Cornell University has named Dr. Michael I. Kotlikoff as dean of the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, with a five-year term beginning July 1. He will succeed Dr. Donald F. Smith, who is returning to the faculty after a 10-year deanship.
Dr. Kotlikoff is chair of the college's Department of Biomedical Sciences and director of the Core Transgenic Mouse Facility. He also has chaired the Provost's Cornell Local Advisory Committee and the Mammalian Genomics Initiative. He has served on the Cornell Genomics and Life Sciences Task Force, the Cornell Institute for Biotechnology and Life Science Technologies Scientific Administrative Board, and the Cornell Neurosciences Steering Committee.
As dean, Dr. Kotlikoff will be the chief academic and administrative officer of the veterinary college, which has approximately 265 faculty, 680 staff members, 320 veterinary students, and 145 other graduate students.
Previously, Dr. Kotlikoff was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He chaired the school's Department of Animal Biology and directed the Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Research. He also held a joint appointment in the School of Medicine.
Dr. Kotlikoff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.