Academic Career & Executive Search Finds Dean for William Paterson University’s Business College

September 25, 2020 – West Hartford, Conn-based Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has placed the new dean of the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Anthony Bowrin, a highly respected scholar and administrator with senior leadership experience at three internationally recognized business schools, joined the university this summer.

“Search committee co-chairs Jonathan Lincoln and Ge Zhang sought a dynamic, collegial and experienced leader,” said Jennifer Muller, managing partner at ACES. “William Paterson was excited to find a dean with a proven history of growth initiatives, inclusive partnerships, and results-focused leadership. Dr. Bowrin offered this experience and more. We wish Dr. Bowrin and William Paterson University success on their journey forward together.”

“I am so pleased that Dr. Bowrin will be our next dean of the Cotsakos College of Business,” said Joshua Powers, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at William Paterson University. “He brings a breadth and depth of experience in a variety of areas, combined with a leadership approach that is well aligned with our values and goals at William Paterson University.”

Dr. Bowrin served as dean of the college of business at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan since 2016, where he previously served as associate dean from 2013 to 2016. He first joined Saginaw Valley State University in 2009 as an accounting professor. He was also executive director of the University of the West Indies School of Business and Applied Studies Limited from 2007 to 2009, and deputy dean of distance education and outreach, faculty of social sciences, at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, from 2004 to 2006. He originally joined the University of the West Indies in 2000 as a full-time lecturer in the department of management studies.

Shared Priorities

Dr. Bowrin is an active scholar whose research focuses on corporate governance and financial reporting quality. He has led consulting and executive development programs for several economically significant businesses throughout the English-speaking Caribbean.

“The opportunity to join William Paterson University is very attractive given the technical and practice expertise of the Cotsakos College of Business faculty and the excellent teaching and learning resources available to facilitate student success,” Dr. Bowrin said. “I am excited to work with faculty, staff and other stakeholders to better prepare students to make positive and significant contributions to society.”

Dr. Bowrin said he and the business school share the same priorities. “I believe that the Cotsakos College of Business mission—which focuses on preparing students for career success in business through programs that develop academic excellence and professional enrichment, supported by the applied research of faculty—are well aligned with my commitment to student success through intellectual rigor, teaching excellence, and practical experiences,” he said. “Like the college, I am passionate about promoting student success through individualized, engaged and experiential approaches and intellectual rigor; and helping faculty, staff and business partners achieve their objectives. I believe that this is the surest path to sustainable competitiveness.”

Related: Recruitment of Academia Presidents Rising

Founded in 1855 as the Paterson City Normal School, William Paterson University is a leading public university with more than 10,000 students. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its five academic colleges: arts and communication, Cotsakos College of Business, education, humanities and social sciences, and science and health. Among the university’s faculty are 41 Fulbright scholars and recipients of numerous other awards, grants and fellowships. The institution’s more than 76,000 alumni can be found throughout New Jersey, the nation and the world. The Cotsakos College of Business is part of an elite group of business colleges to have achieved international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Respected Recruiters

Academic Career & Executive Search focuses on executive search services, career planning and candidate coaching. Specializing in challenging faculty to senior administrative positions, the firm offers six a la carte services spanning full search, candidate generation, interim, multi-hire and contingency search. Candidate support services include webinars, career planning and candidate coaching. Its team has served in virtually every capacity in higher education including president, vice president, provost, dean, chief human research officer and faculty members across all types and sizes of institutions.

Academic Career & Executive Search Seeks Two Campus Presidents for Dallas College
Academic Career & Executive Search has been chosen to find two campus presidents for Dallas College in Texas. One will lead the school’s El Centro campus; the other will oversee the Mountain View campus. “The El Centro campus desires a broad thinking leader comfortable interacting with top industry executives, raising funds and helping to drive the brand new downtown campus initiative to fruition,” said the search firm. 

Ms. Muller has more than 20 years’ research and development experience in higher education and Fortune 500 companies. She has led over 70 higher education searches both domestically and internationally spanning presidents, vice presidents, associate chancellors, deans, directors, chairs and faculty level positions. She is former vice chair of the American Council on Education (ACE) Executive Search Roundtable and serves as an advisor in the numerous ACE leadership development forums.

Related: Why Universities Have Stepped Up Efforts to Involve Search Firms

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

Share This Article


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments