Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
Mentor of the Year Award, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Student Chapters (2012); C.E. Cornelius Faculty Research Award, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (1999); Young Achievers Award, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (1996)
As the dean of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, I am responsible for advancing the educational, outreach, and research missions of the college. This includes supporting 131 faculty members in their professional work, educating 420 veterinary students and 71 graduate students, facilitating research that generates approximately $12.5 million in extramural funding per year, and operating a teaching hospital that treats over 16,000 animals per year. Auburn veterinarians are well represented throughout the southeastern U.S. due to the college’s role as a regional educational resource for veterinary medicine.
When I was an undergraduate student in Animal and Dairy Sciences, I was a member of Alpha Zeta, the national agricultural honorary society. Our major fundraiser was the Alpha Zeta garden plots on West Samford Avenue. This was a major event for the Auburn Community as many faculty members and graduate students on campus would rent a plot. Every spring, the Alpha Zeta members, faculty and advisor, Dr. Dozier, would arrange to have the plots plowed and then we would mark them off and install an extensive PVC irrigation system. When the plots were rented, it was almost like the great western land rush – people were running with their garden tools to stake their claim and begin cultivating.