The Head of the Department of Animal Science is charged with coordinating and promoting all aspects of our land-grant mission within the department. The incumbent provides leadership and oversight of all Animal Science programming and initiatives.

With a faculty of 46 and a staff of 43, the head fosters an inclusive culture in which all contributions to the team are appreciated and recognized, collaboration and innovation are encouraged, and individual abilities are engaged to fully realize the potential of the team. The head should recognize that the most important challenges facing animal industries and society are most effectively addressed by the integrated contributions of research, teaching, and extension by faculty, staff, and students together with external stakeholders. The incumbent manages financial and physical resources responsibly to maximize the effectiveness of those resources, exhibiting fiscal discipline and transparency, and using best fiscal management practices. The head ensures opportunities are open to all, programs are inclusive of all constituencies, and efforts are made to engage diverse audiences, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented. They synthesize a vision for Animal Science with input from faculty, staff, and stakeholders that encompasses all research areas, seeks and deploys personnel and financial resources strategically, and ensures that the strategic vision is continuously examined for relevancy and refreshed as needed.