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Ohio Vet College Seeks New Dean

As Dr. Lonnie King steps into retirement, the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine seeks applicants and nominations for its next dean.

Dr. Lonnie King is retiring as dean from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine this August.

Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

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The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has put out an invitation to qualified individuals to apply for the position of dean. Lonnie King, DVM, Dipl. ACVPM, the college’s present dean, is set to retire Aug. 31.

Dr. King’s original appointment as dean was for five years, from 2009 to -2014, but he agreed to stay an extra year to assist with President Michael Drake’s orientation to the university, according to a college spokeswoman. Ohio State welcomed Drake as its 15th president in January 2014.

Although retiring, King will continue to participate in several national committees, such as leading the National Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture and participating in Institute of Medicine initiatives.

The dean, as described by the university, is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college and is responsible for leading the education, research, service and outreach agenda, while also supporting fundraising efforts and building strategic internal and external relationships in order to support the mission.

Qualifications and experience, as outlined by the college, should include the following:

  • DVM, as well as an advanced degree and/or board certification and a distinguished record in research or scholarship that would qualify for rank of professor in an academic department in the college.
  • Successful leadership and management of a complex organization, either in higher education or a related field.
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to effectively lead and work collaboratively with many and diverse constituencies.
  • Experience or demonstrated potential in successful fundraising and development activities and in developing new revenue streams.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in planning, administration, personnel and fiscal management.
  • Proven commitment to the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds, including women and minorities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a strong learning environment for students.
  • Vision and ability to advance the research agenda of the college and university, including interdisciplinary and cross-college initiatives and collaboration with industry.
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Ohio State retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the search.

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