MCO Dean Search 2012

Ferris State University, seeks an experienced, energetic, and creative leader to serve as its next Dean of the Michigan College of Optometry.

Position Description - #003871

Applying for the position

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Ferris State University. Electronic submissions are preferred. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates for the appointment are identified. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to August 22, 2012.

Ryan Crawford, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328

The Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) is located at the Ferris State University Big Rapids campus and has a student body of over 150 students, 18 full-time faculty and 90 adjunct clinical faculty.  In addition to the professional degree program, MCO sponsors 12 clinical residency programs.  The primary clinical program is located at the University Eye Center (UEC) on the Big Rapids campus.  Additionally, the UEC provides clinical care and education at several community health and school-based facilities in West Michigan.

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About the community

Ferris State University is positioned in the heart of Michigan's lower peninsula, an area rich in recreational and tourist attractions.  The 880-acre main campus is located in the city of Big Rapids, a small, scenic community of approximately 15,000 residents.

Grand Rapids - Michigan's second largest city - is an hour south of Big Rapids and offers a wide range of dining, cultural and shopping experiences.

Lake Michigan beaches, Traverse City wineries, and numerous ski resorts are additional nearby attractions.

Ferris State University offers a unique blend of theory, practice, and service learning making it an educational institution sought out by students who want to be thoroughly prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Ferris has seen a 25% increase in enrollment since 2000, resulting in a record 14,560 students enrolled for the Fall 2011 semester.  The University has also seen the academic profile of entering students (measured in high school grades and ACT score) improve by 20% over the last five years.  Ferris' reputation for preparing qualified and competent graduates has resulted in valuable partnerships in business and industry that are essential to the University's success.  Ferris challenges students to be successful in a diverse and globalized world.