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The University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine

Columbia, Missouri




The University of Missouri-Columbia (“Mizzou” or “MU”) seeks a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This is a compelling opportunity to lead a college that is one of the top schools of veterinary medicine in the nation for research productivity and preparing career-ready veterinarians.  The next Dean will be joining the institution during a period of incredible growth and opportunities. During the past 3 years, the University of Missouri has achieved historic highs in student success (retention, graduation, and placement rates), research expenditures, state appropriations and alumni support.  The next Dean will have the opportunity to build on these areas of excellence, leveraging a unique curriculum, world-class research facilities, and collaborators across one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. MU is a member of the AAU and is designated as a Carnegie R1 and Land-Grant University. It is home to 10 major research centers and the world’s first journalism school. The University is also one of only six public universities in the country with schools or colleges of engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, arts and science, law, and a powerful research reactor all on one campus. MU is centrally located in Columbia, Missouri, a place consistently ranked as one of America’s best places to live.


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  • Develop and articulate a vision that will distinguish the college in a rapidly changing landscape of veterinary education. The Dean will seek to innovate, leverage existing strengths in its research infrastructure, location, and bring its community together around shared strategic goals to build on existing strengths and develop new ones.


  • Grow research. CVM’s research enterprise is strong and continues to grow, supported by the momentum of MizzouForward, the $30 million diagnostic lab addition and renovation, and innovative collaborations across campus and beyond. The Dean will build upon this momentum.


  • Build external partnerships. The Dean must have the foresight and knowledge to develop strong external relationships taking full advantage of the college’s reputation, breadth, and expertise in large and small animal care, including agricultural animals.


  • Grow resources and manage finances for maximum impact. The Dean will be responsible for creating a sustainable funding model for the college that includes fundraising, research funding, fees from clinical services, and identifying additional revenue streams such as collaborative partnerships with industry.


  • Encourage, promote, and enrich student, faculty, and staff engagement and foster an environment where all are valued for their unique perspectives and experiences. Such an environment helps us achieve excellence and makes us a better place to work, learn and innovate.


  • Secure philanthropic gifts to support the college. The next Dean will enthusiastically tell the college’s story; the college raised $10.2 million in commitments last year and has established 27 new endowments over the past five years thanks to philanthropic support from generous donors.




The successful candidate must hold the earned degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent and possess a record of scholarship and teaching that qualifies the candidate for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor at the University of Missouri.


Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations


The University of Missouri has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications in strict confidence to:


Greg Esposito, Partner

Micah Pierce, Partner

Sharon Hansen, Senior Associate

Marlyn Desire, Search Coordinator

Isaacson Miller, Inc.

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor Boston, MA 02210


The University of Missouri System is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


The University of Missouri System values the uniqueness of every individual and strives to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve excellence in learning, research, and engagement. This commitment makes Mizzou a better place to work, learn, and innovate.