The University of Georgia (UGA) has named Corrie Brown, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVP, Meigs Professor of Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, as University Professor. It’s an honor bestowed on faculty members who have made a significant impact on UGA beyond their normal academic responsibilities, according to the university, which made the announcement in mid-March.
Dr. Brown has been at UGA for 20 years where her research, instruction and outreach have shaped global initiatives and transformed lives, the university noted.
“Working at the interface of animal and human health, Dr. Brown has dedicated her career to creating a healthier and more prosperous future,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, Ph.D. “She is an inspiring instructor and mentor, a pioneering researcher and a global ambassador for the University of Georgia.”
Brown created an elective course in international veterinary medicine at the college and helped spearhead the creation of the International Certificate Program, which allows veterinary students interested in global affairs to develop a portfolio that prepares them for international work. Her effort has become a model for other colleges, according to UGA.
Brown has also played a role in sending veterinary students overseas to experience animal healthcare delivery in a foreign setting and positioned the college to host international students through grants funded by the Department of Education.
“Dr. Brown has always worked above and beyond her expected academic responsibilities to serve the mission of internationalization,” College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Sheila Allen, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, wrote in a nomination letter. “From a more local perspective, I know that our college benefits greatly from Dr. Brown’s international expertise and experience. I often hear from our students about her successful support of their efforts to gain more experience and exposure to global animal health.”
Brown has also worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Veterinarians Without Borders and the federal departments of state, defense and agriculture to create programs to help veterinarians understand how to build sustainable animal health systems that improve heath, food security and economic stability. She has presented workshops or conducted training in more than 50 countries and authored several manuals that are in use across the globe.
“In [Veterinarians Without Borders] work throughout the developing world, it’s not possible to operate anywhere without coming across Dr. Brown’s name and her contributions,” CEO Thomas W. Graham, DVM, Ph.D., wrote in nominating Brown, who serves on the nongovernmental organization’s board of directors. “She has spent 30 years building partnerships and collaborations and investing in others.”
The University of Professor was first awarded in 1974. Honorees—only one per year—receive a permanent salary increase of $10,000 and a yearly academic support account of $5,000. Nominations from the deans of UGA’s schools and colleges are reviewed by a committee, which makes a recommendation to the provost.