Dean, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources

The University of Connecticut seeks nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and Director of the Connecticut Cooperative Extension System and the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station. Ranked among the top 20 public research universities nationwide, the University of Connecticut is a public, land-grant, and sea grant, flagship institution with its main campus in Storrs, CT. It is home to four regional campuses and 13 Schools and Colleges, encompassing 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students.

CAHNR is a unique college amongst its peer set, borne out of an important heritage and mission. It is the oldest college at UConn and the College serves a state known more for its burgeoning local, sustainable agriculture and cutting-edge environmental protection than for traditional, large-scale agribusiness. The College consists of 9 departments (Agricultural and Resource Economics, Allied Health Sciences, Animal Science, Extension, Kinesiology, Natural Resources and the Environment, Nutritional Sciences, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, and Plant Science and Landscape Architecture), offering 16 undergraduate majors and 17 undergraduate minors, along with 18 PhD, MS, and graduate certificate programs. It is also the home to 12 interdisciplinary research and clinical centers and institutes.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for all matters, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the CAHNR, responsible for providing strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the academic and scholarly program. The Dean also serves as the Director of both the Connecticut Cooperative Extension System and the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station.

The Dean oversees faculty appointments, along with the promotion, tenure, and review process in CAHNR. The Dean has administrative responsibility for undergraduate education and, in partnership with the Dean of the Graduate School, for graduate education within the College. The Dean is also responsible for implementation of academic rules and regulations, academic advising, promotion of academic integrity, faculty staffing and development, research activities, management of academic resources, oversight of academic departments, interdisciplinary centers, institutes, and programs, and other academic activities within the College.

UConn will welcome a Dean who thrives on innovation and the challenges and opportunities of developing, organizing, and managing new initiatives. The Dean will articulate a vision for the College, defining its role in research and teaching within the University community, the state, and the nation.

This individual should possess the academic credentials and record of scholarly achievement that merit the rank of a full tenured professor in the College. The successful candidate will have the ability to articulate a vision for the future of agricultural, health, and environmental sciences education; an appreciation for academic excellence across all disciplines within the College; and the ability to recruit and retain a broad and eminent faculty, staff, and student body. The new Dean will be able to establish credibility with the Board of Trustees, all levels of institutional leadership, alumni, financial supporters, and the local community.

Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The University of Connecticut will be assisted by Jackie Zavitz, Ellen Brown Landers, Kaley Palanjian and Martin Vanin of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. Nominations and applications, including a CV and cover letter, should be directed to For strongest consideration, please submit materials by the preferred date: September 7, 2018.