Dean, Gordon W. Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Texas Tech University

Dean, Gordon W. Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Texas Tech University (TTU) seeks a dynamic, effective, and visionary leader to serve as the new Dean for the recently named Gordon W. Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (Davis College). The Dean will have the extraordinary opportunity to lead one of TTU’s oldest academic units through a period of continued growth following the Davis’ historic $44 million naming gift to the College. The successful candidate will be a collaborative and energetic leader who will build upon the rich history of achievement in the Davis College and fully leverage its intellectual resources toward accelerating the Davis College’s upward trajectory and global impact.

Position Summary

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, with responsibility for leading the academic, research, and outreach missions of the College and the management of its resources, including faculty and staff, physical facilities, and budget. The Dean will oversee the College’s critical research and educational programs that address the needs of its constituents and fulfil its vision of supporting thriving agriculture, natural resources, people, and communities by integrating quality education, innovative research, and impactful engagement.

The Dean of the Davis College will interface with TTU and College leadership, faculty, industry leaders, policy makers, the Davis College Advisory Board, and others who have a vested interest in the College’s teaching, research, and outreach programs, and their impact on West Texas, the state, and the nation. In serving as the Davis College’s lead advocate, the Dean will facilitate interactions of common interest among the other colleges and schools on campus to coordinate the Davis College’s research and service activities pertaining to agriculture, natural resources, and other related issues.


Texas Tech University seeks a Dean of the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with exemplary academic achievements, together with strategic leadership ability; entrepreneurial spirit and high energy with the ability to serve as a visionary and strategic thinker; and a passion for the mission of the Davis College and the University. S/he will be able to work effectively with a broad range of constituents, including senior leadership, faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, and external partners.

Candidates for the position will possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with an appointment as full professor with tenure in one of the departments in the College. For a full position profile and list of qualifications, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/TTUDavisCollege.pdf.

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that explains how the candidate meets the qualifications specified in this announcement. Nomination letters should include contact information for the nominee. Applications will remain confidential until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Sal Venegas Jr., Principal

SP&A Executive Search

6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601

Email: apsearch@spaexec.com
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As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.