A longtime Cornell University professor was named dean of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine on Tuesday, replacing the retiring Peter F. Haynes, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS.
The new dean, Joel Baines, VMD, Ph.D., is Cornell’s James Law Professor of Virology and the associate dean for research and graduate education. His appointment is effective Sept. 1 and is subject to the approval of LSU’s Board of Supervisors.
“Dr. Baines is well-respected in the field of veterinary medicine and brings a wealth of knowledge and research with him to LSU,” said Stuart Bell, the university’s executive vice chancellor and provost.
Baines joined Cornell’s department of microbiology and immunology in 1993 after receiving his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from Cornell, where he studied the molecular virology of feline coronaviruses.
He also did postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago, where he studied the molecular virology of herpes simplex virus replication.
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, based in Baton Rouge, La., employs 100 faculty and 270 staff members. Some 375 veterinary students and 95 graduate students and house officers are enrolled in the school.