Michigan State University seeks an experienced, collaborative, and visionary leader for the position of Dean of the College of Natural Science. Michigan State University is one of the world’s leading public, research intensive, land-grant institutions. It enrolls over 50,000 diverse students in seventeen colleges, including 11,400 graduate students, employs a diverse workforce of more than 11,000 faculty and staff, and has approximately 541,000 living alumni worldwide. The beautiful 5,200-acre campus is located in East Lansing, Michigan, adjacent to the state capital and an hour from suburban Detroit.

The College of Natural Science (CNS) comprises 28 departments, programs, and centers in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences. The College averages $28 million in research expenditures annually while providing outstanding education opportunities to more than 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. There are approximately 325 faculty and staff associated with the College and more than 40,000 living alumni.  CNS faculty conduct research at or manage an impressive number of world-class scientific facilities, including the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the SOAR 4.5m telescope in Chile, the MSU Department of Energy (DOE) Plant Research Laboratory, the Center for Microbial Ecology, the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, and other core research infrastructure facilities. CNS provides instruction in the natural sciences for all MSU undergraduates and offers programs of study leading to B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., M.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees.

The Dean of CNS is the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible to the Provost and the President for its general administration. The Dean provides leadership and vision in strategic planning and implementation of programs in addition to advancing College development activities. Michigan State University seeks a Dean with high academic standards, outstanding record of scholarship, demonstrated commitment to diversity, ability to advocate effectively for the College to local, national, and international constituencies, and strong willingness to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to set and implement College and University priorities. Qualifications include an earned doctorate, or the equivalent, a record appropriate to appointment as Professor (with tenure) in a College department, relevant administrative experience, and evidence of significant international stature in a discipline within the natural sciences.

Acceptance of inquiries, nominations, and applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applicants are encouraged to transmit a detailed letter of interest and resume online at

John Muckle, Vice President

Andarla Hodge, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Phone: 617-262-6500

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.