Public forums concluded
Nov. 14, 2013: CA&ES dean candidate public forums concluded
From the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Public forums with four outstanding candidates for the position of dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have concluded.
Michael Lairmore, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Joy Mench, professor, Animal Science, are co-chairs of the recruitment advisory committee for this search. They, along with the full recruitment advisory committee, and with the assistance of Alberto Pimentel, from the national executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, identified the candidates after a full and open search process. The advisory committee unanimously agreed on the top four candidates to be invited for campus visits.
As part of the interview process, the campus community and external communities were invited to the public forums, one for each candidate, where each addressed the topic: “Vision and Opportunities for the College to Address the Needs of Society, Education and Research in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” A moderated question-and-answer session followed each presentation.
This is an exciting time for UC Davis. Your participation in this process is strongly encouraged and your feedback is very important in helping us select our next dean.
Chancellor Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Hexter welcome comments on the candidates. Those comments should be sent no later than 48 hours after the final candidate’s public forum, by email. This is a dedicated email account for this search; the comments go only go to Chancellor Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Hexter. So please use this confidential email address to send your comments.
Search for dean of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[UPDATE: On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Chancellor Linda Katehi announced Helene Dillard as the next dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. You can read more here. Helene Dillard's CV can be viewed here.]
UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for the new dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
For this search, the university will convene town hall meetings as a first step in the recruitment process so that members of the UC Davis community have an opportunity to ask questions about the process and offer advice about the desired qualifications for candidates. Information gathered at these meetings will be used to develop position profiles to use in recruiting candidates.
The campus has established both an internal search committee and an external advisory committee to guide the search and recruitment, which officials are aiming to conclude by April.
Neal Van Alfen stepped down as dean in August to return to his faculty position in the Department of Plant Pathology. Associate Dean Mary Delany, a distinguished avian geneticist, is serving as interim dean.
The recruitment advisory committee, chaired by Michael Lairmore, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, and co-chaired by animal science professor Joy Mench, is composed primarily of faculty, staff and students. Recruitment advisory committee roster (PDF).
In addition, to ensure that the search is informed by the opinions of UC Davis’ external stakeholders, the campus has formed an external advisory committee (PDF), comprising representatives from the agricultural and environmental communities, industry and government. The committee is co-chaired by Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Howard Shapiro, chief agricultural officer for Mars Inc. Ross and Shapiro also serve on the recruitment advisory committee.
The dean serves as the college’s chief academic and administrative officer, with responsibility for its academic and outreach leadership, as well as management of its resources, including faculty and staff, physical facilities and budget. The dean also oversees cutting-edge research and top-ranked education programs, addressing critical issues related to agriculture and food systems, the environment, and human and social sciences.
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the campus’s oldest college, today is home to 15 departments that comprise three divisions: Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Human Sciences. It also is home to numerous research centers and institutes.
Town hall meetings will be February 4. The external constituent group town hall meeting(s) will be posted as they are scheduled, as will the position profile when is it completed.
Alberto Pimentel of the national executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is assisting the recruitment committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position. Advertisements for the position will be placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education and with other leading organizations.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to send comments about the qualifications that the university should be looking for in candidates for this position. Emails should be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position profile (PDF)
Request for nominations (PDF)
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