Dean of the Herron School of Art and Design

Dean of the Herron School of Art and Design

IUPUI seeks a visionary leader to serve as the Dean of the University’s Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana’s premier professional art and design school, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Graduates receive an Indiana University degree.

Located in the heart of the culturally vibrant city of Indianapolis, IUPUI will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2018-2019 academic year while Herron marks its 117th year. Founded in 1902 as a private art school first affiliated with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Herron joined Indiana University in 1967 and became part of IUPUI when the campus was established in 1969. The school has a rich legacy, with the footprints of faculty, alumni, and students all over Indiana, across the nation, and around world.

Herron enrolls more than 800 undergraduate and graduate students in studio art, visual communication design, art history, art education, and art therapy, and employs more than 50 full-time faculty and more than 20 full-time staff. The school’s operating budget is approximately $13 million.

Herron’s facilities span two state-of-the-art buildings on the IUPUI campus, designed to meet the needs of an art and design school in the twenty-first century, comprising more than 200,000 square feet of studios, galleries, and other inspirational spaces. The main building is adjacent to the Indiana State Museum as well as the Eiteljorg Museum and is located on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, all popular destinations for visitors to the city of Indianapolis.

Herron has over 70 studio spaces and more than 10,000 square feet of dedicated exhibition space. Other facilities include the Basile Center for Art, Design, and Public Life, serving as a hub for professional practice opportunities, career development, and connecting Herron talent with community partners, as well as the Think It Make It Lab, enabling the creative use of new technologies and providing a collaborative environment for research, experimentation, and innovation.

Reporting directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of IUPUI, the dean is the chief executive officer for Herron School of Art and Design and is responsible for fulfilling the school’s mission and realizing its vision. In this role, the dean is the public face of the school and oversees strategic advancement in the areas of curriculum, technology, personnel, fundraising and finances, and community relations, while also engaging in student-focused initiatives.

IUPUI has retained R. William Funk & Associates as the consultant to the Herron School of Art and Design search. Candidate materials and any questions about the search can be directed to the firm. While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new dean is hired, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials electronically to our consultant at the address below by February 1, 2018, to assure optimal consideration. Candidate materials should include a current resume and a letter of interest.

IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design Search
R. William Funk & Associates
2911 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 300
Dallas, Texas 75219
FAX: 214/523-9067


As Indiana’s premier urban research and health sciences institution, IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) is home to over 30,000 students, and offers more than 350 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs from Indiana University and Purdue University. IUPUI is dedicated to advancing the intellectual growth of Indiana through research and creative activity, teaching, learning, and community engagement and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World ReportForbes and other notable publications. For fiscal year 2016-17, the campus total operating budget was $1.4 billion.