Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Washington State University

Search for the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Pullman, Washington


Washington State University (WSU), a research-intensive and innovative land grant university, seeks an ambitious, creative, and visionary leader to serve as Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). The CAHNRS Dean is a highly visible and influential leader in agricultural, human, and natural resource sciences in the State of Washington, nationally, and internationally and the school itself has been on an impressive upward trajectory for the last several years. CAHNRS serves the diverse and varied individuals, communities, businesses, agriculture systems, natural resources, and landscapes of the State of Washington. The incoming Dean will lead the College and WSU Extension in formulating the College’s strategic vision and increasing its visibility, influence, and impact.


The Dean will play a critical and leading role as WSU expands its land-grant mission of serving the people of Washington and serving as the state’s doorway to the global business and learning community. CAHNRS provides leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating evidence-based knowledge through high quality research, teaching, partnerships, and extension programs that contribute to a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the health, development, and wellbeing of people and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS includes 16 academic units, 11 subject matter centers, four large research and extension centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices distributed across Washington, with approximately 550 faculty, 700 staff, 2,300 undergraduate students, and 600 graduate students.


The successful Dean will be a visionary leader and experienced administrator prepared to serve as a visible and vocal advocate and spokesperson for CAHNRS, WSU Extension, the College’s external partners across the State, and the WSU system. The Dean will: (1) engage the College’s stakeholders in formulating a strategic vision for the future of the College; (2) possess the ability to advance excellence in the fields within the College; and (3) build and grow mutually beneficial partnerships across the University system and throughout the State of Washington. To achieve these goals, the Dean will need to address the following opportunities and challenges that are central to CAHNRS’s future success:


  • Further increase the College’s visibility, reach, and impact to advance its status as a thought leader in the State of Washington and beyond;
  • Advance the University’s land-grant mission by enhancing excellence in research, teaching, and extension;
  • Sustain the future of agricultural, human, and natural resource sciences in Washington and beyond by improving access, increasing enrollment, and creating new academic programs;
  • Lead resource generation and stewardship efforts for the College;
  • Work collaboratively across campuses, colleges, and the state to create a strategic vision for the future of Extension and outreach at WSU; and
  • Develop, recruit, and retain diverse research, teaching, and extension faculty and staff.


WSU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search. For best consideration, please apply by January 19, 2022. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:


Julie Filizetti, Hayden Lizotte, and Katheryne Martinez

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900


Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently-separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.