Founding Dean of The Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 26, 2019
Sep 25, 2019
Full Time
Position Type
Academic/Teaching, Executive




“Education for the Mind, Heart and Spirit”

Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania invites nominations and applications for the position of Founding Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Under the leadership of President Kenneth G. Gormley and Provost David J. Dausey, Duquesne is excited to be establishing a College of Osteopathic Medicine, targeted to open and enroll its first class in the fall semester of 2023. The Founding Dean will have an extraordinary opportunity to build the academic enterprise and operational structure of the College, will be instrumental in working toward candidacy and ultimately accreditation as a College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is expected to begin her or his tenure in January 2020.

Duquesne offers a distinctive Catholic identity and Spiritan mission, nationally-recognized academic programs, a strong financial position, a beautiful urban campus, an entrepreneurial approach to new curricular and co- curricular development, a talented and committed community, a close connection to one of the most dynamic cities in the country, and an exceptional record of service to the world. Duquesne’s solid institutional foundation, coupled with its impressive momentum, characterize an outstanding leadership opportunity.

This private institution with a current total enrollment of approximately 9,300 students (about 6,000 undergraduate and 3,300 graduate and professional students) educates traditional and non-traditional students through small classes, innovative instruction, and rigorous coursework. Through its nine schools (McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Palumbo Donahue School of Business, Mary Pappert School of Music, School of Education, School of Nursing, Rangos School of Health Sciences, School of Law, and School of Pharmacy), the University offers degree programs at the baccalaureate, professional, master’s and doctoral levels while also supporting an ambitious research profile.

Duquesne is situated in the heart of Pittsburgh, a vibrant metropolitan region of 2.3 million people that has been recognized world-wide as home to extraordinary academic medical centers, hospital systems, and outstanding institutions of higher education. The campus is a short walk from downtown and only 30 minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport. For more information on Pittsburgh, please see and

The Founding Dean of the Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine will be appointed by President Gormley and report to Provost Dausey. She or he will have an opportunity to articulate a clear vision for the College while ensuring that it is consistent with Duquesne’s overall mission and strategic plan. The Founding Dean will build a quality program to meet The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation’s (COCA’s) accreditation standards, will identify and build distinctive attributes to position the College competitively, and will ensure the College is focused on service and excellence. The Founding Dean will be willing to take calculated risks while being anticipatory and proactive in identifying issues that may arise for the College as the medical education landscape evolves. The Founding Dean is expected to collaborate with the Office of University Advancement in raising funds for the College, and to support the University’s overarching goals articulated in its ambitious strategic plan.

Candidates must possess a strong understanding of the skills necessary for the practice of osteopathic medicine in an evolving profession, have an ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituents, and have the education, training and experience necessary to provide effective leadership in education, scholarly activity, and patient care. As required by COCA, the Founding Dean must hold an earned D.O. degree from a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine, an unrestricted medical license at some time in his/her career (free of disciplinary actions or sanctions while licensed), AOA or ABMS board certification at some time in his/her career, and at least five years of proven experience within the last ten years in academic leadership roles that includes budget management authority. Though the Founding Dean need not be Catholic, she or he is expected to be committed to the University’s mission, which includes “serving God by serving students,” and to support and contribute to this mission.

Detailed information about the position, leadership agenda, and application process are available in the search profile at

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically as soon as possible. Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for the Founding Dean and a complete résumé or vita, as well as a copy of D.O. diploma from COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine. All application materials will be considered in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to

To make a nomination, or express interest, all confidential communications may be directed to Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner, and Ms. Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP at

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.