Veteran Professor Recommended as Michigan State Dean

John Baker, a 30-year professor, is expected to replace Christopher Brown as dean.

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A longtime Michigan State University professor is expected to be the next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, replacing Christopher Brown, BVSc, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVIM.

The selection of John Baker, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVIM, is subject to the approval of the board of trustees, the university announced this week.

Dr. Baker has taught in the department of large animal clinical sciences for 30 years and serves as associate director of AgBioResearch, a university-wide program that investigates topics ranging from agricultural production to childhood obesity.

“Dr. Baker’s career has provided him with a firsthand appreciation of all the roles of the college: its research, teaching and outreach missions,” university provost June Youatt said. “His broad understanding of the college, its assets and perhaps most significantly, its importance to the university, the science and the practitioner communities, make him ideally suited to this position at this time.”

Baker previously served as section head for Food Animal Medicine and Surgery, as associate dean for research and graduate studies, and as director of the University Research Containment Facility.

The Ohio State University veterinary graduate served a clinical internship and clinical residency at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Ph.D.

His primary research interest is viral respiratory diseases of livestock species, Michigan State reported. His predecessor, Dr. Brown, was appointed dean in 2006.

More than 400 students are enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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