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Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Executive Director for Agricultural Programs

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Working Title:

Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Executive Director for Agricultural Programs

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education, qualifications, and experience.

Work Schedule:

As needed, with travel

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Dean's Office - CALS

About the Department:

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences works to fulfill the 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 12 academic departments. The college offers 19 bachelor’s degrees, 91 master’s degrees and 45 doctoral degrees. The 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 brings together the brightest minds in academia, government and industry to drive the vital research and innovation necessary to tackle agriculture and life sciences challenges. Award-winning researchers in the college are conducting bold, interdisciplinary research at the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative, Plants for Human Health Institute, Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, the North Carolina Food Innovation Lab, four University Field Labs and over 30 facilities on-campus and off-campus. In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, the college operates 18 agricultural research stations to test research in real-world scenarios under natural conditions.

Transforming science into solutions that enrich lives and grow North Carolina is at the heart of NC State Extension, housed in the college. NC State Extension is present in every county of the state, with 1,100 experts and a vast network of partnerships to extend the knowledge from our faculty to farmers, families and citizens. It delivers more than 17,000 educational activities statewide via nearly 8,000 programs. NC State Extension’s 4-H program addresses the diverse issues of today’s youth, helping to nurture healthier, more involved generations of future leaders. Extension also works alongside the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), N.C. A&T State University, local governments, and industry and community partners, to generate $2 billion in economic impact for North Carolina each year.

The college expended $306 million in FY 2021: the largest expense categories are Academic Affairs – $32 million, Agricultural Research – $69 million, Cooperative Extension – $57 million and Contracts and Grants – $91 million. In addition, college endowment assets were $303 million at the end of FY 2021.

Essential Job Duties:

The Opportunity: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 Position: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 dean is responsible for the following:

  • Providing strong, visionary leadership and strategic direction for the college;
  • Proactively leading the college’s extension and economic development activities;
  • Cultivating relationships and engendering trust with stakeholder groups in and outside of the university by listening to their concerns and working together to help develop solutions to real-world issues.;
  • Promoting a culturally responsive and inclusive environment, with a strong commitment to recruiting, retaining and supporting diverse faculty, staff and students;
  • Promoting a robust culture of interdisciplinary research, and building partnerships internal and external to the university;
  • Providing leadership in advancing the college’s academic excellence within the university as well as relative to state, national and international peers;
  • Representing the college within the university at a skilled, politically-astute level with respect to campus resources and issues;
  • Effectively linking educational programs within the college to the broader university culture and mission;
  • Building and sustaining a college leadership team that comprises considerable content expertise and operational effectiveness;
  • Understanding and managing the educational, political, and cultural dynamics of the university, the state and the UNC system;
  • Representing the diverse clientele, programs and interests of the college persuasively to both internal and external constituencies;
  • Engaging with internal and external constituencies regarding the development, implementation and evaluation of programs;
  • Efficiently managing the financial resources of the college and effectively advocating for resources;
  • Increasing public understanding and support for the university and college as a valuable contributor to the state’s and nation’s vitality and wellbeing;
  • Developing and implementing the college’s strategic plan aligned with Wolfpack 2030: Powering the Extraordinary;
  • Being a successful fundraiser and a visible, interactive participant in external-facing activities with alumni and donors; and
  • Openly communicating in a transparent manner that provides clarity in financial management and decision-making.

Other Responsibilities:

Balancing the demands of providing strong leadership and strategic direction for the College, the Dean will be called upon to: proactively lead the college’s extension and economic development activities; promote a robust culture of interdisciplinary research within the College and build partnerships and allies across the University; provide leadership in advancing the College’s academic excellence within the University as well as relative to national and international peers; advocate for sustainable funding in a challenging public fiscal environment; articulate a strategic plan in conjunction with faculty and executive leadership; promote a culturally aware and welcoming environment with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students; create and fulfill high expectations among the College’s academic leaders and faculty regarding student success; increase public understanding and support for the University and College as a contributor to the state’s and nation’s vitality and well-being; develop, clarify, and fulfill the College’s mission and vision; effectively link educational programs within the College to the broader University culture and mission; build and sustain a College leadership team that comprises considerable content expertise and operational effectiveness; respect and adhere to principles of fiduciary responsibility and stewardship of resources; and grasp and manage the educational, political, and cultural dynamics of the state, the University System, and the institution.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • A terminal degree in their field and qualifications for an appointment as a full professor with tenure in at least one of the departments within the college.
  • Significant experience and demonstrable skills in leading and managing progressive change in the complex environments within a modern land-grant university

Other Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following qualities or experience:

  • Evidence of working effectively and collaboratively with faculty, university administration, and other constituent groups and partners both within and outside the university;
  • Ability to play a key role in university leadership, advocating for the college and forging advantageous and strategic connections across colleges;
  • A deep understanding of current and emerging challenges and opportunities in agriculture and life sciences;
  • A clear commitment to excellence in research and scholarship;
  • Outstanding communication skills, including interpersonal, written, verbal, presentation and listening capabilities;
  • A proven record of success in setting priorities, allocating resources effectively and achieving specific goals;
  • An affinity for fundraising, and the ability to contribute to and lead relationship-based development efforts;
  • Ability to function in a complex, high-demand environment, balancing and executing internal and external responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives;
  • Have the ability to travel independently across the state to meet with extension personnel and industry/commodity groups.
  • Distinguished record of research, engagement, teaching and service; and
  • Experience in production agriculture

Preferred Qualifications:


Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Confidential review of applications will begin in April of 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Confidential review of applications will begin in April of 2022, 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 (position #00001601). General inquiries and nominations can be sent directly to NC State Executive Search Services: Frank Barragan, at (919) 515-4365 or [email protected] or Justin Lang, at (919) 513-1963 or [email protected].
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the contact information for at least three (3) professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:


Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Fire/Explosions, Mandatory - Medical Emergencies, Mandatory - Hazardous Material Incidents, Mandatory - Transportation Accidents, Mandatory - Evacuations/Natural Hazards, Mandatory - Utilities/Infrastructure Failure, Mandatory - Threats of Violence/Terrorism/Interpersonal Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

110102 - Dean's Office - CALS


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

NC State bldg in darkOur Centennial Campus, an award-winning public-private research campus, is home to more than 70 partner organizations working alongside more than 70 NC State research and academic units. Centennial is also the location of the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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