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Leadership: Living Our Land-Grant Mission


Become the world’s leading land-grant college of agriculture, food, life, and natural resource sciences, serving Indiana and the world through sustained excellence in, and integration of, our land-grant missions of learning, discovery, and engagement.

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INITIATIVE 1: Identify and address the most important opportunities and challenges facing Indiana, our nation, and our world in the areas in which we work.


  • Develop and utilize proactive approaches for identifying the highest priority issues facing the stakeholders we serve.
  • Engage faculty members, staff members, and students in developing joint agendas and building teams focused on addressing emerging issues at community, state, national, and global levels.
  • Engage stakeholders and partners across the University, in industry, and in government and nongovernmental organizations in addressing priority issues.

INITIATIVE 2: Create and support a culture of innovation and excellence across the College.


  • Recognize and support the importance of the creative process and the idea of excellence in all we do.
  • Streamline administrative processes to enable more creativity and innovation.
  • Provide seed funds to support test cases, models, and pilots of new ideas, areas of work, and approaches.
  • Engage with appropriate economic development organizations to support innovation on campus and around Indiana.
  • Invest in dedicated co-working spaces to foster informal collaborations and creativity, and for idea and strategy incubation.
  • Engage the public in a discussion of the science we do and the technology utilized by our industry stakeholders.

INITIATIVE 3: Expand and deepen integration across our learning, discovery, and engagement missions.


  • Invest in teams that integrate across mission areas and disciplines to demonstrate global leadership in addressing priority issues by incentivizing, valuing, and rewarding cross-mission and interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Explore opportunities to further engage undergraduate and graduate students in Extension programming.
  • Improve College infrastructure—physical, technological, and/or human talent—to enhance cross-mission activity.

INITIATIVE 4: Support leadership growth and development for our students, faculty, and staff.


  • Build a leadership model that serves as a framework for a common approach to leadership growth and development throughout the College.
  • Create internal leadership development programs and utilize existing programs to support professional growth of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff members, and Extension educators.
  • Utilize University, state, and national leadership programs to build leadership capabilities of faculty members, staff members, and students.
  • Aggressively promote faculty and staff members for campus, state, national, and international leadership positions, including policy-making committees.

INITIATIVE 5: Communicate and celebrate the breadth and importance of the land-grant mission and the work of our College.


  • Pursue national and international recognition for students, faculty members, and staff members in all phases of our land-grant mission.
  • Communicate accomplishments of students, faculty members, and staff members to state, national, and international audiences.
  • Recognize through College and department awards all three areas of the land-grant mission for work done both in the United States and internationally, and create an award for integration of these areas.
  • Provide training for leaders, faculty and staff members, students, and promotion committee members on the land-grant ideal and the importance of all three areas of the land-grant mission.
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