Academic Career & Executive Search Recruits Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Lawrence Technological University

February 14, 2024 – Academic Career & Executive Search (ACES) has assisted in the placement of Mary Schutten as the founding dean of the College of Health Sciences at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, MI. This follows a national search led by managing partner Jennifer Muller. “Our College of Health Sciences was formed to address the growing need for technologically educated medical professionals in all parts of the healthcare sector,” said Tarek M. Sobh, president of LTU. “We believe Mary Schutten is the perfect person to lead our growing efforts in healthcare education and cutting-edge research, as the need for healthcare professionals continues to grow.”

Dr. Schutten is a strategic academic leader with a track record of transformative leadership and innovation in higher education and healthcare administration. Most recently, she served as executive vice president and provost at Central Michigan University. Previous positions include dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at San Jose State University and associate dean for students and curriculum at Grand Valley State University.

“When I learned about LTU’s expansion into health sciences, I was immediately energized by the potential it held in addressing the healthcare needs of our region,” Ms. Schutten said. “The university’s vision to be recognized for transformative STEM, design, and now healthcare education, alongside its commitment to developing leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset and global perspective, aligns perfectly with my own professional aspirations for the new college.”

“LTU’s commitment to excellence and its focus on increasing access by offering quality programs that meet the needs of learners as well as LTU’s values, which place students at the center and aim to transform lives through accessible, student-centered, experiential education to address the health needs of a global society, is at the heart of the new College of Health Sciences,” she said.

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. It was founded in 1932 and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences.

Higher Education Specialists

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.

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Ms. Muller has more than 20 years of 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.

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Academic Career & Executive Search recently assisted in the recruitment of Christopher Robinson as the new provost for Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Robyn Hannigan stepped down from the role last June to become president of nearby Ursinus College. “We are thrilled to have Chris Robinson take on the permanent role of provost here at Clarkson,” said Marc P. Christensen, president of Clarkson University. “In his role as interim provost over the last several months, Chris has demonstrated his capacity to navigate complex and challenging sets of circumstances. It is clear to me that he has the disposition, wisdom, and skills to be an exceptional provost for where we are now and into the future.”

Mr. Robinson joined the office of the provost in 2020 as associate provost for faculty achievement where he led faculty development programming and supported school-based and programmatic initiatives. He launched the faculty fellowship program; expanded teaching and learning in diversity, equity and inclusion; and fostered new areas of instructional excellence. Mr. Robinson joined Clarkson in 1998 first as a visiting assistant professor before being promoted to assistant professor in 2004.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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