April 7, 2006

Dean of Vet School Resigns From Post

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Donald F. Smith, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, announced that he will step down as dean next year after 10 years in office.

Smith said that he plans to return to the faculty and explore special issues in the veterinary profession, particularly the role of companion animals in American family life.

“The role of pets in society is changing very rapidly, and it is critical that the veterinary profession become more proactive in providing leadership in areas of public policy, health management and the dynamics of the family planning as they relate to pets,” Smith said in a press release.

Smith, the first certified clinician to serve as Vet School dean, was appointed by President Hunter R. Rawlings III in April 1997.

Rawlings said that Smith pioneered Cornell’s efforts in biomedical research by establishing academic priorities in three fields: clinical and diagnostic sciences in infectious disease, cancer biology and oncology and mammalian genomics.

Provost Biddy Martin plans to create a search committee to find a new dean later this spring.

Archived article by Sun Staff