Richard E. Garman Dean of the College of Engineering

Job no: 496878
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs

Bucknell University seeks an accomplished academic and outstanding administrative leader to serve as its next Richard E. Garman Dean of the College of Engineering (COE). As chief academic and administrative officer of the College, the Dean is responsible for the budget and curriculum, and for leading an engineering faculty dedicated to teaching excellence and a sustained engagement in scholarship. The University is seeking a visionary, collaborative, and experienced decision-maker eager to join an already outstanding undergraduate academic environment, who will take the lead in elevating the College of Engineering to its next level of excellence.

Bucknell University is a highly selective, privately endowed, unique national university where liberal arts and professional programs complement each other in three colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Freeman College of Management. Bucknell offers baccalaureate degree programs to approximately 3,700 undergraduates and master's degree programs to 30 students. Bucknell has taken its place among the nation’s elite academic institutions, but the University strives to do more. The Dean will leverage opportunities offered by the College of Engineering’s distinct academic offerings and high-quality educational experience to further its goals and lead it into the future.   

The Dean will arrive at a time of clear expectations and excitement for the future with new University and College strategic plans, an outstanding student-focused faculty, committed staff, eager students, and an opportunity to manage change and leave a lasting imprint on the College. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean leads all academic, administrative, and budgetary aspects of the College of Engineering. The Dean works closely and collaboratively with the President and the Operations & Management Group (OMG) to manage Bucknell's resources and achieve its academic and institutional goals.

The successful candidate will present superb academic credentials and experience that easily qualify for appointment as a full professor with tenure at the College of Engineering. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to academic excellence and academic judgment; a deep commitment to diversity in all its forms; an ability to articulate persuasively a compelling vision for the future of undergraduate engineering education at the College; a demonstrated track record of interdisciplinary thinking; strategic, visionary, and entrepreneurial leadership; an ability to champion the benefits of a combined engineering and liberal arts education; a passion for serving at a student-focused and largely undergraduate institution; and eloquent and enthusiastic outreach and communication. 

The University has retained the firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this important search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications in strict confidence to:

Jackie Mildner, Partner

Dan Rodas, Partner

Gregg Glover, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


Bucknell University values a diverse college community and is committed to excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. Bucknell University is an equal opportunity employer.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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