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Dean and Director/ Professor

Mississippi State University 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Dean/Director jointly reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President and the Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM). The Dean/Director serves along with the other Deans and Directors as a member of the University’s Academic Council and a member of the DAFVM senior management team, providing visionary leadership for planning, budgeting, and resource development. The Dean/Director is responsible for developing strategic goals for CFR/FWRC and evaluating programs, faculty, and staff within CFR/FWRC. The Dean/Director develops and maintains productive relationships with forestry producers, industry constituents, federal, state, and local government agencies, and organizations and associations concerned with forestry and natural resources and community development. The Dean/Director promotes diversity within CFR/FWRC with respect to faculty, staff, and students. The combined budget of CFR and FWRC is approximately $9 Million per year. The Dean/Director is responsible for internal oversight of these funds, seeking extramural funds, and external advocacy to enhance Foundation funding.

The Dean/Director works closely with the Director of the MSU Extension Service to maintain a collaborative partnership by integrating research and Extension programs throughout the state.


Candidates should have an earned doctorate in an appropriate area in forestry, natural resources, or a related field with credentials and experience to qualify for the rank of professor with tenure in a department within the College. The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with the academic, forestry, natural resources and business communities, industry constituents, and federal partners. A record of successful administrative leadership and achievement, including the acquisition of public and private resources to develop and expand strong programs is also required. Candidates should have substantial experience with a minimum of four years of significant administrative experience. The successful candidate should have a thorough familiarity and understanding of the land-grant system and the interrelationship between the teaching, research, and extension programs. The candidate must possess the vision and experience to lead a complex organization in developing and enhancing its research mission in service to the state, region, and nation as a premier research leader.

Instructions for Applying:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a letter of application that includes a statement of administrative philosophy emphasizing their ability to foster effective academic programs, expand research, and commit to the Division’s programs and student enrollment growth. Please include a complete curriculum vitae, including the names, addresses, and phone/email for five references. Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon the candidate’s approval. Application review will begin August 23, 2021 and continue until a successful candidate is identified. Nominations of outstanding potential candidates are welcome.


Nominations, applications and inquiries should be sent to:

Kent Hoblet, Dean College of Veterinary Medicine
Misssissippi State University

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Posted July 13, 2021

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