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Director, Entertainment Technology Center

Carnegie Mellon University k

Pittsburgh, PA

Feb 16
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Director, Entertainment Technology Center

Carnegie Mellon University seeks an experienced, collaborative, and future focused leader as the next Director of its world-renowned Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). The ETC is the premier professional graduate program for interactive entertainment, innovation, and storytelling across industries. The Director will build on the existing reputation and aspiration of this original and inspiring program.

The ETC was founded in 1998 by two co-directors: Randy Pausch, a Computer Science professor (who later delivered his inspirational Last Lecture), and Don Marinelli, a Drama Professor. The ETC admitted its first class of students in 1999. Today, it is an interdisciplinary center offering a two-year Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) terminal degree.

Currently, the ETC enrolls approximately 150 graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, inspired by a wide range of motivations and career ambitions, and employs 18 full time teaching track faculty and 3 special faculty, 6 adjuncts, and 13 staff.

The ETC’s mission is to combine art and technology at the core of an applied research, inquiry-focused education. The ETC has been committed to challenging students from a diversity of backgrounds to study and work together on applied design-based research projects, developing their skills as leaders and team members doing innovative work and challenging the ?eld. The ETC works to prepare students to graduate as creative professionals.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is a global, research-intensive university with more than 14,000 students, more than 120,000 alumni, and approximately 5,000 faculty and staff. In 2022-2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked CMU #22 among national universities, #3 in terms of Most Innovative Schools, and many of its programs are among the top-ranked in the world. CMU is home to the country’s #1 ranked programs in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence, among others.

The university is known for its distinctive culture, which champions interdisciplinary inquiry and collaborative efforts in a technology rich environment. CMU’s global footprint fosters cooperation across borders, including from its campuses in Qatar, and most recently Rwanda, where it is making a commitment to empower the next generation of African leaders and innovators. With more than a dozen degree-granting locations, as well as a growing number of research partnerships around the world, CMU is truly a global institution. CMU faculty are known for inspiring students to think creatively, interpret with insight, and solve major societal, scientific, and technological challenges.

The ideal candidate will be able to speak in technological and artistic arenas and will bring to the position a strong professional background, excellent management skills, and the proven ability to expand and manage resources. Evidence of creative management, visionary and collaborative leadership, fiscal responsibility, and excellence within their field are essential. Preference will be given to candidates who have held leadership positions in academic institutions. Candidates, however, will need to both have experience in and/or understand industry as well as academia for success.

The ideal candidate must be able to work effectively with a wide range of people: faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, university leaders, and friends of the university. The position requires exceptional communication, effective decision-making, consultative problem solving, creative management, an embrace of new technology, and a high level of energy and dedication.

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Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent in confidence via email to:

Matthew Bunting, Managing Director
Lareese Hall, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

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