Search for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean underway

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 25, 2009 – Virginia Tech has begun an international search for a new dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a position that has been held by Dean Sharron S. Quisenberry since 2003.

“Sharron worked very effectively with the many internal and external constituents of the college. We look forward to identifying a leader who will continue to advance the college as the center of the land-grant tradition at Virginia Tech,” said Mark McNamee, senior vice president and provost who chairs the search committee.

In addition to McNamee, members of the search committee are:

The college has been instrumental in advancing agriculture and other life science industries to improve human health and nutrition, sustain agriculture and the environment, and reduce the reliance on fossil fuels. The Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and the Virginia Cooperative Extension are seamlessly integrated in the college.

Please visit the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences website for information on programs, faculty, students, and research and extension initiatives.

The search committee welcomes nominations for the position. Please send nominations to: 210 Burruss Hall (0132) or by e-mail ( Applicants must apply on-line at, posting number 090083. Applicants must complete a very brief faculty application and attach a vita, letter of interest, vision statement for leading the college, and names of at least three professional references.

For full consideration, all application materials should be received by April 10, 2009.

For additional search updates, visit the Office of the Provost web site.