MSU Opens Search for Animal and Range Sciences Department Head

As the brand-new Animal BioSciences Building nears completion on the campus of Montana State University, the MSU College of Agriculture has formally begun their nation-wide search for a new Department Head for their Animal and Range Sciences Department.

The nine-member search committee to fill the Animal and Range Sciences Department Head position will be chaired by Dr. Mark Quinn. To view the vacancy announcement for a Department Head and Professor that has been published, click here:

The new Department Head/Professor will be responsible for: providing vision and leadership for the department; leading, coordinating, growing and administering the Department’s teaching, research and outreach programs; recruiting personnel, managing budgets, evaluating performance; and teaching in the classroom, and maintaining a research program

The Search for a Department Head comes a particularly exciting time for the Animal and Range Sciences Department at MSU. The new Department Head and his team will have a brand-new $16 million state-of-the-art facility to work in, and the new Head will have a rare opportunity to shape and expand the Department, including several new key faculty hires.

In addition, Montana’s Congressional Delegation is in the process of appropriating funding for a new USDA Ag Research Service facility at MSU which will focus on applied beef cattle genomics, and be located just a few yards from where the new classroom building is being completed.

Finally, MSU enjoys a tremendously strong level of support right now from Montana’s range livestock industry. Not only have hundreds of individual ranchers and businesses recently donated millions of dollars to construct the new classroom building that will become the new home for the Department in 2010, but other development programs are already underway to raise funds for Endowed Chairs, additional scholarships, and expansion of Animal and Range Science research and teaching opportunities.

Screening of applications will begin December 18, 2009 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The goal is to invite finalists to campus in March and April, and the start date for the new Department Head is expected to be July 2010.

Now it is your turn. Please spread the word. Think about who you’d like to see in this important position for Montana’s range livestock industry, and then urge them to apply!

Members of the Search Committee for MSU Animal and Range Science Department Head include:

Mark Quinn, Chair, VMB DH and Professor
Lisa Duffey, Staff Support, MSU College of Ag Staff
Diana Alkire, A&RS Advisory Committee, MFBF
Jan Bowman, A&RS Professor, Beef, Nutrition
Pat Hatfield, A&RS Professor, Sheep, Nutrition
Don Kress, A&RS Emeritus Professor, Beef, Genetics
Jason Swanz, MAES Advisory Council, MSGA
Lance Vermeire, Fort Keogh Scientist, Range Science
Myles Watts, Ag Econ Professor, Former DH

For more Information:
Dr. Mark Quinn, A&RS Department Head Search Chairc/o Ms. Lisa Duffey, Search Committee Staff Support
P.O. Box 172860
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2860

Source: Northern Ag Network


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