Vice President of Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture

Montana State University in Montana

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 5, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Montana State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Agriculture (VPA) and Dean of the College of Agriculture.


The VPA is responsible for developing and implementing a statewide strategic vision for all of the universitys teaching, research, and service activities relating to agriculture and for developing and coordinating all resources in support of that vision. The VPA also serves as the Dean of the College of Agriculture, and in that role reports to the Provost, and as the Director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES), and in that role reports to the President. As the senior academic and administrative officer of the College of Agriculture, this administrator is responsible for setting strategic, operational, and financial directions of the College and has overall responsibilities for growing and managing resources and maintaining an effective collegial environment to support excellence in teaching, research, and outreach. The Vice President is expected to be a leader within the University, and represents the College at the state and national levels to external constituents including the Montana State Legislature. In addition, as the Director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, this individual is responsible for growing, evaluating, assessing, and approving its programs and projects, and administering to the State of Montana Seed Lab.


Montana State University is located in the mountain city of Bozeman, Montana, and enrolls approximately 15,000 students in more than 125 programs in the humanities, arts, natural sciences, and social sciences.  In addition to the College of Agriculture, the University has colleges of Arts & Architecture, Business, Engineering, Letters & Science, Nursing, and Education, Health & Human Development.


The College of Agriculture comprises six academicdepartments: Agricultural Economics and Economics, Animal and Range Sciences, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, and the Department of Research Centers; as well as the Division of Agricultural Education, and will include the new cooperative program in Veterinary Medicine. With the Colleges blend of on and off-campus learning, and discovery and outreach programs through federal/state partnerships with the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES), it supports seven research centers including: the Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching Farm, just west of the main campus; three off-campus research ranches that focus on livestock, rangeland, wildlife and grazing investigations; and one of only three wool research labs in the United States.


MAESs activities are comprehensively integrated with the College and its teaching, research, and service functions as it addresses agricultural, molecular biology and immunology, natural resources, environmental, policy, and societal issues as defined by the departments organized across research areas. In addition, the College supports an active Extension Service with 13Specialists and 3 Associate Specialists in departments within the College of Agriculture; and is also proud of its student-run vegetable garden, Townes Harvest Garden, which offers shares to community members, partners with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, and raises awareness about the value of locally grown food.


The College in 2013  enrolled  1028 students,with 880 studying in one of 11 undergraduate degree programs and 148 in 9 masters and 4 doctoral degree programs from 5 departments and 1 division. Doctoral degree programs are offeredin Animal and Range Sciences, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Plant Science, and a co-college Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The College has an annual operating budget of $45 million dollars, 108 tenure-track faculty,34non-tenure-track faculty,and 240 staff.


Minimum qualifications include an appropriate Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree, significant experience in academic leadership, a thorough understanding of the needs of today and tomorrows agricultural community, and a record of substantive professional accomplishments in the field. The successful candidate possesses a teaching and research record commensurate with the rank of full professor as well as strong credentials in managing academic programs. In addition, the applicant will demonstrate strong innovative and entrepreneurial leadership, experience with interdisciplinary research and outreach programs, as well as collaborative, interpersonal, and proven resource development skills.


Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Montana State University in the search.  Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  For full consideration, materials should be provided as soon as possible. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidates experiences match the positions duties, responsibilities and qualifications, an academic curriculum vitae and contact information for at least five references.  Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Individuals wishing to place names in nomination should submit electronically a letter of nomination to include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee.


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

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Phone: 850.650.2277Fax: 850.650.2272



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Montana State University is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.