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Iowa State University
Extension and Outreach
Posted: 11/10/2017
Vice President for Extension and Outreach
Salary: Negotiable

Iowa State University, one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities, and home of the first Cooperative Extension System in the United States, invites nominations and applications for the position of vice president for extension and outreach (VPEO).

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is one of the most entrepreneurial in the nation in serving the needs of its state’s citizens through building healthy economies, environments, and people. To build on this strength, the university seeks candidates who are entrepreneurial and creative, with the ability to develop and effectively allocate resources and provide leadership for building excellence in extension and outreach programs that support the university’s strategic plan (2017-2022).

The vice president reports to the senior vice president and provost and works closely with the president, provost, the vice president for research, and the deans of Iowa State’s seven colleges to integrate teaching and research programs with the university’s extension and outreach programs. The VPEO is responsible for approximately 1,200 employees located on campus and across the state’s 99 counties, the Iowa Association of County Extension Councils, and a $98 million budget.

The vice president for extension and outreach serves as director of Cooperative Extension, which has signature programs in agriculture and natural resources, communities and economic development, human sciences, and 4-H youth development. The VPEO also administers Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s conference planning and management operations that serve the whole university. Please refer to the department website below.

The position of Vice President is an administrative appointment with faculty rank as Full Professor (with tenure).

Candidates for the position should have professional experience commensurate with that of a vice president, an academic dean or private sector executive-level position and a documented record of leadership and academic or equivalent professional accomplishments. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong skills in planning, communication, organizational development, and revenue generation. Administrative experience, a commitment to diversity, and demonstrated ability to represent the university in extension and outreach to diverse constituencies are also essential credentials. Candidates must be qualified for a faculty appointment in an appropriate academic department.

An earned doctorate in an academic discipline or an equivalent terminal degree is preferred.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc., an executive search firm, is assisting the university in the search. Candidates will be notified prior to contacting references. All nominations and applications will be held confidential until finalists are publicly announced.

The Search Committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Screening of candidates will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided before January 1, 2018. An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; a resume; and the names of five references, with titles, addresses, business and home telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Submission of materials as a PDF attachment is strongly encouraged. Individuals wishing to place names in nomination should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee.

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Julie Holley, Principal
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email