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Update on Search for Next Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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On April 7, 2022, College of Engineering Dean Louis Martin-Vega shared an update on the search for the next dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The college is seeking referrals for outstanding candidates from a broad background of perspectives and experiences, and we encourage you to share information about the position and send recommendations for ideal candidates. 

Please see the complete update below, and visit the CALS Dean Search web page for more updates.

From Dean Louis Martin-Vega

I’m writing to provide you with an update on the search for the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Provost Arden and I want to be transparent and keep you informed throughout this search process.

The position was posted in late March with advertisements placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The nomination committee met on January 27 for the initial charge meeting and then participated in four listening sessions with external stakeholders and college faculty and staff.

The university seeks a leader committed to expanding the college’s foundation of groundbreaking research and scholarship, promoting a strong reputation of service, outreach and extension, and boldly opening up the college to additional areas of national renown. This leader must understand the college’s role in creating social and economic prosperity for the state, nation and world through agriculture and life sciences discovery, learning and engagement.

We also seek to attract and review a diverse candidate pool. The committee received training on conducting an equitable and inclusive hiring process and has been tasked with reaching out to colleagues for input on diverse candidates. I encourage you to share the job prospectus and send recommendations on potential ideal candidates for recruitment.

The committee will meet on April 18 to further discuss recruitment as well as recommendations provided at the listening sessions to ensure a robust applicant pool.

The provost and I value your input on this search. We will post this and other updates on the search website, which can be found here or at