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University of Wisconsin-Madison
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
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Posted: 01/10/2022
Dean of the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Dean of the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison), one of the world’s outstanding public research and teaching universities, seeks a visionary leader with understanding and appreciation of the dynamic, changing academic environment and the diverse missions and constituencies of a major public research university, particularly agricultural and life sciences, to serve as its next dean for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).

CALS is an international leader in food and agriculture, the fundamental life sciences, climate, and human and community health and well-being. Through research, teaching, and outreach, CALS strives to lead in science, innovation, and collaboration that improves life and sustains the natural world. Enrolling about 2,800 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students, the college offers academic programs encompassing agriculture, natural resources, fundamental life sciences, and social sciences.

The dean, who reports to the chancellor and the provost, is the chief academic and executive officer of the college. The dean provides leadership to 255 faculty and more than 850 staff, and directs a budget of more than $200 million, approximately half of which comes from extramural support. The college’s facilities include 30 on-campus buildings and over 6,000 acres of land and associated farm research facilities in Madison and throughout the state. As the director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station, the dean manages the institution’s federal agricultural research designation, oversees federal research capacity funds and a network of 12 agricultural research stations, and coordinates with the UW–Madison Division of Extension on related cooperative extension programs delivered through the college.

The successful dean will be a visionary and collaborative leader that will position CALS to address the biggest challenges of the 21st century. The dean will develop and implement a strategic vision for the future of CALS; ensure the financial health of CALS by providing strong fiscal management and growing additional resources; bolster enrollment with a clear articulation of CALS’ value proposition; enhance research excellence within CALS and across the university; support and advocate for equity and diversity within CALS at every level, including student, faculty, and staff diversity; fortify CALS’ relationship with the Division of Extension, as well as other schools and

colleges, in alignment with CALS’ outreach mission; and maintain strong relationships with external constituents, including alumni and industry partners.

UW-Madison has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. To ensure consideration, applications must be received by February 28, 2022. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Kate Barry and Janette Martinez Isaacson, Miller

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, promotes excellence through diversity, and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.