The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) has named Mary Bryant, VMD, as executive director of the office of students.
In this newly created position, Dr. Bryant will oversee the recently consolidated Office of Admissions and the Office of Student and Curricular Affairs. She will be responsible for recruiting promising new students to Penn Vet and overseeing the welfare and needs of the students during their years on campus.
“It is very important to me to continue enrolling the most qualified and diverse students,” Bryant said. “As an alumna and adjunct professor, I have a long history of engagement with Penn Vet. I am really looking forward to working closely with the students to ensure they have the best possible experience here and can look back on their years at Penn Vet as I do: as the best educational experience I ever had. I loved my student years at Penn.”
Before joining Penn Vet, Bryant worked for Merial of Duluth, Ga., in Field Veterinary Services, first as a technical services veterinarian, and then as northeast regional director.
Bryant has been an adjunct professor at Penn Vet for 14 years, teaching a professional development elective to third-year students.
“I am delighted that Mary has accepted this position at Penn Vet,” said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, Ph.D., the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “She perfectly exemplifies the collaborative spirit we were looking for. Her influence and experience in many aspects of veterinary medicine will undoubtedly strengthen our already strong commitment to recruiting and retaining the very best candidates for the VMD degree.”