Dean-Continuing and Professional Education

Updated July 28: A link has been added to a page with candidate forums.

Updated March 30: The Opportunity and Challenge Profile for this position has been posted to the Documents section at the bottom of the page.

UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for Dean-Continuing and Professional Education.

As a self-sustaining academic unit of the University, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) has earned a well-deserved reputation for being entrepreneurial and collaborative, extending the mission of UC Davis and the scholarship of its faculty far beyond the campus. CPE has demonstrated distinctive expertise in innovative curriculum delivery while strategically responding to market demands using data-driven financial and administrative models.


Candidate forums have been scheduled in UC Davis’ nationwide recruitment for Dean-Continuing and Professional Education.

Candidate CVs will be posted on this webpage approximately 48 hours in advance of each visit. To protect the confidentiality of the candidates, the website will require your UCD log-in credentials in order to access the names and CVs. 

Public Forums: The candidate presentations will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.  The public forums will be recorded and the recordings will be posted to this page following the last candidate’s presentation.

Your participation in the process is strongly encouraged and your feedback is very important in helping select the next Dean, Continuing & Professional Education. Provost Croughan welcomes comments on the candidates. Comments should be sent to the dedicated email address by Wednesday, Aug. 16. Comments go to HR-Executive Recruitment and are only shared with Provost Croughan, so please use this confidential email address to send your feedback.


General comments or questions can be sent to:


UC Davis Point of Contact:

Patty Covington Fleming
Senior Executive Recruitment Partner

With a mission to serve adults across their lifetimes, a major emphasis of the division’s portfolio is workforce and professional development for individuals and organizations. CPE maintains one of the university’s most diverse educational portfolios, offering academic and non-credit certificates, massive open online courses (MOOCs), contract training for government and corporate clients, programs and support services for non- and pre-matriculated international students, and enrichment programs for seniors. Unique in the UC Extension system, the division also operates a statewide professional development program for human services agencies at the State and local level.

Within this context, the Dean of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education will oversee and lead academic and strategic planning, educational needs assessment, academic program quality and delivery to diverse audiences of non-matriculated UC Davis students, development of campus partnerships, leadership of academic and staff personnel, affirmative action and diversity, organizational and financial management, contract and grant management, and university engagement activities nationally and internationally, to continue and increase the impact and quality of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education programs.

Increasingly, the division wears two hats: first, as an independent academic division, and second, as a valued partner to other academic units looking to expand reach and revenue through innovative, market-responsive programming. The Dean will continue efforts already underway to expand the division’s role in advancing the broader campus mission, with particular focus on establishing the central hub for online/hybrid graduate and professional education, alternative credentials, open courseware, and regional workforce development.

The recruitment advisory committee is led by co-chair by Stephen Cavanagh, Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing; and co-chair Anneli Adams, Associate Dean, International and Access Programs, Continuing and Professional Education. The committee also includes administrators, faculty, and staff. The complete roster is available as a PDF.

The national search firm Isaacson, Miller is assisting the recruitment advisory committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy is available online.

See below for the recruitment advisory committee roster.