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North Carolina State University
North Carolina
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Posted: 11/23/2022
Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences andExecutive Director for Agricultural Programs

Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and

Executive Director for Agricultural Programs

North Carolina State University

NC State invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The university seeks a leader committed to: expanding the college’s foundation of groundbreaking research and scholarship; promoting a strong reputation of service, outreach and extension; and boldly opening up the college to additional areas of national renown. This leader must understand the college’s role in creating social and economic prosperity for the state, nation and world through agriculture and life sciences discovery, learning and engagement.

The dean is the chief academic, administrative and budgetary officer and spokesperson for the college, and reports directly to the provost. The dean provides visionary leadership and strategic direction for the college’s academic departments, programs, initiatives and extension activities within a complex fiscal and personnel environment.

The dean must have the ability to provide innovative direction for the college while working with myriad stakeholders, and addressing the academic and other needs of faculty, staff and students. An ability to manage relationships across a wide spectrum of constituencies, with business, political and social acumen, will be important. As an institutional leader, the dean will be responsible for building coalitions and promoting outreach efforts that engage the university in responding to statewide, national and international issues.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

https://cals.ncsu.edu/ works to fulfill NC State’s land-grant mission by preparing students to thrive in a global marketplace, pursue cutting-edge research and put those results to work across North Carolina and beyond.

The college is a connected community of 3,600 extraordinary undergraduate, graduate and Agricultural Institute students, 345 tenure track and professional faculty, 100 postdocs, 898 staff and 598 county operations employees. Diversity benefits everyone, and the college, in part through its dedicated Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and equity where each student, faculty and staff member can reach their full potential.

Students can study agricultural and life sciences across 17 undergraduate majors, 21 undergraduate minors, 12 undergraduate certificates and 11 graduate certificates in the https://cals.ncsu.edu/departments. The college offers 19 bachelor’s degrees, 91 master’s degrees and 45 doctoral degrees. https://cals.ncsu.edu/agricultural-institute is the college’s two-year program offering six associate of applied science degrees and the same rigor and hands-on learning as the four-year programs.

The college expended $313 million in FY 2022: the largest expense categories are Academic Affairs – $33 million, Agricultural Research – $73 million, Cooperative Extension – $60 million and Contracts and Grants – $85 million. In addition, college endowment assets were $302 million at the end of FY 2022.

How to Apply

Buffkin / Baker is assisting NC State on this search. To receive the full leadership profile, as well as to submit inquiries and nominations, please contact Mr. Martin Baker, managing partner, at (770) 313-5573 or Dr. Pelema Ellis, principal, at (617) 866 – 7748 or you can send an email to ncsucalsdean@buffkinbaker.com.

Confidential review of applications will begin in January of 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials may be submitted online at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/ (position #00001601).

NC State provides equal opportunity and affirmative action efforts, and the university prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation that are based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation or veteran status.