Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Morgantown


West Virginia University (WVU) invites nominations and applications for an innovative and charismatic leader as 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 and who can demonstrate exceptional skills and experience that will enable them to lead a research and educational enterprise across multiple entities, committed to supporting the conversion of discoveries and inventions into practical technologies, products, and services at the local, national and global level. WVU is searching for a leader who is committed to advancing diversity and the 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 for the conduct of research and the attraction of funding from a variety of agencies and industries to support it.

The faculty and staff in the Davis 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, development of centers of excellence, the establishment and cultivation of interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives and the management of a complex, academic unit underpinned by collegiality and inclusiveness is also expected.

Minimum Qualifications

- A Ph.D. in a relevant field, or an equivalent degree.
- Credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in one of Davis College’s.
- A proven leader and talented administrator.
- A profound sense of integrity and professionalism.
- A deep commitment to excellence.
- 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 communication 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 a 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 with respect to 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 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 and cross-organizational cooperation.
- 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. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For full consideration, materials should be provided by August 31, 2019. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position’s 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 Lori Harrington

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Telephone: 850.650.2277 / Fax: 850.650.2272



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