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Inaugural Dean - School of Veterinary Medicine

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
21853, Princess Anne (US)
Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and qualifications.
Date posted
Apr 11, 2024

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Administrative, Deans
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Full Time

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Inaugural Dean for the School of Veterinary Medicine


The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the state’s historically Black, 1890 land-grant institution, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Inaugural Dean for the School of Veterinary Medicine.  


Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is charged with providing innovative leadership necessary to mold and shape a world-class School of Veterinary Medicine that provides outstanding, cutting-edge programs, attracts stellar faculty members, and produces graduates who are highly regarded and sought-after in their fields. The new Dean is to assume office in Summer 2024. Upon approval from the accrediting body, the University will launch the program in the fall of 2026. 


UMES is located on 1,100 acres in the historic town of Princess Anne on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, less than three hours from Annapolis, Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Founded in 1886, UMES has grown from its origin of nine students to nearly 3,000 students and has been ranked in the top tier among America’s Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the past six years by U.S. News & World Report.


The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) will be the first of its kind in Maryland and second among the nation’s public HBCUs. The SVM will initially offer a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and is expected to add a B.S. degree in Veterinary Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. 


As the Inaugural Dean of the School, responsibilities will include hiring, mentoring, supporting, and evaluating faculty and staff; developing and implementing a strategic plan; preparing and managing budgets; developing and assessing curriculum; creating and implementing enrollment strategies; providing support for instruction and research; building partnerships; and fundraising. The Dean will lead the processes for accreditation, marketing and recruitment of potential students, as well as the development of facilities, student services, and other administrative and operational processes.


Interested candidates must have an earned Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or an equivalent veterinarian degree that meets university, accreditation, and licensure expectations. Also required is successful and increasingly responsible experience in an academic and administrative leadership role that included budget and operational management authority, preferably in a College/School of Veterinary Medicine, or related industry experience.


Academic Search is assisting UMES in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strict confidence. To learn more about this opportunity, potential applicants are welcome to schedule a conversation with one of the consultants for this search: Maya Kirkhope, Monty McNeil, and Jandi Kelly. They can be reached at


For full consideration by the search committee, applications should be submitted by April 29, 2024. Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent to


A search profile with additional information about UMES, the SVM, and the responsibilities and qualifications/skills for the Dean is available here:


The University of Maryland Eastern Shore actively subscribes to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, gender, or gender expression religion, national origin or political affiliation.



The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the State’s Historically Black 1890 Land­ Grant Institution, is a teaching, research, and doctoral institution that nurtures and launches leaders in a student-centered environment. Committed to providing high quality programs in an ethnically diverse environment, the University prepares students who will serve and shape the global economy. UMES is a growing, primarily residential university with a mission focused on learning, discovery, and engagement. This is consistent with valuing the scholarship of faculty in discovering new knowledge, and disseminating and applying it to the extended community. The University recognizes its responsibility for developing human potential, enriching cultural expressions , and sharing its expertise with individuals, businesses, educational, governmental, and non-governmental organizations . These aspirations are in accordance with UMES’ legacy and mission as Maryland’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution. Founded in 1886 under the aegis of the United Methodist Church, UMES is proud of its long history of continuous educational service.

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