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Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

University of California, Davis

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University of California, Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Davis, California

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis), one of the top public research institutions in the world, seeks an exceptional leader and respected scholar to serve as the next Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ("the College" or "CA&ES"). Distinguished by the depth of its land-grant mission and global ambition, the College is at the forefront of research, teaching, and public service addressing the greatest challenges to humans and the environment. The next Dean will be poised to enhance the College's formidable reach and reputation. This is an unparalleled opportunity to impact the future of agriculture and the environment across the world.

CA&ES is dedicated to solving real-world problems in the agricultural, environmental, and human sciences to produce a better world, healthier lives, and an improved standard of living for everyone. An undisputed leader in basic and applied research, the College is ranked first in the U.S. and second in the world for agricultural sciences and forestry; first in the world for plant and animal sciences; first in the world for agricultural economics and policy research; and within the top 10 in agronomy, animal science, biodiversity education, ecology, entomology, environmental sciences, horticulture, human development, nutrition, soil science, and toxicology. CA&ES regularly engages with industry leaders and regulators on issues related to state and national policy, and the College's extension programs serve citizens and stakeholders statewide.

The College comprises three divisions (Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Human Sciences), 14 academic departments, and 20 centers and institutes. With approximately 380 faculty and roughly 730 staff, the College supports 30 undergraduate majors with enrollment of more than 7,400 undergraduate students, and has 23 graduate programs with enrollment of more than 1,000 graduate students. CA&ES facilities are located throughout the UC Davis campus, encompassing more than 1.4 million assignable square feet of building space in addition to approximately 2,300 acres of land used for agricultural research and teaching. Research support facilities include the Contained Research Facility; Genomics Facility; Agricultural and Environmental Informatics Facility; Long Term Research on Agricultural Systems; more than 160 greenhouses; and multiple field and animal facilities. There are also faculty located at UC research and extension centers and other off-campus research and field stations throughout California.

The Dean will advance the CA&ES mission by serving as the chief academic and administrative officer, with responsibility for leading and managing academic, research, and public service efforts. The Dean will be responsible for managing all College resources, including faculty and staff, physical facilities, and budget. The Dean will seek to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse student body, staff, and faculty, and will be responsible for implementing the UC Davis Principles of Community and putting them into practice at the College. The Dean also serves as the Associate Director for the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) at UC Davis. The mission of the AES is to conduct research for the purpose of developing new knowledge and technologies that address specific problems of importance to the people of California. The Dean has responsibility for meeting this mission through the management of its resources including faculty and staff, field facilities, and dedicated budget.

UC Davis is one of the nation's premier research universities, with academic and research excellence across a broad array of disciplines, an outstanding campus community, and a focus on sustainability. UC Davis is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and ranks 6th among public research universities nationwide, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Its academic program includes 10 colleges and schools, including those devoted to Letters and Science, Biological Science, Engineering, and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and graduate and professional schools in medicine, nursing, management, education, veterinary science, and law.

To be successful, the Dean will address a range of opportunities and challenges, including the following:
  • Develop a strategic vision for continued excellence and increased global impact
  • Sustain and grow the College's physical, human, and financial resources
  • Drive recruitment and retention of the most highly qualified faculty, and foster faculty success within a system of shared governance
  • Catalyze ongoing development of high-quality instruction, research, extension, and public service
  • Enhance the College's reputation and partnerships across UC Davis, California, and beyond
  • Inform state and national policy relating to food production, agriculture, nutrition, environment, natural resources, and economic and social issues
The University of California, Davis is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The full annual salary range for the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is $239,600 to $611,100. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers will be commensurate with a final candidate's qualifications and experience. The annual salary the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $400,000 to $475,000.

UC Davis has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw, Joe Kralick, Aku Ammah-Tagoe, Salem Adisu
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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