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Dean, Hutson School of Agriculture

Murray State University
Murray, KY

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Posting Number:


Job Title:

Dean, Hutson School of Agriculture

Type of Employment:

Regular Full-Time

Work Location:

Murray, KY

Employment Term:

12 Months

Position Type:

Faculty (Tenure-Track)


VP for Academic Affairs

Summary of Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Murray State University (MSU) is seeking the next Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture (HSOA). The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the HSOA, with responsibility for leading the academic, research, and outreach missions of the School and the management of its resources, including faculty and staff, physical facilities, and budget. The Dean will oversee the HSOA’s educational, outreach, and research programs that address the needs of its constituents and provide quality educational programs, innovative hands-on practical research, and impactful service and engagement.

The Breathitt Veterinary CenterThe Breathitt Veterinary Center, part of Murray State’s Hutson School of Agriculture, is a nationally preeminent Level 1 animal disease diagnostic laboratory dedicated to protecting the invaluable assets of the region’s equine, livestock and poultry industries by providing the fastest, most accurate and most dependable animal disease diagnostic services possible. The center offers a broad range of tests for diagnostic services primarily to the livestock, poultry and equine industries of Kentucky and bordering states of Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and Indiana. The center also provides valuable educational and experiential learning opportunities for Murray State students who are pursuing degrees through the Hutson School of Agriculture.

The Rudolph Equine Education CenterThe Equine Instructional Facility, located at the Equine Center, opened its doors on October 31, 1998, and houses the Murray State Equine Science departmental offices, a riding preparation area, two tack rooms, a round pen, indoor arena and a classroom. In 2013, an additional classroom, offices, and meeting areas were created to house the growing program. The University’s Equine Program allows students both traditional classroom learning experiences as well as hands-on opportunities in the areas of equine health care and business management, reproduction, exercise physiology, nutrition, and an equine chiropractic specialty option. In addition, there are opportunities for students to be involved with the Intercollegiate Horse Show teams, both hunt seat and stock seat, the Rodeo Team and the Dressage Club. All teams are involved in various competitions throughout the academic year.

The Center for Agricultural HempIn 2014, the Hutson School of Agriculture planted the first legal agricultural hemp research plot in the state of Kentucky. The university was cited by Congressman James Comer as the first university in the nation to participate in the hemp pilot program. Since, then our interest and research into hemp has only grown. In 2019, Murray State University established the Center for Agricultural hemp, which is held in partnership with several Foundational and Sponsoring Partners. The center is administered through the Hutson School of Agriculture and allows the university to provide opportunities for research, education, policy, and innovation within the hemp industry to our students and agribusinesses. The Murray State Center for Agricultural Hemp is a national leader in agricultural hemp development cementing its position in the forefront as a leader in research, education, policy and innovation within the hemp industry.
The Dean is a member of the Council of Deans and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the HSOA. Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a key leader and spokesperson for the School’s endeavors in agriculture regionally, statewide and nationally;
  • Providing leadership in developing the vision and strategic planning activities associated with the growth and development of the School;
  • Providing leadership in sustaining and seeking additional resources from revenue generating programs and advancement efforts in coordination with external stakeholders;
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse and excellent faculty and staff committed to positively impacting student performance;
  • Leading faculty to develop and improve high-quality academic programs, research initiatives, and outreach and service endeavors;
  • Representing the HSOA to the campus and University administration, state agencies, national legislative committees, agricultural organizations such as the Kentucky Agricultural Council, alumni, media, constituent groups, and the general public;
  • Managing the HSOA’s resources and personnel including faculty, staff, physical facilities and budget, including allocating resources to facilitate the successful recruitment and retention of students;
  • Expanding relationships with key stakeholder groups including agricultural industries, public agencies, and professional associations;
  • Partnering with MSU’s academic deans and university leadership in coordinating activities to achieve the University’s strategic goals.

Minimum Education Requirements:

Candidates for the position will possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with an appointment as full professor with tenure in the School.

Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:

Successful candidates will exhibit:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and at least three years of prior successful administrative experience as a dean, assistant dean, department chair or equivalent administrative/leadership service;
  • A demonstrated ability for leadership and management, including excellent organizational, strategic planning, supervisory, and problem-solving skills;
  • The ability to develop new and existing relationships between the HSOA and key stakeholders to inspire excitement and advance its fundraising efforts;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with constituencies both internal and external to the University; an effective communicator with a high level of integrity and emotional intelligence;
  • Knowledge and understanding of budgeting, financial controls, fiscal interests and issues;
  • A proven track record of engaging external stakeholders in addressing complex issues impacting the agricultural community; experience building partnerships, trust, and confidence within these stakeholder groups;
  • The ability to work with faculty to develop a programmatic vision for the future in an environment of shared governance;
  • The ability to function well as part of the campus leadership team in leading the School;
  • The skills and the capacity to bring individuals and groups with diverse views to consensus and common action;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to build and enhance relationships with the staff, community and various constituent groups;
  • A high level of integrity and ethics;
  • The ability to lead by example and hold themselves and others to a high standard;
  • Knowledge of government policy, advocacy organizations, and legislative processes that influence and affect agriculture, natural resources, and environmental sciences.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Along with the application, the following items must be included:

  • Letter of application explaining how the candidate meets the qualifications specified in this announcement
  • Curriculum Vitae

For best consideration, please submit a completed application along with all required materials by March 2, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


For 100 years Murray State University has served students from the region, the nation and the world. Founded in 1922, the University has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to 9,500 today. Murray State blends educational opportunities found at research institutions with collaborative interactions among students, faculty and staff found at smaller universities.  Students receive personalized attention from supportive faculty and staff as the University offers a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.


Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities.  Murray State embraces diversity in the workplace and values attracting, developing and maintaining a diverse, high-quality faculty, staff, and student body. The University endeavors to create and promote a culturally diverse community to be accepting of and sensitive to diversity in its many varied forms. Murray State has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1928. 

Recent Accolades: 

  • U.S. News & World Report (32 consecutive years as a top-tier university) and top 10 in south region for Top Public Schools, Best Value and Best College for Veterans 
  • Washington Monthly Best Bang for the Buck
  • G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School 
  • Forbes Best Employers List



Located in the west Kentucky region, Murray State is a public, comprehensive University with four colleges (business; science, engineering and technology; humanities and fine arts; education and human services)– and two schools (agriculture; nursing and health professions).  The University's 236-acre main campus is located in Murray, Kentucky and offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, professional instruction, as well as continuing education programs. Faculty and staff of Murray State University have access to a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement, tuition waivers, paid holidays, vacation and sick time, as well as many other benefit offerings.


The city of Murray, located in Calloway County, offers a low cost of living, low property taxes, and a four-season climate. Murray has a friendly, small-town atmosphere with locally-owned specialty shops and restaurants, an acclaimed community theater, art guild and award-winning public schools. The area is home to Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes, a 170,000-acre National Recreation Area, which offers a wide-range of activities and amenities for residents and visitors alike. Located in close proximity to major cities and nearby access to Interstate 24, Murray is just a few hours from Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville and Memphis. 

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