Harris Search Associates selected to lead the University of South Florida Muma College of Business Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy Director search

The Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida (USF) has selected Harris Search Associates to lead the search for its next Director. The Director will work to advance the mission and strategic priorities of the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy and the Muma College of Business.  He/she is expected to work closely with the business community, advance student success initiatives, advance the research of faculty members, increase the size of the programs, raise resources that can further the mission and strategic priorities, and be able to teach at the master’s, undergraduate, and/or doctoral level. 


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The Muma College of Business is one of the largest colleges within USF, boasting one of America's best accounting schools - the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy - a top-ranked entrepreneurship center, a nationally ranked MBA program, world-class research faculty, and a comprehensive portfolio of business-education programs.

Ranked in the top 15 accounting programs in the "large programs," category, the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy is dedicated to student success and research leadership, with a focused mission to create intellectual capital and produce graduates who are not only ready for today's workplace, but who are also trained to be forerunners in tomorrow's workforce.

The Director of the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy will combine an exceptional array of skills and abilities with the vision, initiative, passion, and energy to make a decisive impact and capitalize on a superb career-advancing opportunity. Progression of professional as well as academic experience, verifiable accomplishments in the accounting profession, and strong interpersonal and communications skills will distinguish the winning professional appointed as Director. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

USF seeks an energetic and dynamic individual to ensure a relevant, rigorous, and meaningful 21st Century educational experience for students within the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy. The ideal candidate will bring skill sets and experience to work closely with the business community, forging cooperative partnerships with alumni and professional constituencies; advance student success initiatives and facilitate the professional development and placement of accounting graduates; promote excellence in teaching and advance the capabilities and scope of faculty research; increase the size of the programs; actively pursue fundraising and raise resources that can further the mission and strategic priorities; and proven capability to teach at the master's, undergraduate, and/or doctoral level.

This is a visible key-to-the-mission leadership role with broad autonomy and strong support in a truly strategic function where pivotal decisions made well will impact a fine institution prepared to recognize and reward success. The Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy is successful, students are being placed into the workforce, internships are being offered, and there exists a significant network of loyal alumni to reach out to for funding and support. Enjoy the autonomy to bring your best ideas and advance the ideal model within a fun and professional environment where you will be listened to, heard and affirmed.

Required qualifications include a PhD in Accountancy, or in Business with an Accountancy concentration from an AACSB accredited program; and/or a Master’s degree from an AACSB accredited program along with extensive corporate level experience in Accountancy; and administrative or leadership experience; and proven ability to engage with the accounting profession and the business community. Preferred Qualifications include: a proven research record that would meet tenure and promotion requirements for full professor status; a proven ability to fundraise; evidence of outstanding teaching and experience teaching graduate level courses; evidence of the ability to produce ongoing research commensurate with experience; evidence of service in faculty governance and/or people development, student success initiatives, and community engagement; experience with the AACSB accreditation process for a separately accredited accounting program.

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. Serving over 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion.  Located in beautiful Tampa Bay on Florida's spectacular west coast, it is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. 

Harris Search Associates - an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 50 offices in 35 countries worldwide.  Our practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine and commercial enterprises. Clients include the foremost universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers, hospitals, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery.

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