Tornquist Promoted to Oregon State Dean

Administrator and professor Susan Tornquist replaces Cyril Clarke as the leader of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Oregon State University has removed the “interim” tag from Susan Tornquist’s title and made her dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Tornquist, a professor of clinical pathology, moved into the dean’s office in 2013 when Cyril Clarke, BVSc, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVCP, left to become dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Under her leadership, the Oregon State veterinary college surpassed its $47 million fundraising goal, was reaccredited by the Council on Education and launched a graduate program in comparative health sciences, the university reported Friday.

Sabah Randhawa, Ph.D., Oregon State’s provost and executive vice president, said Tornquist was “a very effective leader … over the past 17 months.”

“[She] has demonstrated that she has the very best interests of the college at heart and the skill set for enhancing the college’s education, clinical services, research and outreach,” Randhawa said.

Tornquist, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVP, previously served as associate dean of student and academic affairs.

Expansion of the college’s teaching and clinical facilities is on the horizon, she said.

“We are looking forward to great opportunities for research and strengthened clinical capabilities in oncology and infectious diseases and continued collaboration with Oregon Humane Society in providing experiential learning opportunities for veterinary students,” Tornquist said.

She also taught at Washington State University and the University of New Mexico, worked as a private practitioner in New Mexico, and was a research associate at New Mexico’s Veterinary Diagnostic Services Division.

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