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Department Chair - College of Veterinary Medicine

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Department Chair - College of Veterinary Medicine

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Jan 22, 2024

Strategically located midway between Atlanta and Charlotte on the I-85 economic corridor, Clemson University is the land-grant university of South Carolina and, according to U.S. News & World Report, ranks #27 among the country’s top national public universities. The University has nearly 23,400 students (including nearly 18,600 undergraduates) who can select from 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs. Clemson employs over 1,150 full-time faculty and has an annual budget expenditure of over $900 million. Clemson University maintains its status as an R1 research university while maintaining a strong focus on undergraduate education.

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is currently seeking accreditation by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) to offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree to approximately 80 students per cohort starting in 2026 (pending approval). CVM plans to utilize a distributive model of education for students’ fourth year clinical experience. Its brand-new state of the art main campus will reside in Pendleton, SC, near the T. Ed Garrison Arena, will house research and teaching labs, and utilize both ambulatory services as well as teaching sites at the Clemson University Equine Center, Lamaster Dairy Cattle Center, and other locations for education in the field.

Reporting directly to the Dean, the Chair of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Sciences is a key leadership position in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Department Chair serves as a member of the Dean’s leadership team and is a member of the college’s executive committee. Clemson University’s strategic plan strives to deliver the “No. 1 student experience in the nation, where every student thrives.” The Department Chair is critical to the successful implementation of this plan. In this role the Department Chair will have principal oversight of all faculty activities in the CVM. Areas of oversight include:

  • Academic Leadership: Lead and guide the department's faculty in their scholarship and academic pursuits, their contributions to pre-clinical and clinical teaching in the Professional DVM Program, and their ongoing efforts in the development and implementation of the new curriculum.
  • Fulfill the Department's Mission: Ensure the department excels in teaching, research, clinical practice, and community outreach through the support and guidance of our dedicated faculty, staff, and trainees.
  • Department Budget: Develop and manage the departmental budget.
  • Personnel Planning: Develop and maintain a strategic personnel plan that addresses current academic, research, and teaching needs while also considering potential succession planning.
  • Promote a Culture of Collaboration: Model and foster an environment of collegiality, professional citizenship, and collaboration to encourage team science, team teaching, and shared governance.
  • Uphold our Values: Through intervention and coaching, proactively address circumstances where college values are not met, to ensure a collaborative, collegial, and inclusive environment where our faculty, staff, and trainees can work, serve, and learn.
  • Mentor and Develop: Assess, review, support, and mentor faculty and staff, fostering their professional growth and career advancement.
  • Faculty Reviews: Oversee and be actively engaged in the annual performance review of faculty and the processes and procedures for faculty appointments, promotion, tenure, and reappointment.
  • Strategic Planning: Advance departmental strategic planning to identify, prioritize, and implement initiatives.
  • Manage Effectively: Oversee departmental administrative processes, such as recruitment, policy development, and committee management, to ensure the department's efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ensure Compliance: Provide guidance and clarification regarding external, university, college, and department policies and procedures to uphold compliance and accountability.
  • Contribute to Teaching and Research: Maintain your own role as a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Sciences, engaging in teaching, research, and outreach as appropriate.
  • Advancement: Work collaboratively with the college’s Advancement Team (fundraising, alumni affairs, marketing/communications, continuing education, and external relations) to promote the activities and initiatives of the department and foster and advance a culture of philanthropy.


A DVM or equivalent degree, faculty experience at the Associate or Professor level in a college of veterinary medicine and board certification or a PhD are required. The Department Chair will serve as an innovative and strategic thinker who can build consensus amongst a diverse faculty, supporting faculty initiatives in curricular development, and creating a cohesive and collaborative culture for the evaluation and ongoing revision of the DVM program. Important to these requirements are excellent communication skills and the recognition that the profession needs to incorporate changes in modern pedagogy, technology, patient demographics and workforce structure.

The Department Chair must have the ability to:

  • work independently as well as part of a team and possess exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • prioritize and manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and function independently with limited supervision and guidance.
  • work with faculty and staff from multiple disciplines and functions across the college and university.
  • demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications include experience in:

  • veterinary medical education at the institutional level, preferably working in the development, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of an education program leading to the DVM degree.
  • developing, sustaining, and enhancing programs that keep pace with changes in veterinary education.
  • implementing technology to support classroom and clinical learning for contemporary veterinary students and/or support the acquisition of clinical knowledge and patient management skills in simulated or authentic clinical teaching settings.

Application Instructions:

Applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Department Chair is selected. Interested parties must apply electronically in Interfolio  and submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references by February 15th to assure full consideration.

For questions regarding this position, please email Brennan Ledford, Executive Talent Partner at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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