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Job ID: 151681

University of California, Davis

Date Posted Dec. 17, 2020
Title Dean
University University of California, Davis
Davis, CA, United States
Department College of Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    Administration - General
    Senior Administration

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) seeks nominations and applications for the next Dean of the College of Engineering.

Spanning 5,300 acres, UC Davis is the largest campus in the UC system and the third-largest by enrollment. UC Davis is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and ranks fifth among public research universities nationwide, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings. Its broad array of academic programs is one of the most comprehensive in the American academy, comprising four undergraduate colleges in Letters and Science, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; as well as six graduate and professional schools in medicine, nursing, management, education, veterinary medicine, and law; and the Division of Continuing and Professional Education. UC Davis also operates UC Davis Health, which includes a nationally ranked 625-bed acute-care teaching hospital and a 1,000-member physician’s practice group, as well as research facilities located across the region and beyond. UC Davis enrolls more than 39,000 undergraduate and graduate students, employs roughly 23,000 academic and administrative staff, and has an annual operating budget of roughly $4.9 billion.

The College of Engineering is nationally and internationally recognized for its world-class research, teaching, and positive impact on society. A model for intercollegiate partnership, the College works to solve the world’s greatest challenges through socially responsible engineering. From energy, climate and transportation, to biomedicine and agriculture technology, the College strives to bring a sustainable and more resilient world within reach. Led by the College of Engineering, UC Davis is recognized as the No. 1 "most sustainable" university in the United States and No. 3 globally. The last decade has also built a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, supporting 115 startups through the Student Start Up Center and by providing resources, programs, and networking opportunities.

The Dean will join an institution with an unwavering commitment to its students and to addressing the defining issues of our time, and a College dedicated to producing the next generation of outstanding engineers. As the leader of one the pre-eminent public colleges of engineering in the country, the Dean will have the opportunity to communicate the College’s unique and exceptional story in such a way that raises its profile and visibility while shaping the future of engineering education through bold, inspired, and decisive leadership. As leader of the College, the Dean will be a natural collaborator and coalition builder, partnering with colleagues within the College and across UC Davis to cultivate compelling programs, develop and support outstanding faculty, and meet the College’s infrastructure requirements. Externally, the Dean will engage with donors, alumni, government, and industry partners to increase the College’s reach and impact of its programs as well as inspire and cultivate key external constituencies, attract partners, and generate enthusiasm and support for the College. Furthermore, to be successful, the Dean will address a set of key opportunities and challenges:

- Develop and articulate a vision for the short- and long-term success of the College
- Bolster the College’s financial standing through philanthropy and thoughtful resource management
- Build and enhance the scholarly reputation and visibility of the College
- Manage and mature infrastructure to support the College’s ambitions for growth
- Support and enhance a climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion and a commitment to student success
- Expand collaborations across campus, nationally, and internationally

In this recruitment effort, UC Davis has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist the recruitment advisory committee. Complete applications will include a CV, cover letter, and diversity statement. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply by February 15, 2021. For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, visit:

Cati Mitchell-Crossley and Drew Kessler
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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