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Chief Executive Officer and Dean, School of Nursing

Tarleton State University
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Health Sciences Deans

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Tarleton State University in its search for Chief Executive Officer and Dean, School of Nursing.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a university enjoying record year-over-year growth. The next School of Nursing’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Dean reports to the Executive Dean and Associate Vice President and is a crucial member of the College of Health Sciences Executive Leadership Team representing three schools: the School of Nursing, The School of Health and Clinical Professions, and the School of Kinesiology. The College of Health Science has financially benefitted from the 87th and 88th legislative sessions in Texas, allowing for new program development and strengthening of existing programs, and is fully committed to addressing health disparities and meeting the health needs of populations situated in rural Texas.

The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Traditional, LVN-BSN, RN-BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (Education and Administration) with a projected CRNA (DNP) program starting in 2026. The ideal candidate can creatively address the changing landscape in higher education and academic nursing.

This full-time administrative faculty position is based at the Stephenville, Texas, campus with outreach instructional sites in Fort Worth and Waco, serving over 400 students across traditional BSN, LVN-BSN, RN-BSN, and MSN programs.


  • Vision and planning: create a vision and strategic plan for the School of Nursing that aligns with and contributes to the institutional goals outlined in Tarleton Forward 2030;
  • Accreditation and administration: oversee and ensure compliance and consistency with the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), Texas Board of Nursing (BON), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC);
  • Fiduciary decisions: manage the school budget and other resources;
  • Student success: guide processes that track, monitor, measure, and document student completion and/or program outcomes.
  • Faculty success: direct the SON leadership team in faculty hiring, workload assignments, professional development, performance appraisal, and tenure and promotion.
  • Academic program development and assessment: support and mentor faculty in continuous improvement of existing academic curriculum and programs and development of new programs.
  • Partnership building: facilitate institutional relationships with colleges and universities, health care systems, community groups, and other external stakeholders, including selection of clinical training sites;
  • Connection and belonging: foster appreciation for intercultural experiences, commitment to systemic accessibility, and eliminating barriers that impact success for all students, faculty, and staff.


  • Graduate degree in nursing and an earned doctorate in nursing (PhD, EdD, or DNP) or closely related field
  • Unencumbered and current license or privilege to practice as a registered nurse in Texas
  • Must qualify for appointment as full professor in the College of Health Sciences with ten years (3-5 years in nursing education administration or executive level nursing administration) or more related broad experience in higher education – teaching, scholarship, and university administration.
  • Track record of participation in organizations related to the profession
  • Training and experience necessary to be accountable for the planning, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of the nursing education programs in the School of Nursing
  • Strong time management, problem-solving, and goal setting skills
  • Management skills including data-informed decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Interpersonal skills including clear written and oral communication, active listening, diplomacy, and team building


  • Impactful and progressive record of leadership in a professional setting that may include higher education, government, and/or a healthcare facility
  • Ability to provide stewardship and adaptability to position the School of Nursing for success within the changing environments of higher education and the professional practice of nursing

About Tarleton State University

As a founding member of and the second largest institution within The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.

Tarleton is a vibrant learning community with nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a doctorate in education and criminal justice, within nine academic colleges including Agricultural and Natural Resources; Business; Education; Engineering; Graduate Studies; Health Sciences; Liberal and Fine Arts; Science and Mathematics; and University College.

Tarleton has extended the reach of state-supported, affordable education by expanding online undergraduate and graduate programs and classes in Stephenville and on our outreach campuses. Students come to Tarleton from around the world, representing some 30 countries, nearly every state in the U.S., and 253 Texas counties, and leave as moral, ethical thinkers with civility and integrity who contribute meaningfully to a global society.

Recent additions to the main Stephenville location include new facilities such as the Engineering building, the stadium and athletic-facilities renovations, and the Child Development Center, along with the upcoming Convocation and Event Center. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research, the Timberlake Biological Field Station, and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center.

Tarleton’s Vision 

Tarleton State University will be the premier comprehensive regional university in the nation, dedicated to education, service and research. It is committed to being a university of opportunity for all students and believes it has a responsibility to drive regional innovation and job creation for all graduates. 

Living in the Area 

Tarleton’s primary location is in Stephenville, Texas, which consistently ranks as one of the best small towns in America. With a population of over 20,000, Stephenville is located in Erath County and has become one of the best places to live in Texas. Stephenville's cost of living is 19.7% lower than the U.S including a lower-than-average sales tax and no income tax. The area also has lower-than-average unemployment and crime rates.

Stephenville was first patented by John M. Stephen on February 24, 1853. After almost 170 years, this city has transformed into one of the fastest growing "college towns" in the State of Texas and has so much to offer its residents whether they be college students, senior citizens, or families. Tarleton State University is located in the Heart of Stephenville and has several outreach programs that give the community a special, close-knit feeling. 

Uniquely located in rural Texas, one-hour southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth for easy access to metropolitan amenities and a major airport, yet isolated from big city stress, Stephenville is an inviting, gracious community with a rich western heritage in a beautiful country setting along the Bosque River. There are several major manufacturing companies located in and around Stephenville, as well as small businesses, boutiques, and much more that offer ample job opportunities. The area offers amenities for all interests including restaurants, shopping, museums, galleries, outdoor activities, parks, and family attractions. 

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Institution’s EEO Statement

Tarleton State University provides equal opportunity to all employees, students, applicants for employment, and the public regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or veteran status.

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