The search for the successor to AVMA Executive Vice President Bruce W. Little, who is retiring Dec. 31, 2007, continues on schedule. The search committee established by the AVMA Executive Board is in the process of reviewing applications received by the Oct. 15, 2006, deadline.
A consultant has been retained to assist the search committee in selecting the best candidate to be the AVMA's chief administrative officer. More than 250 AVMA stakeholders were invited to comment on what they consider important attributes for the next executive vice president. Stakeholders include members of the AVMA House of Delegates and Executive Board; chairs of AVMA councils, committees, and task forces; industry; heads of state VMAs; affiliated organizations; and key AVMA staff. The consultant is currently interviewing those interested parties to garner their feedback.
"Our goal is to find a worthy successor to Dr. Little, who will continue to lead AVMA and meet the needs of our members and stakeholders," said Dr. Larry M. Kornegay, Executive Board member and search committee chair. Also on the committee are Drs. Robert E. Hertzog, Deborah T. Kochevar, James H. Brandt, and Michael L. Whitehair.
Dr. Little joined the AVMA staff in 1985. He was promoted to assistant executive vice president in 1986, and was named executive vice president in January 1996. Dr. Little, in July 2006, announced his plan to retire to give the Executive Board ample time to choose his successor (see JAVMA, July 15, 2006, page 196).