Dean Search Begins for Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Posted June 5, 2024

Georgia Tech will begin the search for the next dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. The search committee, chaired by Dean of Libraries Leslie Sharp, was chosen through a nomination process and includes a mix of faculty, staff, students, and alumni from within the college, as well as other units from across campus. 

“We are committed to finding an exceptional leader for the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts,” said Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve McLaughlin. “I am confident in the dedication of our search committee and the vision they have for the future of this historic school. Ivan Allen’s vibrant academic and research community has enriched Georgia Tech since 1888 and will continue to redefine what the humanities and social sciences can be.” 

Community Engagement 

Russell Reynolds Associates will host several virtual town halls to gather input from the community about the desired qualities for the next Dean. 

Town Hall Schedule 

Ivan Allen College Staff Town Hall - Register online 

  • Date: Wednesday, June 12 
  • Time: 1 p.m. 
  • Format: Virtual 

Ivan Allen College Faculty Town Hall - Register online 

  • Date: Wednesday, June 12 
  • Time: 2 p.m. 
  • Format: Virtual 

Ivan Allen College and Georgia Tech Community Town Hall - Register online 

  • Date: Friday, June 14 
  • Time: 11 a.m. 
  • Format: Virtual 

Community members unable to attend can send feedback to

Key Dates 

  • June 2024: Search committee convened and town halls to be held. 
  • July to October 2024: Recruitment and vetting of candidates. 
  • TBD: Finalists visit campus. 

Additional Information

The search is open to both internal and external candidates. For more details, including the position description, application process, and a list of the search committee members, visit  

Inquiries and nominations should be sent to While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, interested candidates are encouraged to apply by August 19, 2024. 

Richard Utz, senior associate dean and professor, has been appointed interim dean and will serve until the new dean is named.

Writer: Brittany Aiello, Faculty Communications Program Manager, Organizational and Academic Communications, Institute Communications

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Search Firm: Russell Reynolds