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Posted: 02/28/2019
Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension search

Kansas State University, the nation’s first land-grant university, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension (KSRE). The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual with a record of leadership who can advance the missions of the College and KSRE through creation of a bold, shared vision of education, research, teaching, and service. Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Dean/Director serves on the Council of Academic Deans.

The Dean/Director serves as the chief administrative officer of the College of Agriculture (CoA) and provides leadership, strategic vision, direction, and support for all academic programs and curricular issues in the College. The KSRE Director role is responsible for the coordination of programming and activities for the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service and the Agricultural Experiment Station including all State and Federal oversight and includes the overarching vision and strategic direction for the integration of research, extension and the teaching functions of the land-grant system. The Dean/Director ensures continued excellence in education, extension outreach, research, public engagement, faculty and staff development, oversight, high-quality learning experiences, and effective fiscal stewardship and fundraising efforts on behalf of the College in alignment with the K-State 2025 Visionary Plan. Other responsibilities include overseeing international programs and institutes and interaction with County and District Extension Councils, industry stakeholders and the state and federal legislature.

College of Agriculture (CoA) and K-State Research and Extension: The CoA has over 230 faculty in eight academic units. Fifteen B.S., 11 M.S. and nine Ph.D. degree programs are administered to approximately 2,500 undergraduates and 550 graduate students. combined budget of KSRE and the CoA is over $180 million. Numerous degree completion and certificate programs are offered via distance education. KSRE comprises the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and Cooperative Extension Service (CES). AES supports programs in 21 departments/units within five colleges and at four off-campus research centers. CES supports activities in four colleges, four area offices, and more than 250 extension agent positions that are jointly funded with offices in all 105 Kansas counties. CoA academic programs are connected to world-leading research programs in animal systems; food science, food and feed safety, and grain science; and plants and plant systems placing all of these in the top 10 programs in the country, including the leading plant pathology and grain science programs in the country. Students in the college are the fastest in the university to attain their bachelor’s degrees, and nearly 100 percent of its four-year graduates find employment soon after graduation or move on to work on higher degrees. Kansas State University was recently named the winner of four highly competitive grants totaling more than $100 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. grants establish and fund four Feed the Future Innovation Labs. Feed the Future Innovation Labs are a global collaboration among universities, industry and nongovernmental organizations. Labs focus on improving the resiliency and production of food crop plants as well as preventing crop losses in an effort to end world hunger. labs address these challenges through a combination of research, education and outreach in target nations.

Kansas State University (K-State) is located in Manhattan, a progressive community of over 50,000 residents, located in the scenic Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas. The first college in America to be designated a land-grant school, K-State is designated a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive Institution and has been ranked among the top state and private institutions of higher education in Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars since 1986. Moreover, competitive grants and contracts have more than quadrupled since that date and total research expenditures for the university in fiscal year 2018 amounted to just over $218M. With an enrollment exceeding 22,700 students, including more than 3,800 graduate students, K-State is a student-centered research university with the goal of being one of the nation’s top 50 public research universities by 2025. The CoA and KSRE play an integral role in that pursuit and must be led by a dynamic individual whose intellect and disposition are suited to the wide range of academic and professional missions of the organization.

Required Qualifications:

A distinguished record of achievement in the areas of research, teaching, and service with evidence of professional distinction that merits appointment at the rank of tenured, full professor within the College at Kansas State University.

Preferred Qualifications:

candidates should show evidence of dynamic leadership experience, strategic vision, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, have a national and international recognition in the field, and a proven record of success in an administrative position with responsibility for guiding strategy, motivating faculty, engaging external constituencies and fostering collaborative relationships across culturally diverse groups. It is highly desired that the preferred candidate has demonstrated success in alumni relations, external funding development, and private philanthropy. Experience with the strategic development in support of a building campaign is a strong plus. The preferred candidate must also share the values and culture of the university, a commitment to the land-grant university mission, and an ability to create collaborative relationships in an open and participatory administrative style.

Application Process: The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest and a vita), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the university. Inquiries, nominations and applications will be treated confidentially. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 25, 2019. Anticipated appointment is by July 1, 2019.

Kansas State University is being assisted by Harris Search Associates for this search. For further details please contact:

Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, Harris Search Associates

Tel: 614-798-8500 ext. 125 Cell: 614-354-2100


Additional information about the position, the College of Agriculture and Research Extension, Kansas State University and the Manhattan community can be found at In accordance with the Kansas Board of Regents policy, the university is required to run a background check on the final candidate.

Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.