demand and to innovate.
  • Resource management that drives measurable results, with a commitment to seizing entrepreneurial opportunity and demonstrating accountability.
  • Savvy global perspective that allows the College and Institute to adapt and thrive amid constantly changing global factors.
  • Sound operational skills anchored by a situational awareness of various functional domains within the College, the Institute and the University.
  • Relational approach to leadership that inspires trust, motivates top performance, and creates results that are greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Political acuity that undergirds diplomacy and negotiation skills and results in deft management of diverse and competing agendas and personalities.
  • Unwavering commitment to work effectively with, and leverage the strength of, people who differ in race, age, gender and other important background traits, including effective recruitment and hiring of diverse candidates.
  • Finely tuned communication skills that persuade and influence diverse audiences on vital matters, including strategies, concepts, decisions, activities and outcomes.
  • Deep understanding of the human dimension within every decision, especially those decisions most easily reached from a data-informed perspective.
  • Manifest commitment to self-reflection, acceptance of critical feedback and resultant change to create improvement in self and organization.
  • Firm understanding and strong adherence to the university’s values of lifelong success, creativity, integrity, sustainability, partnerships, and inclusion.


  • An earned doctoral degree from an accredited university.
  • Academic credentials in a science, technology, or business field appropriate for appointment as tenured full professor within the College.
  • A record of at least 8 years of outstanding administrative and leadership success in academic, corporate, or research organizations.

Apply or Nominate

Position Reference: 35334

Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, applicant material should be provided by April 30, 2021.

Apply or Nominate

Application Process

Interested candidates should electronically submit their application materials, consisting of:

  • A cover letter describing a vision for the position
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A leadership statement
  • Complete contact information for at least four references

Acceptable electronic formats are PDF and MS Word.

Missouri S&T is an AA/EEO employer and participates in E-Verify.

About the Kummer College

The Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development is a new College for innovation-minded students. The Kummer College encompasses technology-focused graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates, and professional micro-credentials in areas crucial to the future of technology-driven workplaces. Some degree programs currently exist, including Business and Management Systems, Engineering Management, Information Science and Technology, and Economics. Robust graduate certificates such as Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation; AI, Machine Learning, and Automation in Business; Financial Technology; and Management and Leadership currently prepare students for leadership roles in fast-changing tech industries. Innovative new degrees and emphasis areas will be developed in alignment with the vision of the donors, the founding dean, and the faculty of the Kummer College.

About the Kummer Institute

The Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development was established in October 2020 through a gift of $300 million from June and Fred Kummer, longtime benefactors of Missouri University of Science and Technology. The Institute will transform Missouri S&T by cultivating leadership and technological innovation; nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset; fostering expansion of academic-industry partnerships to directly address emerging needs of industry; and creating economic growth for the region. The Center for Resource Sustainability is one of four research centers made possible through the Kummers’ transformative gift. These research centers will elevate Missouri S&T’s national reputation, position Missouri S&T as a leader in their respective fields, and leverage, build and grow academic-industry-government partnerships to lead the economic transformation of the region, state and nation.

About Missouri S&T

Founded in 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy and later known as the University of Missouri-Rolla, Missouri S&T is celebrating its 150-year anniversary during the 2020-21 academic year. A U.S. News & World Report top-100 public national university, Missouri S&T’s rigorous, student-centered, applied education is offered to over 7,600 students, including over 1,550 master’s and Ph.D. students. Known for its engineering, computing and science programs, S&T offers 99 degrees in 40 fields of study, including business and information technology, education, and the humanities and liberal arts.

With the creation of the Kummer Institute and the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Missouri S&T is increasing its degree offerings and fields of study to expand on its base of academic excellence. Renowned for offering an outstanding return on investment to its students, with average starting salaries and mid-career salaries that are among the highest in the nation, Missouri S&T also has a strong and growing research enterprise, with ever-increasing accolades to its 400 titled faculty members. Learn more at