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Kansas State University
Posted: 01/30/2019
Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Kansas State University, the nation’s first land grant university, invites applications and nominations for the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual with a record of visionary leadership who can advance the College through a bold vision of the role of veterinary medicine in discovery, research, teaching and global health. Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Dean serves on the university's Deans Council.

The University: Kansas State University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive institution with an international reputation for excellence in research, undergraduate and graduate on-campus and distance education, extension, and outreach. The mission of Kansas State University is to foster excellent teaching, research, extension, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. The university has a student enrollment of over 22,000, including 3,700 graduate students, in nine colleges on three campuses located in Manhattan, Olathe, and Salina, Kansas. The university embraces diversity, encourages engagement, and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life of those served. The College of Veterinary Medicine is an integral component of this student-centered research university.

Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University is located in Manhattan, KS in the rolling Flint Hills approximately 100 miles west of Kansas City. Manhattan has a population of 52,000 residents. The surrounding area offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities such as camping, boating, hunting, fishing, hiking and biking. Mostly as a result of the university's influence, cultural and sporting events are at a frequency and quality rare in cities of this size. Manhattan offers affordable housing, extremely strong K-12 school systems and a strong town-gown relationship. Finally, direct commercial air service to both Dallas and Chicago means that Manhattan is just a short flight from major hubs across the nation. In short, Manhattan offers a variety of urban amenities yet retains the best qualities of a small university town.

The College of Veterinary Medicine: Established in 1905, the College of Veterinary Medicine has awarded the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree to over 5000 students. Annual enrollment in the DVM program remains close to the target class size of 112 students. The College is organized into three academic departments and two service units: Anatomy and Physiology, Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, and Clinical Sciences and the Veterinary Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, respectively. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University is Accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The pass rate for K-State graduates on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination for the class of 2018 was 99 percent. Recently, the College was ranked No. 4 in the Top 10 Veterinary Schools in the U.S. by College Magazine.

Responsibilities: The Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine is the chief academic and executive officer for the college. The Dean provides leadership, strategic vision, direction and support for:

  • all academic programs and curricular issues in the College;
  • high-quality student experiences;
  • continued excellence and growth in research programs;
  • faculty and staff development and oversight;
  • fostering a collaborative culture with faculty, staff, administrators and students supporting the College's missions;
  • effective fiscal stewardship and fundraising efforts on behalf of the College;
  • strategic planning and management aligned with the College's K-State 2025 goals;
  • excellence in education, research, clinical service and public

The Dean also has leadership and oversight responsibilities for the service centers housed in the College:

  • Veterinary Health Center and
  • Veterinary Diagnostic

Required Qualifications:

A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree or equivalent degree from an accredited institution.

A 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, professor within the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.

Preferred Qualifications:

Successful candidates should show evidence of dynamic leadership experience, strategic vision, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, 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 successful candidate will have demonstrated success in alumni relations, fund development, external fundraising, financial management and the professional education of veterinarians. The Dean should also share the values and culture of the university, which includes a true concern for a diverse student population, a love of teaching and an accomplished research record.

Other preferred qualifications include:

  • earned Ph.D. or Board Certification in addition to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree;
  • demonstrated success as an advocate to foster diversity and promote a collegial and constructive environment based on open communication, positive team building, and effective management;
  • evidence of success as a strategic leader with accomplishments in developing and growing innovative and effective programs;
  • demonstrated success in acquiring and aligning resources to achieve strategic goals;
  • evidence of success in collaborative leadership and implementing successful interdisciplinary programs that enhance the standing of the institution;
  • a record of promoting diversity, inclusion, and a global perspective among students,
  • faculty, staff, and in the curriculum;
  • clinical veterinary practice experience including but not limited to private practice, academia, corporate or military.

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 1, 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 Veterinary Medicine, 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.