Texas Tech University (TTU) seeks a dynamic, effective, and visionary leader to serve as the new Dean for the recently named Gordon W. Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (Davis College). The Dean will have the extraordinary opportunity to lead one of TTU’s oldest academic units through a period of continued growth following the Davis’ historic $44 million naming gift to the College. The successful candidate will be a collaborative and energetic leader who will build upon the rich history of achievement in the Davis College and fully leverage its intellectual resources toward accelerating the Davis College’s upward trajectory and global impact.
Gordon W. Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
The Davis College is recognized as a center of excellence in teaching and learning and provides its 2,473 undergraduate and 474 graduate students with a full range of academic resources and opportunities. Home to 99 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 29 non-tenure track faculty 200 staff and supported by a budget of $125 million, across seven academic departments. In addition, the Davis College also includes the Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, one of only 40 cooperative research units among 38 universities across the country, a part of the National Cooperative Research Units Program that resides within the U.S. Geological Survey with a mission to conduct and facilitate research and education activities related to natural resource management and conservation. The Davis College also supports eight research centers and institutes and offers 10 baccalaureate, 10 masters, and six doctorate degrees in agricultural sciences and natural resources disciplines. Currently, the Davis College ranks in the upper third in size among universities with agricultural sciences and natural resources programs. In addition, the Davis College is a campus leader in distance education with one undergraduate, five masters and one doctoral distance degree programs. The Davis College maintains 20 Endowed Chairs and Professorships and benefits from a $79.4 million endowment.
The Davis College has established a strong reputation for its student-centric learning environment while also achieving research funding totaling $11.3 million in FY21. The Davis College supports multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-institutional research programs and its research program is recognized nationally and globally for excellence in the discovery and delivery of knowledge on current and emerging aspects of the food, fiber, fuel, natural resources, environmental sciences, management, planning, and design disciplines. For more information about the Davis College of Agricultural and Natural Resources, please visit: https://daviscollege.ttu.edu.
Dr. Gordon W. and Joyce Davis Naming Gift
Dr. Gordon W. Davis, a local businessman who spent 10 years as an associate professor in the college, and his wife, Joyce, gave a $44 million donation, which represents the single largest philanthropic donation to Texas Tech in school history and is one of the largest investments in people and programs in an agricultural college in the U.S. To honor this generosity, Texas Tech University has renamed the College the Gordon W. Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. To learn more about the Davis’ decision to make this transformational gift to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69PMcIda-jc.
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University was created by legislative action in 1923 and has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 and a budget exceeding $1 billion, TTU is the major institution of higher education in a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states and ranks at the highest level of Carnegie-classified (R1: Very High Research Activity) doctoral granting universities. TTU research expenditures set a record, exceeding $192 million in 2020, while awards from federal agencies set an all-time institutional record in the same year. TTU has also earned the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, recognizing collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
In Fall 2019, Texas Tech was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), making it one of only 16 HSIs that are also Carnegie Research 1 institutions. Texas Tech also recently received a ninth consecutive Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, and this fall earned a five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmark for measuring progress in creating an inclusive campus learning environment for LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff. Texas Tech University was also ranked in the top 10 (#9) in an APLU-sponsored poll of corporate recruiters nationwide as the school whose graduates were the best-trained, educated, and able to succeed once hired. For more information about TTU, please visit https://www.ttu.edu/.
The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, with responsibility for leading the academic, research, and outreach missions of the College and the management of its resources, including faculty and staff, physical facilities, and budget. The Dean will oversee the College’s critical research and educational programs that address the needs of its constituents and fulfil its vision of supporting thriving agriculture, natural resources, people, and communities by integrating quality education, innovative research, and impactful engagement.
The Dean of the Davis College will interface with TTU and College leadership, faculty, industry leaders, policy makers, the Davis College Advisory Board, and others who have a vested interest in the College’s teaching, research, and outreach programs, and their impact on West Texas, the state, and the nation. In serving as the Davis College’s lead advocate, the Dean will facilitate interactions of common interest among the other colleges and schools on campus to coordinate the Davis College’s research and service activities pertaining to agriculture, natural resources, and other related issues.
Texas Tech University seeks a Dean of the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with exemplary academic achievements, together with strategic leadership ability; entrepreneurial spirit and high energy with the ability to serve as a visionary and strategic thinker; and a passion for the mission of the Davis College and the University. S/he will be able to work effectively with a broad range of constituents, including senior leadership, faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, and external partners.
Candidates for the position will possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with an appointment as full professor with tenure in one of the departments in the College. For a full position profile and list of qualifications, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/TTUDavisCollege.pdf.
Application and Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that explains how the candidate meets the qualifications specified in this announcement. Nomination letters should include contact information for the nominee. Applications will remain confidential until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:
Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Sal Venegas Jr., Principal
SP&A Executive Search
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to “TTU-DavisCollege” in subject line
As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.