Minnesota State University, Mankato is a place where big ideas become real-world solutions that have a positive impact in our state, the region and the global community. As the University works to realize its ever-growing potential, it seeks an experienced, collaborative and forward-thinking leader to serve as the next Dean for the College of Allied Health and Nursing.

The College of Allied Health and Nursing is a diverse and thriving learning community committed to preparing tomorrow’s leaders through state-of-the art skills, critical thinking, ethical decision making, cultural competence and lifelong leadership development. The College includes seven academic departments and one school: Dental Hygiene; Family Consumer Science; Health Science; Social Work; Human Performance; Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services; Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services; and the School of Nursing. These programs offer a number of academic majors/minors and bachelor’s degree completion programs. Post-baccalaureate work, leading to a master’s degree, is available in many of the programs, along with an applied doctoral program in the School of Nursing. In addition, the college coordinates pre-professional programs in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Many of the programs within the College of Allied Health and Nursing are accredited by national and/or state agencies.

The Dean of the College of Allied Health and Nursing will provide innovative, equity-focused and creative leadership to fulfill the vision of the College. The Dean serves as the chief administrative and executive officer for the College and reports directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The successful candidate will possess an earned Ph.D., Ed.D. or other doctoral degree in a discipline appropriate for the College. They will also demonstrate a combination of higher education administration experience (with increasing levels of responsibility at the level of department chair or higher) and faculty experience (commensurate with tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor or professor in any discipline) with a track record of successful experience and accomplishments in teaching excellence and innovation and research/scholarly/creative endeavors.

Minnesota State Mankato is a key driver of the region and state’s economy. The University offers more than 130 undergraduate areas of study, 90 graduate programs including master’s, specialist and doctoral programs and welcomes students from all over the globe. The University boasts a strong foundation and is situated in a thriving community.


Minnesota State Mankato is the largest institution within the Minnesota State system. The Minnesota State system has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university and to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. The full Minnesota State Equity 2030 plan is available here.

WittKieffer is assisting Minnesota State University, Mankato in this search.


All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile at wittkieffer.com. Professional references are not requested at this time. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 31, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Amy Crutchfield and Bree Liddell


Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-267-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This announcement is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity university and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.