Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
February 5, 2014

Vice President of Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture
College of Agriculture

Search Number     14-152
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) fiscal year Montana University System contract; subject to annual renewal

Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


Montana State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Agriculture (VPA) and Dean of the College of Agriculture.

The College of Agriculture comprises six academic departments: Agricultural Economics and Economics, Animal and Range Sciences, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, and the Department of Research Centers; as well as the Division of Agricultural Education, and will include the new cooperative program in Veterinary Medicine. With the College’s blend of on and off-campus learning, and discovery and outreach programs through federal/state partnerships with the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES), it supports seven research centers including: the Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching Farm, just west of the main campus; three off-campus research ranches that focus on livestock, rangeland, wildlife and grazing investigations; and one of only three wool research labs in the United States.

MAES’s activities are comprehensively integrated with the College and its teaching, research, and service functions as it addresses agricultural, molecular biology and immunology, natural resources, environmental, policy, and societal issues as defined by the departments organized across research areas. In addition, the College supports an active Extension Service with 13 Specialists and 3 Associate Specialists in departments within the College of Agriculture; and is also proud of its student-run vegetable garden, Towne’s Harvest Garden, which offers shares to community members, partners with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, and raises awareness about the value of locally grown food.

Duties and

The VPA is responsible for developing and implementing a statewide strategic vision for all of the university’s teaching, research, and service activities relating to agriculture and for developing and coordinating all resources in support of that vision. The VPA also serves as the Dean of the College of Agriculture, and in that role reports to the Provost, and as the Director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES), and in that role reports to the President. As the senior academic and administrative officer of the College of Agriculture, this administrator is responsible for setting strategic, operational, and financial directions of the College and has overall responsibilities for growing and managing resources and maintaining an effective collegial environment to support excellence in teaching, research, and outreach. The Vice President is expected to be a leader within the University, and represents the College at the state and national levels to external constituents including the Montana State Legislature. In addition, as the Director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, this individual is responsible for growing, evaluating, assessing, and approving its programs and projects.

The Successful
Candidate Will

Minimum qualifications include an appropriate Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree, significant experience in a experience in academic leadership, a comprehensive understanding of the needs of today and tomorrow’s agricultural community, and a record of substantive professional accomplishments in the field. The successful candidate will possess a teaching and research record commensurate with the rank of full professor, as well as strong credentials in managing academic programs. In addition, the applicant will demonstrate strong innovative and entrepreneurial leadership, experience with interdisciplinary and outreach programs, as well as collaborative, interpersonal, and proven resource development skills.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For full consideration, materials should be provided by February 18, 2014.


Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Montana State University in the search. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position’s duties, responsibilities and qualifications, an academic curriculum vitae and contact information for at least five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Individuals wishing to place names in nomination should submit electronically a letter of nomination to include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850.650.2277
Fax: 850.650.2272

In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted (2/5/14 ses)