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West Virginia University invites nominations and applications for an innovative and charismatic leader as we search for the Dean of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. As a land-grant institution, WVU seeks candidates who have a comprehensive resume of success in academic leadership roles. Successful candidates should demonstrate exceptional skills and experience that will enable them to lead a research and educational enterprise across multiple entities and support the conversion of discoveries and inventions into practical technologies, products and services at the local, national and global level. We are searching for a leader who is committed to advancing diversity and enhancement of the student experience.

As the University embarks upon the process of selecting the next Dean, this site will provide timely updates and relevant information about the process. A selection of trustees, faculty, staff and alumni have been appointed to the Search Committee to help guide the process, and the national firm Greenwood / Asher & Associates, Inc. has been retained as a Deanship Transition partner to assist both the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees moving forward.

WVU is committed to ensuring a highly collaborative process that is informed with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community at large.

If you have questions or comments about the search, please email jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com or loriharrington@greenwoodsearch.com


If you have any questions about the search process, contact Gregory Dunaway, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and search committee chair at gregory.dunaway@mail.wvu.edu.

Search Progression

Announcement
Planning
Recruiting
Evaluation
Selection
Appointment

Announcement

  • Search announced
  • Search Committee named and charged
  • Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. (G/A&A) selected to support the Search Committee

Planning

  • Search Start-up Meeting - Search Committee and G/A&A meet to discuss search process and profile
  • Feedback incorporated into position description

Recruiting

  • Position advertisement and job description drafted and distributed
  • Requests for nominations and recommendations
  • Nominees and prospects are contacted
  • Applications received and reviewed
  • Prospect Review Meeting held - Search Committee discusses all candidates and selects leading candidates

Evaluation

  • Round-One Interviews - Search Committee interviews leading candidates
  • Reference and background checks
  • Search Committee recommends and selects candidates for additional interviews

Selection

  • Campus interviews
  • Selection and signing of contract
  • Transition considerations

Appointment

  • Announce search completion and introduce hired candidate

Dean, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

West Virginia University invites nominations and applications for an innovative and charismatic leader as we search for the Dean of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. As a land-grant institution, WVU seeks candidates who have a comprehensive resume of success in academic leadership roles. Successful candidates should demonstrate exceptional skills and experience that will enable them to lead a research and educational enterprise across multiple entities and support the conversion of discoveries and inventions into practical technologies, products and services at the local, national and global level. We are searching for a leader who is committed to advancing diversity and enhancement of the student experience

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost. The dean will maintain a culture that emphasizes meritocratic openness to talent and ideas from all over the world, vibrant intellectual exchange, and interdisciplinary collaborations around complex societal problems, such as energy, water, food, transportation, security, health, environmental quality, and economic development.

The College has been central to the major transformation of the institution, and the dean provides the dynamic leadership necessary to foster intellectual curiosity and synergies of innovation throughout the undergraduate and graduate programs. The dean will be responsible for providing effective support to faculty research efforts and the attraction of funding from a variety of agencies and industries to support it.

The faculty and staff in the College are dedicated to providing students with a first-rate education that instills strong, basic knowledge for sound practice in agriculture, natural resources and design.
 

The dean will provide outstanding leadership and have primary responsibility for the academic excellence, administration and outreach of the College. In addition, experience in the creation of entrepreneurial and fundraising activities, the development of centers of excellence, the establishment and cultivation of interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives. The management of a complex, academic unit underpinned by collegiality and inclusiveness is also expected.


Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate must have:

  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field or an equivalent degree.
  • Credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the College's schools.
  • A proven leader and talented administrator.
  • A deep commitment to excellence in research, teaching and outreach.
  • A clear ability to use good judgment and make sound decisions.
  • A leadership style that invites collaboration, encourages teamwork, welcomes diverse perspectives and values transparency.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage change, resolve conflict and build consensus.
  • Superior interpersonal and communications skills, including tactfulness, a high level of emotional intelligence and concern for others, and the ability to navigate controversy gracefully and treat all people with civility and respect.
  • The ability to sustain vigorous research and educational enterprise through visionary leadership and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Preferred Qualifications

    • Demonstrated experience at a research university and success as a researcher committed to the search for new knowledge.
    • Demonstrated capability to support research at the student and faculty levels, and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.
    • The ability to effectively navigate policies and procedures in the state of West Virginia.
    • A robust understanding of the process required for gaining extramural research funding.
    • Demonstrated success as an educator and a genuine appreciation of, and good rapport with students.
    • Experience with academic program innovation and enrollment growth strategies.
    • Understanding and respect for the varied programs and disciplines within the Davis College.
    • Experience with international affairs as it relates to academic programming, student recruitment, and research collaboration.
    • The ability to imagine new possibilities for the college, develop and articulate a vision, and develop and implement effective strategic plans, including the ability to translate institutional strategy into operational goals, and to specify and prioritize short and long-range objectives.
    • Experience as an agent of innovation and change achieving excellence across a complex organization.
    • A demonstrable track-record of administrative achievement that gives strong evidence of his or her capacity to manage a complex college, including its budget, workforce, and programs.
    • The skills to navigate the organizational, political, and fiscal realities unique to a major public research university, and to make changes to improve current practice, including effective advocacy for the resources required to uphold mandates and achieve aspirations.
    • Familiarity with the distinctive features of, and opportunities for a land-grant institution - particularly as it pertains to the state and region.
    • Demonstrated capability to manage professional and support staff effectively, including hiring, motivating, training, developing and evaluating the job performance of employees.
    • A strong record of accomplishment promoting diversity, including assessing needs, developing initiatives and applying best practices.
    • The ability to recruit and retain highly desirable research and instructional faculty in a competitive environment.
    • The ability to work productively and cooperatively with stakeholders, administrators, faculty, students, staff, educators and community leaders as partners to advance the University’s research, teaching, engagement, outreach and service missions.
    • Significant experience with outreach, cross-organizational cooperation and extension services.
    • Experience and/or the clear potential to represent the College articulately and compellingly to external constituencies, enhancing the visibility and impact of its work while increasing gifts, funded research and other mission-aligned revenue.
    • The ability to develop and maintain an active alumni network.
    • Strong written, oral and interpersonal skills; the ability to communicate the College’s needs, plans and programs effectively.

      Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting West Virginia University in the search. Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by November 30, 2019. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. A complete application will include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position’s duties, responsibilities and qualifications; a current resume or curriculum vitae; and a list of names of five references (including titles, institutions and contact information). Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.

      Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:


      Jan Greenwood or Lori Harrington
      Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
      42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
      Miramar Beach, FL 32550

      Phone: 850.650.2277 / Fax: 850.650.2272

      E-mail:  jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com

      E-mail:  loriharrington@greenwoodsearch.com

      Search Committee Members

      • Gregory Dunaway - Dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and Search Committee Chair
      • Mary Beth Adams - Visiting Committee / Visiting Research Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources
      • Kimberly Barnes - Associate Professor / Coordinator of Biochemistry
      • Peter Butler - Chairperson / Director / Associate Professor ofDesign and Community Development
      • Cindy Fitch - Associate Dean of WVU Extension Programming and Research
      • Kathryn Gazal - Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources
      • Joseph Hatton - Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture / Adjunct Associate Professor of Natural Resource Economics
      • Margaret Minch - Teaching Professor of Animal and Nutritional Sciences
      • Joseph Moritz - Professor of Animal and Nutritional Sciences
      • Douglas Mugabe - Graduate Research Assistant of Natural Resource Economics
      • Lee Mullet - Teaching Assistant Professor / Program Coordinator of Design and Community Development
      • Daniel Panaccione - Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences
      • Todd Petty - Associate Dean of Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
      • Barry Stephens - Academic Advisor of Division of Resource Economics and Management