UNIVERSITY MISSION: The mission of Kansas State University is to foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop the highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation and the international community.
UNIVERSITY INFORMATION: Kansas State University educates more than 24,000 of tomorrow's potential leaders, and provides some of the best global food systems and biosecurity research in the world. In fact, the university is progressing toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025. The K-State 2025 vision and strategic plan define us as a great place for students and a modern land-grant university valuing and integrating research, education, and engagement.
The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options. The Graduate School offers 73 master's degrees, 44 doctoral degrees and 43 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines. The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation's best colleges, and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S.
Commonly referred to as K-State, the community is proud of its welcoming environment, and considers all K-Staters family. Our athletic teams, known as the Wildcats, compete in the Big 12 Conference and frequently win titles and championships.
WE SUPPORT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.
THE OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University invites applications and nominations from current K-State College of Veterinary Medicine employees for the position of Dean.
The university seeks a dynamic individual with a record of visionary leadership who can advance the College and its excellence in research/scholarship, learning, and public service through a bold vision of the role of veterinary medicine in discovery, research translation, and global health. The Dean will implement a collaborative vision for the College that integrates its multiple missions of education, research, clinical practice, diagnostic service, and public engagement in serving all the stakeholders of the state of Kansas and beyond. The Dean will work with an interdisciplinary approach with relevant colleges and departments at the University to establish Kansas State University as a global leader in animal health and safety. The Dean will work to enhance and strengthen the college to distinguish itself in relevant veterinary education, biomedical research, and public engagement at the state, national, and international levels. The position reports to Provost and Executive Vice President and is a senior administrative position that serves on the university’s Deans Council.
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL: As chief academic and executive officer of the college, the Dean has primary responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, budgetary planning and management, fundraising, academic and curricular issues, clinical resources, and facilities development. In that capacity, the Dean provides vision and leadership for the advancement of the college and fosters a collaborative culture supportive of the college’s missions of education, research, clinical practice, and public engagement. The Dean also has oversight of the Veterinary Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which includes responsibility for teaching within the hospital and diagnostic labs, patient care, diagnostic service, and research.
Specific responsibilities and expectations are listed below.
- Works effectively with faculty, staff, directors, department heads, deans, university administrators, students, and the broader community on interdisciplinary and collaborative projects.
- Oversee implementation of the College's strategic plan and its alignment with K-State 2025 goals.
- Support and expand professional and graduate programs to better position graduates for high impact biomedical care opportunities and enhance the College as a destination of choice for outstanding students.
- Provide leadership with a high degree of personal involvement in the fundraising efforts on behalf of the College.
- Serve as a strong advocate and facilitator for faculty to expand their research portfolio, as well as promote and strengthen basic, translational, and clinical research collaborative endeavors within the university and in the region, nation, and globally.
- Be responsible for the attraction, development, and retention of high quality faculty and staff, that prides itself on strong engagement along with diversity and inclusion.
- Maintain and strengthen strategic relationships with the community, alumni, benefactors, practitioners, and industry partners in the public and private sector on behalf of the College and University.
- Provide budget and fiscal direction.
The successful candidate must also:
- Possess outstanding administrative experience as well as scholarly credentials and demonstrated commitment to advancing research, graduate and professional education, clinical service, public engagement and equal opportunity.
- Show evidence of dynamic leadership experience, strategic vision with the ability to execute, strong financial management and decision-making skills, a commitment to teaching, research and engagement/outreach, and exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
- Have a proven record as successful administrator with responsibility for guiding strategy, managing budgets, evaluating personnel, motivating faculty, promoting accountability, engaging external constituencies, and fostering diversity and teamwork to create collaborative relationships across culturally diverse groups.
- Be a dynamic individual whose intellect and disposition are suited to a wide range of academic and professional missions within the College and who is committed to an open and participatory administrative style.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified applicants must have an earned degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree from an accredited institution.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated success in acquiring and aligning resources to achieve strategic goals; alumni relations, fund development, and external fundraising; experience implementing successful interdisciplinary programs that enhance the standing of an institution; and a record of promoting diversity, inclusion, and a global perspective among students, faculty, staff, and in the curriculum.
- Earned Ph.D. or Board Certification in addition to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree.
- Distinguished record of achievement in the areas of research, teaching, service, or industry with evidence of professional distinction and national or international recognition in the field that merits appointment at the rank of tenured, full professor at Kansas State University.
SEARCH PROCESS: Applications should be submitted electronically and must include the following in a single pdf file:
- Letter of interest describing relevant experiences and interest in the position
- Curriculum vitae
- Three professional references including titles and contact information
APPLICATION QUERIES OR NOMINATIONS: Questions and nominations should be directed to Connie Pfaff-Eickhoff, Executive Recruiter and Talent Acquisition Sr. Strategic Partner at email@example.com or (785) 532-1730
COLLEGE INFORMATION: Established in 1905, the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, an AVMA accredited college, has awarded the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree to over 5000 men and women. As part of a land grant university, the College mission is dedicated to the advancement of health and welfare of animals, people, the environment, and the veterinary profession through excellence in teaching, research, service and outreach. The College is committed to a professional degree program with broad training opportunities involving a comprehensive range of companion and exotic animals, and livestock species. The College focus is on initiatives that address important societal needs at a local, national and global level. By focusing on the mission and strategic objectives, the College will achieve the vision of Exceptional teaching, Impactful research, Outstanding service, Extraordinary graduates.
In June of 2016, the College began a robust, transparent, and inclusive strategic planning process. In January of 2017, the new strategic plan for the 2017-2019 timeframe was published. This plan outlines six priority areas of focus. Specifically, these areas are: 1) Extraordinary Graduates, 2) Exceptional Teaching & Enhanced Learning, 3) Lower Cost of Education for DVM, 4) Responsive, Collaborative Research Enterprise, 5) Societal Impact through Service & Outreach, and 6) A Culture of Respect & Collegiality. With cross-talk between each priority area, this plan, once implemented, will support significant changes that will allow the College to address critical issues. For example, the College is committed to supporting the long-term sustainability of the veterinary profession, addressing the student debt load, and supporting student well-being through aggressively identifying steps to reduce the aggregate cost of education for earning a DVM degree. In addition, the College is committed to producing confident students that have exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills at day one post-graduation. The College will focus on enhancing faculty and student abilities to be great educators and learners, respectively and utilize a new curriculum mapping tool to create a seamless curriculum that is centrally-managed. Lastly, the College will continue to prioritize fostering a culture of respect and collegiality, seated in wellness, diversity, and inclusion.
Kansas State University is governed by the nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, responsible for the state’s six public universities. The Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine reports to the Provost and Senior Vice-President of Kansas State University. The College of Veterinary Medicine is a separate line-item budget in the Kansas Board of Regents and State of Kansas System.
The College is organized into three academic departments and two service units: Anatomy and Physiology (A&P), Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology (DMP), and Clinical Sciences (CS) and the Veterinary Health Center (VHC) and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL), respectively. There are three associate deans and two assistant deans providing programmatic oversight for admissions, academic programs and student affairs, research, and day-to-day CVM operations.
The number of students matriculating into the DVM program has remained close to the target of 112 students/year. Increased numbers reflect students re-entering the program. Students may leave and re-enter the program due to dual degree programs (DVM/MS or DVM/PhD) or relative attrition. Interns and residents have extensive contact with DVM students through patient care and service within the VHC and VDL. The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology’s strength in extramural funding allows for robust MS, PhD, and dual degree DVM-graduate student programs. The Department of Clinical Sciences provides residency training and MS training. The College strives to accept a diverse student body into the professional degree program.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.