27 October 2017
To: Dean of Agricultural Sciences Search Committee Members
From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President
Mark Zabriskie, Dean, College of Pharmacy – Search Committee Chair
Sam Angima, Assistant Dean, Outreach & Engagement
John Antle, Professor, Applied Economics
Todd Bastian, Associate Vice President of Development, OSU Foundation
David Bohnert, Director, EOARC, Burns Experiment Station
Gigi Bruce, Special Assistant to the Provost – Search Manager & Liaison to Isaacson Miller
Carl Casale, CAS Dean’s Council Member, Honorary OSU Foundation Trustee, Alumni Fellow
Jennifer Cohen, Faculty Senate Administrative Appointments Committee Representative
Ryan Contreras, Associate Professor, Horticulture
Yuliya Dennis, Search Advocate
Katie Fast, Executive Director, Oregonians for Food & Shelter; Past President, ER Jackman Board
Jerry Marguth, Vice Chair, Oregon Wheat Commission; Grower, Junction City
Molly Megraw, Assistant Professor, Botany & Plant Pathology
Jay Noller, Head, Department of Crop & Soil Science
Melissa Robell, Undergraduate Student, Fisheries & Wildlife
Dr. Mark Zabriskie, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, will serve as chair of the committee, and Gigi Bruce, Special Assistant to the Provost, will manage the search process. The University will partner with Isaacson Miller, an executive search firm, to attract an excellent and diverse candidate pool.
The search committee will develop the position profile and develop screening criteria consistent with the expectations in the announcement. The committee should expect to work toward providing a list of 3-4 finalists for the Provost’s consideration for on-campus interviews. This list is to be unranked, and should include a thoughtful critique of the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses.
Following the Provost’s review of the recommended finalists, Mark Zabriskie will extend invitations to those selected for campus interviews. The search committee will arrange the interview schedule for each of the candidates; will meet with the finalists brought to campus for formal interviews; will receive feedback from others involved in the interviews; and will again develop critiques and unranked recommendations regarding further consideration of candidate(s). Subsequently, the Provost will assume the lead role in further discussions or negotiations with the candidate(s), with the goal of attracting the most highly qualified person to the position.
The goal is to build a timeline that results in on-campus interviews in the spring, with an ideal start date for the new dean of July 1, 2018.
The Dean of Agricultural Sciences is a vitally important leadership and management position at Oregon State University. Search committee members and others in the University are encouraged be vigorous and proactive in recommending candidates and soliciting nominations and applications for this position. Nominations may be submitted to Gigi Bruce.