Vice President for Extension and Outreach

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Iowa State University, one of the nation's leading land-grant universities, and home of the first Cooperative Extension System in the United States, invites nominations and applications for the position of vice president for extension and outreach (VPEO).

Iowa State University is ranked by numerous organizations as one of the nation's top public universities. It enrolls 30,000 students who are served by 6,300 faculty and staff. Iowa State is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University- Extensive and is classified as a Carnegie engaged institution. The university is located in Ames, an exceptional community of 66,000 ranked as one of the ten most livable small cities in the nation. See .

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is one of the most impactful programs of its kind in the nation in serving the needs of its state's citizens through building healthy economies, environments, and people. To build on this strength, the university seeks candidates who are entrepreneurial and creative, with the ability to develop and effectively allocate resources and provide leadership for building excellence in extension and outreach programs that support the university's strategic plan (2022-31) .

The vice president reports to the senior vice president and provost and works closely with the president, provost, the vice president for research, and the deans of Iowa State's seven colleges to integrate teaching and research programs with the university's extension and outreach programs. The VPEO is responsible for approximately 1,200 employees located on campus and across the state's 99 counties, works with the Iowa Association of County Extension Councils, and has a $95 million annual budget.

The vice president for extension and outreach serves as director of Cooperative Extension, which has signature programs in agriculture and natural resources, communities and economic development, human sciences, and 4-H youth development .

Candidates for the position must have professional experience commensurate with that of a vice president, an academic dean or private sector executive-level position, and/or a documented record of leadership, administrative, and academic or equivalent professional accomplishments. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong skills in planning, communication, organizational development, and fiscal management. Administrative experience, a commitment to enhancing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and initiatives, and demonstrated ability to represent the university in extension and outreach to diverse constituencies across the state's 99 counties are also essential credentials. Candidates must have a doctorate or terminal degree and be qualified for a tenured faculty appointment in an appropriate academic department.
The Search Committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Screening of candidates will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided before September 5, 2022. An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; a curriculum vitae; and the names of five references. References will not be contacted without permission. Submission of materials as a PDF attachment is strongly encouraged. Individuals wishing to place names in nomination should submit a letter of nomination, including the name and position of the nominee. Buffkin/Baker, an executive search firm, is assisting the university in the search.

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Mr. Martin Baker, Managing Partner
Dr. Pelema Ellis, Principal
Buffkin / Baker

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Iowa State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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