Prefers an earned terminal degree and evidence of scholarly, professional, or creative achievement sufficient to qualify for tenure as a full professor in one of the units at the institute; demonstrated administrative leadership in higher education or comparable leadership experience. Candidates outside higher education with deep industry experience are also considered.



Requires an understanding of the University’s mission as a public, research, land grant university; demonstrated knowledge of and a history of commitment to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and diversity, and intercultural education; ability to represent the University to external audiences, including government, industry, and alumni groups; exceptional communication and development skills and the ability to work collegially with a wide variety of constituencies.  Requires demonstrated deep and contemporary experience leading a complex and comprehensive organization; a personal history of teaching and research commensurate with faculty status at a major research university.  Requires a broad knowledge of agriculture, natural resources, veterinary medicine and outreach activities.  Requires excellent oral, written and other communications skills; computer literacy; ability to multi-task and the ability to travel
frequently, sometimes out-of-state.



The SVC/SVP will have significant knowledge and understanding of higher education.  Specific skills include:

  • commitment to quality and integrity.
  • innovative and forward-thinking.
  • demonstrated leadership skills and abilities.
  • proven ability to work across complex organizations and lead diverse teams.
  • demonstrated success in decision-making and leading change.
  • exceptional listening skills.
  • a broad knowledge of agriculture, natural resources, veterinary medicine and outreach activities.
  • demonstrated leadership and abilities in the administration of higher education agricultural, natural resources, and/or veterinary medicine programs, with substantive experience, preferably in a large public and/or land grant institution within a multi-campus environment.
  • ability to mobilize volunteers and stakeholders for the enhancement of the university.
  • demonstrated ability and skills in securing extramural funding.
  • exceptional skills in communications and interpersonal relations.
  • demonstrated ability to forge successful relationships and partnerships.
  • knowledge of and commitment to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.
  • ability to establish high expectations, willingness to delegate effectively, and ability to hold direct reports accountable.
  • skilled decision-maker, with transparency in decision-making and management.
  • excellent oral, written and presentation skills; exceptional listening skills.
  • ability to multi-task.
  • ability to travel frequently.  



The SVC/SVP will exhibit qualities of emotional maturity, humility, collegiality, genuineness, self-confidence, common sense, judgment, fairness, creativity, discretion, decisiveness, political acumen, diplomacy, tact, resiliency, adaptability, courage of convictions and tolerance for ambiguity.  Demonstrated behavioral expectations include:

  • unquestioned integrity and trustworthiness.
  • strong commitment to excellence, integrity, and transparency.
  • commitment to the University’s mission and strategic vision, as well as missions and strategic plans for each campus/institute.
  • ability to make sound, consistent and fair evidence-informed decisions.
  • ability to lead and work with cross-functional teams and to foster teamwork.


Apply or Nominate

For priority consideration, please forward a CV or resume, letter of interest, or nominations of appropriate candidates before December 6, 2021 to:

Paul H.L. Chou & Rosa Morris
Global Education Practice
Korn Ferry