The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine reported today that Bennie Osburn, DVM, Ph.D., will retire as dean in the summer of 2011, a position he has held for 14 years.
A national search for his successor will begin within the next few months, according to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia.
“Dean Osburn’s accomplishments and his vision for veterinary medicine and education reach far beyond U.C. Davis,” Lavernia said. “He is one of the longest-serving veterinary school deans in the nation and has been a tireless advocate for the profession and for veterinary education, as well as an outstanding colleague.
“California and the nation have benefited from his steady leadership and his resolute commitment to effecting positive change for the school in everything from facilities to research support to curriculum.”
Osburn addressed faculty, staff and students this week.
“It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve as dean,” he said. “Leading this school has been one of the most rewarding challenges I have ever experienced, and together we have accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time.”