Tufts University has appointed Dr. Deborah Turner Kochevar as dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, effective Aug. 1. She succeeds Dr. Philip C. Kosch, who spent a decade as dean before taking a sabbatic year and a position at the provost's office. Dr. M. Sawkat Anwer has served as interim dean.
Dr. Kochevar is associate dean for professional programs at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she holds the Wiley Chair of Veterinary Medical Education. She also is professor of veterinary physiology and pharmacology, with a joint appointment in medical physiology. She has been on the faculty at Texas A&M since 1987, and she served as acting dean in 2004 and in 2005. She graduated from Texas A&M in 1981 and earned a PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1987.
Among Dr. Kochevar's many awards for teaching is the Student AVMA's National Teaching Award in Basic Science. Her research focuses on pharmacology and on cellular and molecular biology.
She is president of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. She has chaired the AVMA Council on Education and Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. As vice-chair of the AVMA Council on Research, she has also served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Veterinary Research.
From 1996-1997, Dr. Kochevar spent a year in Washington, D.C., as an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow to the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. From 1984-1986, she was a fellow through the National Research Service Award program of the National Institutes of Health.