Search for Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Now Underway

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An open search for the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is now underway.

As previously noted, Dean Rich Linton will step down February 15 to become the president of Kansas State University. John Dole, associate dean and director for academic programs, will serve as interim dean effective February 16.

The nomination committee is chaired by Dean Louis Martin-Vega of the College of Engineering. The other committee members each represent a group of college constituents including faculty from each department (representing teaching, research and extension), department heads, administration, EHRA non-faculty staff, SHRA staff, students and the NC Agricultural Foundation, as well as representatives from external stakeholder groups. Committee members are:

  • Timothy Humphrey, Member, NC State Board of Trustees
  • Jon Allen, Professor, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
  • Lauren Anderson, Graduate Student, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Carolyn Bird, Professor, Agricultural and Human Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Francois Birgand, Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Kathryn Boys, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • JoAnn Burkholder, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Applied Ecology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Sydney Cowan, Undergraduate Student, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Lori Davis, Staff Senator and North Central District Administrative Associate, NC State Extension, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Owen Duckworth, Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Garey Fox, Head and Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Remi Ham, Assistant Teaching Professor, Horticultural Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Shawn Harding, President, NC Farm Bureau Federation
  • Paul Mozdziak, Professor, Prestage Department of Poultry Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Sonia Murphy, President, NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., and Assistant Dean for College Advancement, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Adrian Percy, Executive Director, NC Plant Sciences Initiative
  • Erica Peterson, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, NC Agribusiness Council
  • Marcela Rojas Pierce, Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology
  • Melanie Simpson, Head and Professor, Molecular and Structural Biology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Sandy Stewart, Assistant Commissioner, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Shweta Trivedi, Teaching Associate Professor, Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Sara Villani, Assistant Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Rebecca Zuvich, Assistant Dean for Human Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Executive Search Services in NC State’s Human Resources division will be working alongside the committee on the search. Kelly Wick will be managing the search for the Provost’s Office.

The nomination committee will hold its first meeting in the next two weeks and will continue to work during the spring semester. Finalist candidate interviews and open forums will be held in late spring 2022. Stay up to date on the search by visiting the search page on the Provost’s Office website or go.ncsu.edu/cals-search.

The Provost’s Office will hold four listening sessions to hear what the college and its stakeholders are looking for in the next dean. Information regarding those sessions will be shared next week.

This post was originally published in Provost's Office News.