Dr. Markel currently chairs the school’s department of medical sciences and is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and dean for advancement. He succeeds Daryl Buss, DVM, Ph.D., who stepped down in June.
Markel will be just the third dean in the school’s 29-year history when he assumes the new role Sept. 1, 2012.
"I'm both humbled and thrilled to be asked to lead one of North America's pre-eminent schools of veterinary medicine," Markel said. "My objective will be to build on the foundation both (Dr. Buss) and our founding dean (Bernard Easterday) created here at the school."
Markel was chosen over three other finalists, including Ina Dobrinski, Dr.Med.Vet., M.V.Sc., Ph.D., Dipl. ACT, head of the department of comparative biology and experimental medicine in the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary; Christopher Olsen, DVM, Ph.D., professor of public health in Wisonsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine; and Robert Washabau, WMD, Ph.D., professor of medicine in the department of veterinary clinical sciences at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
Markel joined Wisconsin in 1990 as an assistant professor of large animal surgery. In addition to his faculty appointment and administration roles at the School of Veterinary Medicine, he holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and Public Health, is an affiliate in the Institute on Aging and is a member of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.