University of Arizona - School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences


Director, School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ| Req 8455 

The University of Arizona, Arizona's flagship and land-grant university, seeks a dynamic individual for the position of Director, School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS) https://acbs.arizona.edu/.

ACBS has more than 105 faculty and staff delivering research, instruction and Extension in Animal Sciences and Production, Food Safety, Human and Animal Health, Microbiology, and the Racetrack Industry. It has four undergraduate majors: Animal Sciences, Veterinary Science, Microbiology, and Food Safety.  Current enrollment includes over 900 undergraduate and 27 graduate students.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Vice President of the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension, and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Director is responsible and accountable for the vision, leadership, administration, and delivery of ACBS education, research, and Cooperative Extension. The Director will provide and promote education, research, extension and service in the animal, veterinary, food, and microbiological sciences. They will be a leader in the areas of animal and comparative biomedical sciences and integrate this knowledge with the broader goal of improving human health in the state of Arizona, region and the world. Duties include:

  • Leading the recruitment of outstanding students and promote student success
  • Inspiring, initiating, and supporting entrepreneurial missions.
  • Managing human resources, financial and business activities, infrastructure; building new financial resources.
  • Mentoring and supporting the faculty, staff, and graduate students in academic and professional endeavors.
  • Supporting and promoting the excellence of teaching, research, extension, and service activities.
  • Recruiting and retaining outstanding personnel, and promoting diversity and collegiality.
  • Proactively engaging in development.
  • Representing and promoting the School at the College, University, State, National and International levels.
  • Developing and supervising effective support staff and structure.
  • Advancing our commitment to equality, equity, fairness and inclusion.


  • A doctorate in a relevant scientific discipline.
  • Proven leadership and management.
  • A demonstrated interest in and strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Scholarly achievement consistent with Tenured Full professorship in the school.
  • A good understanding of Cooperative Extension.
  • Exemplary communication, interpersonal skills, collaborative leadership, and impeccable integrity.
  • Demonstrable financial ability and success in philanthropy.
  • Demonstrable commitment to inclusion, equity, fairness, and access.