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  • The University of Florida is currently recruiting for a talented and experienced leader to serve as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine is the chief academic and executive officer for the college. The College of Veterinary Medicine has linkages to two University of Florida administrative units, with funding and reporting structures to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and UF Health, the university’s academic health center.

    The Opportunity

    As the ninth highest ranked U.S. College of Veterinary Medicine, the dean at the University of Florida requires a seasoned professional with a distinguished record of visionary leadership, scholarly accomplishments and excellence in academic administration.

    The successful execution of this role requires a dynamic, visionary leader with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in veterinary scholarship and sustained support of collaborative biomedical and clinical/translational research. This role requires an ability to collaborate and build successful internal and external partnerships.  The dean establishes the strategic vision and leads the college in pursuit of its goals to provide a high-quality environment for teaching, learning, research, outreach, and clinical service.

    Qualities and Qualifications

    The university seeks a proven leader with demonstrated vision and the ability to execute for results to support and enhance the University’s educational, research, and public service mission. This position requires a bold vision of the future role of academic veterinary medicine in a global society. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is the ability to be collaborative, impartial, and able to distill complex issues and make sound judgments and recommendations on sensitive and sometimes confidential matters.  In addition, candidates should possess the following:

    Executive Leadership and Vision

    • Ability to develop a clear vision and strategy consistent with the university’s land-grant mission and best practices
    • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in veterinary scholarship and sustained support of collaborative biomedical and clinical/translational research
    • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in and innovative approaches to veterinary professional education and graduate training
    • Demonstrated leadership skills that result in the production of high-quality services and exceptional standards
    • Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary activities
    • Strategic thinking with the capability of contributing at the senior administrative level and leading other leaders

    Communication and Collaboration

    • Superior communication skills and the ability to connect with a variety of audiences; clear and effective written and oral presentation; and the experience, ability, and inclination to be an effective, outgoing spokesperson for the university
    • Ability to foster collaborative activities locally, nationally and internationally
    • Ability to maintain effective liaisons with alumni, state and national veterinary professional organizations, and other stakeholders
    • Experience with advancement and fundraising that promote the missions of the college

    Experience, Knowledge, and Education

    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent and a distinguished record of visionary leadership, research/scholarly accomplishments and excellence in academic administration
    • Demonstrated successful leadership in veterinary medical education
    • Demonstrated commitment to high impact translational research
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in planning, administration, personnel, and fiscal management
    • Evidence of strong commitment to inclusion and diversity
    • Successful experience or demonstrated potential in fundraising, development activities, and collaboration with industry
    • Demonstrated ability to lead the college to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and outreach, in support of the missions for a land-grant university
    • Record of accomplishment in recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, including women and those traditionally underrepresented in faculty, staff, and student bodies.
    • Record of building, leading, mentoring, and motivating staff; and the ability to encourage change and growth in both people and programs. A strong commitment to personal and professional development, and the ability to build a robust, diverse, autonomous and collaborative team


    Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The University of Florida offers a generous benefits package that includes insurances such as health, life, and dental as well as vacation, sick leave and personal days.

    Procedure for Candidacy

    Review of applications will begin in early August and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates may apply at https://apply.interfolio.com/64317 and should provide a letter of application summarizing qualifications, a complete curriculum vitae, and names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least five references.   Inquiries and nominations can be sent to Melissa Curry, assistant vice president of University of Florida Human Resources, at melissa-curry@ufl.edu or 352.273.1735.

    The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

    The “government in the sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application/nomination and reference, be available for public inspection upon request. 

    Candidate Details

    The Search Committee for the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine has selected three finalists who will be visiting the campus over the next few weeks:

    • Thomas K. Graves, D.V.M., Ph.D., Professor and Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine at Midwestern University, will visit campus October 7-8.
      Download CV (PDF)
    • India Lane, D.V.M., Ph.D., Professor, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, will visit campus October 23-24.
      Download CV (PDF)
    • Joe Kornegay, D.V.M, Ph.D., Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, will visit campus November 4-5.
      Download CV (PDF)


    Seminars and Town Halls with a Q & A session for all interested faculty, staff and students will be held on:

    Monday, October 7
    Thomas Graves
    Seminar – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Town Hall – 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
    Banfield Room

    Wednesday, October 23
    India Lane
    Seminar 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Town Hall 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Banfield Room

    Monday, November 4
    Joe Kornegay
    Seminar 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Town Hall 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Banfield Room

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    Thomas Graves

    India Lane

    Joe Kornegay