Position Announcement

Director of Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service,

Associate Dean of Agriculture, and

Associate Vice-Provost for University Engagement


The Purdue University seeks to hire an Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service. The position reports to the Dean of Agriculture with a partial appointment as Associate Vice-Provost for Engagement. Purdue Extension includes approximately 600 university employees and more than 200 county-employed staff. The total budget is approximately $50 million. The Director is also responsible for the activities of nearly 20,000 volunteers associated with a variety of youth and adult community-based programs and activities.

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service includes faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture, the College of Consumer and Family Sciences, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Extension Educators located in each of Indianaís 92 counties.



The successful candidate will provide leadership, vision, coordination, and administrative management for statewide programs in Agricultural and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Economic and Community Development, and Consumer and Family Sciences. Duties also include budget oversight, personnel management, and ensuring compliance with federal civil rights policies and that all educational programs are available on a non-discriminatory basis. Responsibilities as Associate Vice-Provost for Engagement include leadership in university-wide initiatives designed to match Purdue expertise and resources to statewide needs by forming effective partnerships to grow the state economy and improve the quality of life for Indiana citizens.



The candidate must have an earned doctorate and a record of scholarship to merit appointment as a Full Professor with tenure in an appropriate academic department. The candidate must have leadership experience in strategic planning, budget and fiscal management, and program development. Strong written and oral communication skills are required along with the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of cultures.


Experience in public service activities working with policy makers, personnel management, and an understanding of and commitment to the broad mission of a land-grant university in Extension is desired. In addition, interest and/or experience in the university-wide as well as the international context of Extension are highly desirable. The candidate must be committed to expanding and fostering diversity in all aspects of Purdue Extension and University Engagement.


Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and professional experience. An excellent fringe benefit package includes the TIAA-CREF retirement program, and medical, life, and disability insurance.


Application Procedure:

Qualified persons are requested to submit a letter of application, a statement of administrative philosophy emphasizing their ability to foster faculty/staff development and program growth in the 21st Century, and a complete curriculum vitae, including the names, addresses, and phone/email for five references. Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval by the applicant. Application review will begin April 30, 2007 and continue until a successful candidate is identified. Nominations of outstanding potential candidates are welcomed. Send nominations or applications to:

Dr. Randy Woodson, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

Purdue University, 615 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN47907-2053

Email: woodson@purdue.edu, Phone: 765-494-8391, Fax: 765-494-7420


Purdue University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Women and individuals in underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.