Dean, College of Natural Science

Michigan State University seeks a dynamic and forward-thinking leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Natural Science. The Dean should embrace collaboration, inclusivity, and innovation, while fostering a nimble environment. As the chief executive officer of the College, the Dean will spearhead academic and operational planning, enhance the College’s national and international scholarly reputation, and advocate for all disciplines within the College community while working to secure the resources to fulfill the College’s ambitions.

The College of Natural Science (NatSci) is home to 27 departments and programs in the biological, physical and mathematical sciences. The college averages $87M in research expenditures annually while providing world-class educational opportunities to more than 6,000 undergraduate majors and 1,200 graduate and postdoctoral scholars. There are 800+ faculty and academic staff associated with NatSci and more than 63,000 living alumni worldwide.

NatSci is committed to creating a safe, collaborative, and supportive environment in which differences are valued and all members of the NatSci community are empowered to grow and succeed. The vast diversity of disciplines housed within NatSci and its rich array of interdisciplinary research have yielded numerous educational partnerships and collaborative programs that span the University. The College aspires to improve inclusion, enhance the undergraduate experience, strengthen graduate student success, grow research excellence, and cultivate community relationships.

The Dean of the College of Natural Science is responsible to the Provost and the President for the general administration of the College and will provide vision and direction, lead the College’s academic mission, and head its development activities to ensure sufficient resources for furthering its priorities and strategic plan. The dean serves at the pleasure of the provost for a renewable five-year term, during which they will be a visionary leader with high academic standards and steadfast dedication to centering diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ideal candidate will possess a doctorate, have a proven track record of scholarly achievement, demonstrate the level of excellence expected of a full professor in a NatSci department, and bring relevant administrative experience to the table. With a focus on fostering innovation and driving strategic growth, the new Dean will continue the College’s pursuit of excellence while navigating diverse disciplinary cultures and championing the university's land-grant mission. This pivotal role requires thoughtful communication skills and the ability to inspire and unite diverse constituencies. As MSU embarks on a journey of ambitious growth and investment in research and facilities, the Dean will play a central role in shaping the university's stature as a top research institution. The successful candidate will seize unique opportunities and address key challenges, ensuring that MSU remains at the forefront of natural science education and research.


Opus Partners is assisting the University with this search and additional information can be accessed by visiting the search website. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred) a curriculum vitae and letter of interest addressed to the search committee and representing their qualifications relative to the expectations and responsibilities described in this document. Please send application materials to the Opus consultants leading the engagement – Craig Smith, Partner, Kenna Boyd, Associate Partner, Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate via

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.