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Job ID: 197129

Dean & Professor
Mississippi State University

Date Posted Oct. 17, 2022
Title Dean & Professor
University Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS, United States
Department College of Veterinary Medicine
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date July 2023
  • Dean
  • Veterinary Medicine - General

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of dean and professor, College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. A land-grant, research extensive institution, Mississippi State University is in Starkville, Mississippi. For more information about the university and community visit

The college is fully accredited by the AVMA Council on Education, the AAALAC's animal care and use program, the teaching hospital and clinics by AAHA, and the four-laboratory diagnostic system by AAVLD, and the B.S. in veterinary technology program by AVMA CVTEA. The college is comprised of three academic departments supporting 118 full-time tenure and clinical track faculty, 421 veterinary students, 65 veterinary medical technology students, 70 graduate students (MS, PhD, and DVM-PhD), and 300 staff. In addition to faculty and staff located on the main MSU campus, the CVM has full-time faculty located at diagnostic laboratories in Pearl, the Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Flowood, an aquatic research and diagnostic laboratory in Stoneville in the Mississippi Delta, and at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport. Students participate at all locations. The college has a progressive professional curriculum. The first two years consist of core didactic lectures and laboratories. The final two years consist of mentored instruction in mandatory clinical rotations and elective rotations and courses. The client-owned animal caseload in our CVM campus hospital and Flowood emergency/referral clinic (last year 28,536 cases; not counting the large animal ambulatory practice) is complemented by a nationally recognized shelter medicine program. Students graduating in 2022, completed on-average 73 spays and neuters. The college has a large aquatic animal program that covers the health and production spectrums of U.S. farm-raised food fish, fish for food production in developing countries, and rescue and conservation of critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles and bottle-nosed dolphins in the Mississippi Sound.

MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is recognized as one of the world's four UN FAO Reference Centers for Antimicrobial Resistance and Aquaculture Biosecurity. The college is the lead academic institution for the USAID-funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish with currently 20 active projects in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, the Pacific Islands, the Philippines, Peru, Cambodia, and Bangladesh. For more information about the college visit

Candidates for the position must have an earned Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent and must qualify for the rank of professor in one of the college's academic departments. Graduate degrees, specialty-board certification, and/or administrative experience with major responsibility in a university veterinary program are preferred. The dean is the chief executive officer with administrative responsibility for the college's faculty and staff, college budgets (total revenue received for FY 22 was $75.1 M), and overall management of space and facilities. In the academic mission of the college, the dean reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President. Through the campus-wide Dean's Council, the dean contributes to decisions that affect the university at large as well as the College of Veterinary Medicine. As part of the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine, the dean also reports to the Vice President of the Division and serves as a member of the Division Council, along with the Directors of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the Deans of the College of Forest Resources and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Review of applications and nominations will begin December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include curriculum vitae, address and telephone numbers of five references, and a statement of the applicant's administrative philosophy relating to this positio

  • MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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Contact Information

  • Scott Willard, Chair, Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine Search Committee
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Mississippi State University
    Mississippi State, MS 39762


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