Lessons for Aspiring Deans

June 8-9, 2020 | Tampa, Florida, USA

Lessons for Aspiring Deans

June 8–9, 2020 | Tampa, Florida, USA – CANCELED 

AACSB is committed to providing a safe environment for event attendees, volunteers, members, and staff globally. In response to COVID-19, and to protect the health of all involved, the Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar in Tampa has been canceled. 

The role of a business school dean can be both challenging and rewarding. Before embarking on your professional journey, you will have many unanswered questions that need to be answered prior to developing the most efficient strategy.

The Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar clearly describes what a deanship entails, from the rewards to the not so obvious challenges, and how to select the most complementary school environment for your skill set.

You will learn the most effective interviewing tips and strategies from facilitators who have successfully gone through the process and know what qualities are considered important for a dean candidate. Experienced deans will give an insider view of what to expect, how to avoid being overwhelmed by the diverse duties, and what is critical in the first 90 days as a new dean.

This unique, interactive seminar will provide you with the necessary tools to navigate the career search process, achieve success, and thrive in your new role.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what a deanship entails, including rewards and challenges
  • Identify important skills necessary for ideal candidates and how to present them in a compelling manner
  • Learn how to compare schools and ask the best questions to ensure the school is the right fit for you
  • Acquire the necessary tools to navigate the entire process from career search to negotiating a mutually beneficial contract

Who Should Attend

Faculty, department chairs, associate and assistant deans, business professionals, and those who aspire to be dean of the business school.


"The content was excellent, relevant, and extremely helpful. I would recommend this seminar to anyone thinking about being a dean."

— Wendy Boland, Associate Dean, Kogod School of Business, American University

"Attending the AACSB Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar was a transformative experience for me, as it provided me with a balanced and realistic perspective of the challenges and opportunities inherent in the Dean's job in an AACSB-accredited business school. The facilitators, Lynne Richardson and Craig McAllaster, shared their rich and varied experiences as deans in various institutions. The hands-on practical tips and the reading materials were very useful. Attending the seminar helped me to get two dean position offers from AACSB-accredited schools."

— Avinandan Mukherjee, Dean, College of Business, Clayton State University

"This was the very best seminar with AACSB I have ever attended."

— Leslie K. Wilson, Dean, College of Business Administration, University of Northern Iowa

Contact Us

For more information, please contact events@aacsb.edu.