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    The Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Mississippi
    State University seeks a new Head to lead the department in furthering
    its solid tradition of excellence in research, education and extension.
    Mississippi State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution,
    and the department has strong programs in agricultural/environmental
    engineering, precision agriculture, biomedical engineering, pre-medical
    studies, agromedicine, biomass-biobased energy and agricultural
    technologies. The department consistently attracts many of the top
    academic students at the university and has experienced significant
    increases in enrollment in its biological engineering, biomedical
    engineering and agricultural technology programs. There are 8 teaching
    and research faculty, 3 extension faculty and approximately 250
    undergraduate and 20 graduate students. The university has shown its
    commitment to the continued success and growth of the department through
    the approval and funding for construction of a new 50,000 square foot
    building. The Head of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    Department is responsible to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and
    Life Sciences, the Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering, the
    Director of the Extension Service, and the Director of the Experiment
    Station. The Head provides overall leadership, direction and
    administration for teaching, research, and extension functions. The Head
    is the liaison between department personnel and university
    administrators and has the responsibility for coordinating the budget
    and managing personnel. The Head is expected to establish and maintain
    working relationships with other units in the university, clientele,
    government agencies, and professional groups and is expected to actively
    participate in developing extramural support for the department. A
    candidate must have a doctorate in engineering and an outstanding record
    of accomplishment. The candidate should be eligible for a tenured, full
    professor appointment based on a strong record of research, teaching,
    and service in Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering or
    related field. The Head is expected to be an outstanding leader and to
    have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and teaching/learning
    excellence. The position requires fiscal and management skills for
    enacting a futuristic vision and a broad understanding of the generative
    horizons in agriculture, biology, and engineering. The candidate is
    expected to align essential internal and external units and personnel to
    expand the financial resources and success of the department. Other
    desirable qualifications include registration as a Professional Engineer
    and experience in evaluating teaching, research, and extension. Salary
    will be commensurate with training and experience. For consideration,
    please provide a letter of application outlining applicant's leadership
    and strategic planning philosophy, a curriculum vita, and names and
    contact information of five professional references. Application
    materials should be submitted on line at
    (requisition number 0756). Dr. Larry G. Brown is chairing the Search
    Committee. You may contact him at P.O. Box 9542, Mississippi State, MS
    39759 or Review of applications will begin 30
    April 2004 and continue until position is filled. Mississippi State
    University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women
    and minorities are encouraged to apply.

    Please direct inquiries to Dr. Larry Brown, Chair of the Search, at or Dr. Joel Bumgardner, Interim Dept Head and
    Search Committee member, at - Thanks, Dr.
    Jerry Gilbert, Assoc Provost, Miss. State Univ.

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