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Search for Dean, College of Sciences


The Opportunity

NC State invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the College of Sciences. The university seeks a leader committed to providing an inclusive, world-class education to students; to catalyzing scientific research and innovation that improve our world and our collective understanding; and becoming a local and global hub for public participation in science to connect our entire community to scientific discovery and continued development of research and learning in meaningful ways.  

Nomination Committee


Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden is pleased to announce that an open search for the Dean of the College of Sciences is now underway. 

  • Committee Chair: Kathryn Meurs, Randall B. Terry, Jr. Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Erik Dixon, Member, NC State Board of Trustees
  • Elisabeth Brown, Assistant Teaching Professor, Mathematics, College of Sciences
  • Phil Castellano, Professor, Chemistry, College of Sciences
  • Mary Elting, Assistant Professor, Physics, College of Sciences
  • Cathrine Hoyo, Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair, Biological Sciences, College of Sciences
  • Jackie Hughes-Oliver Professor, Statistics, College of Sciences
  • Vanadeep Kaluvagunta, Graduate Student, College of Sciences
  • Alun Lloyd, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Drexel Professor, Mathematics, College of Sciences
  • Aaron Marcus, President, College of Sciences Alumni Advisory Board
  • Herle McGowan, Teaching Professor, Statistics, College of Sciences, and Chair of the Faculty 
  • Alan Porch, Business Officer, Mathematics, College of Sciences, and Chair-Elect, Staff Senate
  • Sharon Presnell, Chair, College of Sciences Foundation Board of Directors
  • Jamila Simpson, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, College of Sciences
  • Nathaniel Somma, Undergraduate Student, College of Sciences
  • Karl Wegmann, Associate Professor, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Sciences
  • Gavin Williams, Head and Professor, Chemistry, College of Sciences

Buffkin/Baker search firm will manage recruiting for this search. Executive Search Services in NC State’s Human Resources division will be working alongside Buffkin / Baker to manage the logistics of the search. Kelly Wick will be managing the search for the Provost’s Office.

Nomination Committee Meetings

  • Charge to the committee: 11.17.22, 3:30-5 p.m., Winslow Hall Conference Room and via Zoom
  • Recruitment check-in and mid-search review: 12.19.22, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., via Zoom
  • Candidate selection: 1.30.23, 1-3 p.m., via Zoom
  • First round interviews: Weeks of 2.13.23 and 2.20.23
  • Finalist interviews: Weeks of 3.27.23 through 4.17.23

More Information on the Search