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Notice of Vacancy: Founding Chair of the Department of Viticulture & Enology at Washington State University

The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) seeks a visionary and distinguished leader to be Founding Chair of the newly established Department of Viticulture & Enology. The position offers an exciting opportunity for leadership in developing new strategic initiatives and in further advancing established areas of excellence in teaching, research and extension. Members of the Department conduct teaching, research and Extension activities to train and inform students and stakeholders working in wine and juice grape production and wine and winemaking.

The Department of Viticulture & Enology is dedicated to the continuing development and expansion of scientific and technical knowledge to its diverse stakeholders including wineries, wine and juice grape growers, consumers, students, governmental, and private agencies. Washington’s wine and juice industries were founded in the 1930s and have grown into on of Washington’s premier enterprises, today contributing more than $8 billion to Washington State’s economy.

The Department’s mission is to create and translate information for the development of industry and academic leaders, innovation through extraordinary research, teaching, and extension/outreach for the region and the world. the successful candidate will be located at the state-of-the-art Wine Science Center on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, WA.

The Founding Chair will be an individual with outstanding academic or industry credentials who can articulate and execute a clear, shared vision for leading and developing the Department, while promoting a shared sense of collegiality, mutual respect and support within the Department, College, University and industry. The Founding Chair will have opportunities to make disciplinary contributions across functional areas according to their interests and skill set.

For more information, please see the complete position description for the Foundation Chair of Viticulture & Enology