The University of Florida’s search for a new veterinary college dean will take another step forward Sept. 14, 2012, when a committee meets to review initial applications for the job.
Top administrators from the university’s Academic Health Center and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences formed a search committee to recruit a replacement for Glen Hoffsis, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM. He is scheduled to retire July 1, 2013.
The committee met July 23, 2012, to outline criteria for selecting the next dean. The members were asked to find a candidate who has a strong vision for the college during tough economic times, can strike a balance among all missions of the college, and can interact with the many constituencies associated with the college and the university.
“Dean Hoffsis has done an excellent job serving the college and the university during his six years at UF,” said Teresa A. Dolan, DDS, dean of the College of Dentistry and committee co-chairwoman. “When he retires, he will leave the college in a position of strength and poised for growth, making the deanship an attractive opportunity for a strong academic leader in veterinary medicine.”
Helping lead the search are David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Academic Health Center, and Jack Payne, Ph.D., senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Among the other committee members are:
• John R. Bass, DVM, president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association;
• Veterinary student Benjamin Carter;
• Julia Conway, DVM, a clinical assistant professor in the college’s department of infectious diseases and pathology;
• Paul Cooke, Ph.D., chairman of the college’s department of physiological sciences;
• Amara Estrada, DVM, an associate professor of cardiology in the college’s department of small animal clinical sciences;
• Carlos Risco, DVM, a professor of food animal reproduction and medicine in the college’s department of large animal clinical sciences; and
• Dana Zimmel, DVM, chief of staff of the university’s veterinary hospitals.
About 320 DVM students and 140 graduate students are enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine.