Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

University of Delaware

The University of Delaware invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is responsible for the leadership of the College including the development, operations, and sustained excellence of all education, research and extension programs across the college, departments, interdisciplinary centers and institutes, Cooperative Extension, and the Agricultural Experiment Station. With strong support from the University, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to fulfilling the tripartite mission synonymous with that of all land-grant universities – the generation, translation, and dissemination of knowledge in the public interest. 

The University of Delaware seeks an experienced and passionate leader who, as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will work with internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement a vision and strategy for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources that prioritizes positive impacts on students, the State of Delaware, and the world through teaching, research, and extension. 

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a unique opportunity with the next dean to leverage existing resources (financial, physical, human) and elevate CANR and UD through a commitment to a tripartite mission of teaching, research, and extension. The next dean will: build and strengthen relationships with external stakeholders; further develop and support strengths in interdisciplinary research and education; and provide a vision for the future of agricultural and natural resources education, research and outreach in Delaware and beyond.

The State of Delaware is uniquely positioned geographically with valuable agricultural production, significant development pressures, and ecosystems impacted by climate change through sea-level rise, saltwater intrusion, and changing weather patterns. This nexus of conditions provides an opportunity for UD and CANR to lead the nation in providing scientific, policy, and technical solutions to mitigate these threats, as well as create future leaders to innovate and implement those solutions to build a sustainable agricultural and natural resources system in collaboration with Delaware’s agriculture industry and policymakers. In addition, CANR’s facilities and core competencies position the University as a leader in One Health, considering human, animal, and environmental health as an integrated whole, consistent with the motto of the College: “Feed the World, Protect the Planet.” 

For additional information about the position and the College please review the formal Position Specification.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately, and will continue until an appointment is made. The University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications. To be ensured of full consideration, interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae along with a bullet point summary of key accomplishments in each leadership role held. The University of Delaware has retained Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman, and Charles E. Kaler of Education Executives, LLC to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent via e-mail to:

Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman & Charles E. Kaler
Education Executives, LLC

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