Director – Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture

College Station, Texas
Commensurate with experience
November 22 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Texas A&M AgriLife Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture (IHA) is the world’s first research institute to bring together precision nutrition and responsive agriculture research to improve human nutrition and lower health care costs, in a way that is environmentally and economically sustainable.

We are looking for a visionary, internationally renowned leader in agriculture and/or health to serve as Director for the Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture. This newly formed interdisciplinary institute will lead the nation in achieving the new expectations of the Agriculture-Food-Health system to promote human health, environmental health and economic health through research, training, education and extension.

About the Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture

The Texas A&M AgriLife Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture (IHA) is accelerating Texas A&M AgriLife’s efforts to deliver the research, education and services which use agriculture to combat the nation’s diet-related chronic disease epidemic and to bolster the health of our environment and economy. As a platform for the exchange of big ideas and data, the IHA will advance research to help agricultural producers harness big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to produce food that improves public health and strengthens producers’ economic viability. The IHA includes a USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) program called “A Systems Approach to Responsive Agriculture.” Funded at $20 million annually, the program will be composed of a mix of new ARS scientists and existing Texas A&M faculty. The IHA and its embedded ARS program will work collaboratively with other ARS and land-grant universities to bring big data, state-of-the-art sensors and computational systems approaches to responsive agriculture and precision nutrition.

About Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Texas A&M AgriLife Research is the state’s premier research agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences. We conduct hundreds of projects spanning many scientific disciplines to deliver life-sustaining and industry-changing impacts to citizens throughout Texas and around the world. We are a state agriculture agency part of Texas A&M AgriLife, which allows us to fund research across many fields. As the largest comprehensive agriculture and life sciences program nationally, Texas A&M AgriLife brings together a college and four state agencies within the Texas A&M University System. Texas A&M AgriLife Research is one of these agencies.  With over 5,000 employees, and a presence in every county across the state, Texas A&M AgriLife is uniquely positioned to improve lives, the environment, and the economy of Texas and the nation through education, research, extension and service.

If you’re interested in joining the Texas A&M AgriLife Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture and contributing your talents and expertise to solving these grand challenges we invite you to apply on our website.

About The Role

The Director will work collaboratively with three scientific associate directors, under the general direction of Dr. Patrick Stover, Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, to:

  • Develop comprehensive scientific, stakeholder engagement, and outreach programs to achieve the mission and vision and establish the strategic priorities of the Institute, with responsibility for directing program implementation throughout Texas.
  • Oversee the operation and administration of the IHA.
  • Form collaborative research project teams and seek funding sources to support them.
  • Work with the Director of AgriLife Research and the associate directors to assure maintenance of a high level of scholarly activity at the Institute.
  • Represent the Institute to internal Texas A&M AgriLife and university faculty, including attracting new faculty participants and facilitating sustainable relationships with broader partners and stakeholders.
  • Serve as a key liaison to external constituents, including foundations and government agencies, and identify community, domestic, and international experts associated with a wide variety of relevant disciplines.
  • Lead philanthropic efforts to support the activities of the IHA.
  • Establish Public-Private Partnerships across the entire Agri-Food-Health Value Chain.
  • Represent the Institute on key national and international leadership committees; and build sustainable and substantive relationships with the institute’s internal and external stakeholders.

Find additional details regarding the Director’s responsibilities as well as required and preferred qualifications on the IHA careers portal.