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About the Search

Colorado State University seeks a visionary and transformational leader to serve as its next Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. The College welcomes and celebrates unique perspectives in the pursuit of solving global challenges.

The Dean will enhance and strengthen the College’s commitment to global excellence in agricultural research, education, extension, outreach, and engagement. As part of CSU’s land-grant university heritage, the Dean, in collaboration with faculty, will develop the connections and vision to strengthen the College and University’s reputation as a national and international leader in areas related to food safety, food security, wellness, and economic prosperity through the sustainable use of natural resources. The Dean will provide leadership for building and enhancing strategic partnerships and collaborations with units across campus and multiple key external stakeholders.

The Dean serves as chief academic and executive officer of the College, overseeing responsibility for faculty and academic professional staff development, budgetary oversight and planning, academic and curricular issues, constituent engagement, fundraising, and facilities development.

Learn more about the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Thank you to the campus community for your participation in the four finalist interviews held recently for Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and for your input through the feedback forms. The search committee is now meeting to summarize feedback from the search process and will prepare a report for the President and Provost & Executive Vice President.

Search Timeline

  • December 6 – Committee received charge
  • Week of January 1 – Job posted
  • February 9 – Application deadline (full consideration)
  • Early March – Semifinalist interviews
  • Mid-March – Committee meets to select finalists
  • April – Finalist interviews

Search Committee


A. Alonso Aguirre – Dean, Warner College of Natural Resources
Sue VandeWoude – Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Committee Members

Matt Camper – Assistant Dean of Teaching Practice and Academic Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences
Terry Engle – Professor and Associate Department Head, Department of Animal Sciences
Todd Gaines – Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Biology
Mengmeng Gu – Professor and Head, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Mark Gustafson – Former CSU System Board of Governors, Agricultural Industry Executive
Erin Karney – Executive Vice President, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
Dallas May – Chair, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission
Paula Mills – Chief of Staff and Operations, College of Agricultural Sciences
CJ Mucklow – Interim Director of Field Operations, CSU Extension
Taylor Szilagyi – Executive Vice President, Colorado Farm Bureau
Dawn Thilmany – Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Kelly Wrighton – Gordon and Joan Bishop Professor, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences


Mary Dolce – Executive Assistant to the Dean, WCNR
Shamera Loose – Executive Assistant to the Dean, CVMBS

Equal Opportunity Coordinator

Emily Rogers – System Administrator for the Talent Management System & Coordinator for Search Processes, Human Resources


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Agricultural Sciences at CSU

Colorado State University is home to the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) and the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). On campus and around the state, CAS and AES partner with communities and industry to meet global challenges in food safety, food security, wellness, and economic prosperity through the sustainable use of natural resources. 

Our students come to CSU from many different backgrounds, and they often come to agriculture with a common interest — making the world a better place where plants, animals, people, and the natural world meet. 

At the College of Agricultural Sciences, unique perspectives are welcomed and celebrated. Anyone is welcome to take a seat at the table to learn, grow, discover, and make a positive impact on the world together. 

Our Mission

In the context of a changing climate, we meet global challenges in food safety, food security, wellness, and economic prosperity through the sustainable use of natural resources.

We excel in our 21st century land-grant mission by integrating intentional discovery, inclusive learning, and collaborative engagement.

Our Vision

Revolutionizing how we nurture people and our planet.

Our Purpose

Together, we promise future generations a vibrant agriculture, a healthy environment, and thriving communities.

Our Values

Actions manifest our essence. With CSU’s Principles of Community as a guide, we serve with excellence, intention, rigor, optimism, empathy, creativity, and wisdom.

View the CAS Strategic Plan to learn more. 

About Colorado State University​

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. CSU is committed to inclusive excellence and to upholding our Principles of Community. In the last decade, CSU has produced record enrollment, built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success; record fundraising far outpacing ambitious goals; groundbreaking research driven by a highly productive faculty; a campus revitalized by a transformational building campaign; and, perhaps most important, an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellent. We also are extremely proud that CSU has been recognized repeatedly as being among the most sustainable higher education institutions in the world. In 2023 we earned our fourth consecutive Platinum rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and we were the first university to earn four and the first-ever institution to receive a Platinum rating. To learn more, visit