Button Menu

McDermond Center Director

DePauw University maintains an uncommon commitment to the liberal arts in its dedication to ensuring that its students achieve a life of meaning and means, and to fostering them to be the leaders the world needs. A private college founded in 1837, DePauw thrives in a beautiful and engaged residential campus and shares a dynamic, symbiotic relationship with the community of Greencastle, Indiana. The capital city of Indianapolis is just a 50-minute drive to the east on Interstate 70.


DePauw University seeks to hire a full-time Director for its McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship, with the goal of advancing a dynamic intersection of business, entrepreneurship, management and the liberal arts on campus and beyond.

Summary of Position

The Director of The McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship (McDermond Center) will be responsible for developing one of the nation's finest experiential learning programs in business leadership and entrepreneurial preparation within a liberal arts setting. S/he will build and cultivate supportive programming, skills development, internships, student organizations, and alumni mentoring and networking for a broad diversity of students from multiple disciplines with interest in complementing their liberal arts foundation with management, business, and entrepreneurial skills, insights, and experiences.


• Join the DePauw University Centers Council and co-ordinate on projects with the directors of other Centers including the Tenzer Center for Technology, the Prindle Institute for Ethics, the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, the Justin and Darianne Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement as opportunities arise.

 • Develop strong relationships with campus entities that provide support for innovation, business, and entrepreneurship, including academic departments/programs, the office of the President, and Admissions, and expand the outreach of the McDermond Center beyond DePauw University.

• Work with the Division of Development and Alumni Engagement, and senior alumni and board leaders to nurture external fund raising opportunities and participate in campus budget processes to develop resources to build a significant and impactful organization. 

• Coordinate with the director of the Management Fellows program to foster and sustain curricular and co-curricular opportunities for Management Fellow students.

• Work with campus partners to develop a vision and direction, and execute on a plan for the McDermond Center that is inclusive of students studying in a variety of majors and programs in a liberal arts context.

• Foster and support entrepreneurship, investment, and affinity student clubs that create excitement and opportunities in business for students, alums, and visitors.

• Initiate other, outward facing, opportunities for student engagement that may include: creation of venture funds for community engagement; formation of an annual symposium of business leaders; development of entrepreneur grants; pacesetter awards for business innovation.

Goals and Objectives - Measures of Success

The following goals and objectives – measures of success have been identified for attention and focus during the early years of the new Director of the McDermond Center:

 • The McDermond Center will emerge as a source of intellectual energy on campus, a place for alumni and a beacon for discussions on the practice of business, management, and entrepreneurship in diverse industries.

 • Students of all disciplines and all backgrounds, will see the McDermond Center as a welcoming place, a resource to learn about business, and the cultivator of their entrepreneurial spirit regardless of their unique passions.

 • The Director will be the entrepreneurial champion at DePauw, which has placed a strategic priority on leveraging the liberal arts to inform our thinking about entrepreneurship and business by supporting student-entrepreneurs, economic development, and innovation.

 • Outcomes will contribute to the development of Greencastle and the region through enterprise, community engagement, and economic development.

 Candidate Qualifications

Candidates may come from diverse academic and/or non-academic backgrounds, PhD, terminal degree, MBA, or BA/MA with significant experience in business/management/entrepreneurship.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

 • Demonstrated understanding of the value of liberal arts in business and entrepreneurship.

 • Demonstrated understanding of the range of entrepreneurial actors including social entrepreneurs, business innovators, and entrepreneurship advocates.

 • Demonstrated support and commitment to serving historically under-represented communities in higher education (first-generation, women, domestic students of color)

 • The ability to navigate an academic environment and develop cooperation from diverse stakeholders; ability to negotiate the complexities of organizational change.

 • Experience in creating strategic and operational plans.

 • Eagerness to engage with students and work closely with them to support their academic and professional development.

 • Public presentation and communication skills that can generate enthusiasm in others.



Please direct all nominations and questions to Anne F. Harris, Vice President for Academic Affairs at aharris@depauw.edu.  Please submit résumés, letters of interest, and additional materials to Interfolio 48368.

DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.