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FOUNDING DEAN - College of Veterinary Medicine

Clemson University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 20, 2023

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Clemson University: Vice President for Academic Affairs
FOUNDING DEAN - College of Veterinary Medicine

Location: Clemson, SC


The Opportunity

Clemson University invites applications and nominations for founding Dean of the proposed new College of Veterinary Medicine. We seek an innovative Dean who will provide significant leadership for planning and initiating this signature college. Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will be expected to provide collaborative leadership and administrative oversight for the strategic and progressive development of the college's research, teaching, service, and community engagement.

A successful candidate for dean will embrace the challenges and opportunities to provide strong programs in the newest college at Clemson University, a highly ranked land-grant university. The Dean will possess the skills, leadership, and entrepreneurial vision to advance the goals in the University's strategic plan and be a strong leader with broad experiences in diverse educational contexts. Evidence of vision and impact is sought across the following:

In addition to the conventional job functions, the dean will be expected to:

  • Design, justify, and implement a visionary strategic plan for the college that aligns with University's strategic plan;
  • Acquire and manage research and teaching resources, including faculty, staff, students, and facilities, that align with University's strategic plan;
  • Dedicate significant time to philanthropic activities to yield new resources and opportunities.


The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college. The Dean holds tenured faculty rank and provides leadership, vision, and strategic planning to help formulate and implement educational policies while serving as the collegiate faculty's agent in the execution of such policies. The Dean serves as the principal internal and external spokesperson for the college as well as for its mission of promoting all areas associated with this college. Performance in office is reviewed at regular intervals by the Provost per the Clemson University Faculty Manual. The Dean will be responsible for:

  • Fiduciary decisions: manage the budget and other resources;
  • Departmental Administration: appoint department chairs and college administrators, and regularly review the performance of chairs and administrators in concert with the Provost as outlined in the faculty manual;
  • Personnel: hiring; establish job titles and salaries; make decisions and review policies regarding renewal, tenure, promotion, and dismissal; authorize faculty leave; conduct annual faculty evaluations; promote departmental mentoring and development opportunities, and support professional development of faculty and staff;
  • Academic Leadership: provide leadership and vision for academic programs, considering innovation, cost effectiveness, fidelity to standards, and accreditation; establish and maintain high academic standards for education courses in clinical skills laboratories; ensure effective student quality, recruitment, and retention;
  • Endowment and Outreach: build, enhance and sustain an active fundraising and stewardship program; participate in various councils, commissions, and committees as set forth in university policy; represent the college within state and national boards and organizations, and other appropriate groups;
  • College Governance: participate in shared governance, create ad hoc committees of the collegiate faculty; hear faculty grievances; promote academic freedom and responsibility; ensure that the college provides a diverse, opportunity- and perspective-rich environment;
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: champion diversity, inclusivity, and belonging among students, faculty and staff;
  • Engagement: Effectively demonstrate a commitment to Clemson Values and the university's strategic plan and engage the college in the campus, state, national and global communities.

College Resources

The University and the State of South Carolina have committed nearly $300M to build the college's teaching and research facilities immediately adjacent to the main campus in Clemson, SC.

The college will consist of the doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree, multiple graduate degrees to be determined over the next few years, and several nationally acclaimed initiatives and programs The college will be organized into academic departments, and multiple distributed clinical education sites and centers, supported by associate deans, department chairs, faculty and staff, and will serve 320 professional degree students when fully enrolled as well as graduate students.


Clemson University is a selective, public, Carnegie R1 research university in a college-town setting. Established in 1889 through the will of the founder, Thomas Green Clemson, the university is located on a 20,000-acre campus in Upstate South Carolina in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along Lake Hartwell.

The University provides bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in more than 100 majors through seven academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; Business; Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; Education; and Science. The University also has Extension offices in every county of the state as well as teaching and research sites in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Greenwood, as well as four international sites.

Clemson has a total enrollment of 22,566 undergraduate and 5,900 graduate students. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1, with a median undergraduate class size of 27. The six-year graduation rate is 85.3 percent.


Clemson is a city of approximately 18,800 year-round residents located in Pickens County, South Carolina. The area, located in the northwest corner of the state in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, includes Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, and Lake Jocassee, large man-made lakes with public access for fishing, swimming and boating. Clemson enjoys a moderate year-round climate with average temperatures in January of 30-50F and in August of 69-90F. Clemson is a 40-minute drive from downtown Greenville, an hour and a half from Asheville, NC, and two hours from both Atlanta and Charlotte.

The city of Clemson operates with the Clemson Police Department, Clemson University Fire Department and Pickens County EMS, for public safety needs. All departments are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Clemson Area Transit offers free transportation (known as the CAT bus) to all riders. The city is also served by Amtrak on the Crescent route. The closest major airport is Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located a 45-minute drive away.

The school district is Pickens County. Children living in the city of Clemson attend Clemson Elementary School, RC Edwards Middle School and Daniel High School. Residents also enjoy access to the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, the Clemson University Experimental Forest, the 18-hole Walker Golf Course, the South Carolina Botanical Garden, and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum from the Clemson University campus. In addition, the University has 19 NCAA teams and numerous intramural and club sports.


Downtown Greenville offers a thriving entertainment, dining and cultural scene, the Swamp Rabbit bike trail, the Peace Center for Performing Arts, and is home to the Greenville Drive, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Boston Red Sox. Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., are within two hours' driving distance from Clemson, while outdoors enthusiasts can be in the mountains of North Carolina in an hour or enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and more at one of several South Carolina state parks within a 45-minute drive of Clemson.


Minimum qualifications for this position are a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a distinguished record of achievements that would merit an appointment as professor with tenure in an academic department in the college, and an excellent record of academic leadership, administrative experience, and responsibilities. A Ph.D. and/or board certification is preferred.

The successful candidate for dean will demonstrate a strong commitment to scholarship, outstanding capacity to communicate with multiple constituencies, provide leadership for the college's broad spectrum of academic activities, and develop an engaging vision for the future of the college. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated record of recruiting and retaining faculty; a commitment to the principles and practices of shared governance; a strong commitment to diversity; strong fiscal and personnel management skills; an ability to enhance research; demonstrated success in obtaining philanthropic support from individuals, foundations and corporations, and/or show a genuine enthusiasm to engage in such fundraising; and the skills to steward such philanthropic support.

Application Instructions

Clemson University invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and list of five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted via Interfolio using the following link: Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates are identified. Please direct any confidential inquiries, nominations, or questions to Clemson University Executive Talent Partner, Rainer Neely

For priority consideration, please submit your application by April 13th. Review of applications will begin April 14, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


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