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CBS listening sessions

The provost’s search committee for dean of the College of Biological Sciences, is hosting a listening session for the CBS administrative team and department administrators on Tuesday, June 3, 1–1:45 p.m. in Cargill 105 on the St. Paul Campus.

This listening session is an opportunity for you to provide your input on the position profile and search process. The committee would like your input on the following:

  1. Objectives for the new dean. What do you want the new dean to accomplish? What are the desired outcomes for the role and for the University? How will you know in three to five years that the right person was hired? What will have happened?
  2. Qualifications and experience. Based on the objectives identified, what do you think are the qualifications and experience of an ideal candidate? What is essential and what might be helpful?
  3. Strengths and opportunities. What are the unique strengths, challenges, opportunities, or structural/cultural dynamics within CBS that should be considered when looking for a new dean?
  4. Personal qualities. What are the personal attributes most important for this role?
  5. Source and candidate recommendations. Who should the search firm contact in the outreach to identify candidates? They will draw upon their own networks but they want to tap into ours as well. This certainly means suggestions of possible candidates, but just as important, suggestions of good sources that might lead to strong candidates.

If you are not able to attend, please feel free to share your input directly with search chair Trevor Ames, ( at your earliest convenience.