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Dean of the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture with Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, CA

Type of position Full time
Employer Cal Poly Pomona
Location Pomona, CA
Salary $205,0000 and 240,000
Closing date of competition 04/19/2023
Date position available April 14, 2023
Description of duties

Cal Poly Pomona

Dean of the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture.

Cal Poly Pomona (www.cpp.edu) is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus. Nearly 28,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty. Cal Poly Pomona acknowledges that it resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. 


The Don. B. Huntley College of Agriculture is one of the four colleges of agriculture in the California State University System and the only one located in Southern California. The College aims to be a national leader in urban and sustainable agriculture. It provides a unique integrative approach to agriculture-related undergraduate and graduate programs that recognizes the strong disciplinary interdependencies of professional orientation and culture, basic societal needs, lifestyles, and social and environmental responsibility. It is well positioned to meet the expanding demand for qualified graduates in highly specialized fields within the agricultural, food, apparel, and animal industries.  

Instruction in the College of Agriculture is offered in eight majors leading to the Bachelor of Science degree: Apparel Merchandising & Management, Food Science & Technology, Nutrition, Plant Science, Agribusiness & Food Industry Management, Agricultural Science, Animal Health Science, and Animal Science. The college offers three Master of Science degree programs, including an M.S. in Dietetics, an M.S. in International Apparel Management and an M.S. in Agriculture, with four subplans in Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Nutrition and Food Science, and Plant Science. The College’s physical assets (https://www.cpp.edu/agri/about/huntley-college-maps.shtml) that include   orchards, greenhouses, vineyards, large urban farm with organic certified acreage, animal units and laboratories, veterinary clinic, food science laboratories, experimental kitchens, and digital apparel design, production and retail laboratories, provide hands-on experiences for students under Cal Poly Pomona’s “learn by doing” philosophy.

The Dean is expected to serve as a role model who supports diversity, inclusion, and transparency in decision making; who promotes innovative approaches to teaching and learning; and possesses a passion for reducing equity gaps and increasing student success. The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader who acts with integrity and possesses the ability to communicate with diverse constituents, fostering collegiality and clarity in the decision-making process. The new dean will be cognizant of the contemporary landscape of higher education, including the headwinds within the CSU and the challenges and opportunities in the field of food, agriculture, and related systems.
Academic Search is assisting California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in this search. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications (PDF preferred) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to: [email protected]. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by April 14, 2023.

Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with one of the senior consultants leading this search: Cynthia M. Patterson ([email protected]) and Maria Thompson ([email protected]). You may also contact associate consultant Lisa Rosenberg at [email protected].

The anticipated hiring range is between $205,0000 and 240,000 annually. Cal Poly Pomona offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. (See https://www.cpp.edu/benefits/index.shtml.)

Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to the pay transparency nondiscrimination provision and all state and federal regulations that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.

Qualifications sought

Preferred qualifications also include a record of teaching and scholarship appropriate for a tenured faculty appointment in the Huntley College or evidence of progressive responsibility in a corporate or government environment and the ability to leverage established relationships with industry and use them to strengthen the college’s position. See the position profile for full qualifications and the documents required in a complete application: go to https://apptrkr.com/4011488  and scroll down to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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