Patricia Olson, DVM, Ph.D., has resigned as president and CEO of the Morris Animal Foundation. The move becomes effective Nov. 12.
Dr. Olson had planned to retire in 2012 but decided to leave earlier for personal reasons, according to the nonprofit organization, which made the announcement today.
Morris Animal Foundation will conduct a national search to fill the position of CEO. In the interim, Mark Carter, Ph.D., chair of Morris Animal Foundation’s Board of Trustees, will lead the foundation’s executive team: John Taylor, COO; Paul Raybould, executive vice president; and Wayne Jensen, DVM, Ph.D., chief scientific officer.
“Animals around the world are living longer, healthier lives because of Dr. Olson’s leadership and vision,” Dr. Carter said. “We have been fortunate to have someone with her expertise, commitment and passion for animals at the helm for the past six years. The foundation’s trustees, scientific advisers and staff are all extremely grateful for Dr. Olson’s contributions.”
Olson joined Morris Animal Foundation as its executive director in 2004. She was named president and CEO the following year.
“It has truly been a pleasure to work with the Morris Animal Foundation team,” Olson said. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished together on behalf of animals, and I am confident that the foundation will continue to grow and to create a healthier tomorrow for animals.”