The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges announced Aug. 8 that Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou will become its next executive director, Nov. 1. She succeeds Dr. Lawrence E. Heider, who will retire Oct. 30.
"We could not be more pleased with the selection of Dr. Pappaioanou as head of the AAVMC," said Dr. Tim Boosinger, dean of Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine and head of the search committee. "She brings a wealth of experience in international public health, infectious disease crisis management, and health science policy to this position, and we look forward to her visionary leadership in tackling the challenges facing our profession in the years ahead."
Dr. Pappaioanou holds a joint appointment as professor of infectious disease epidemiology in the School of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.
Prior to her academic appointments at Minnesota, Dr. Pappaioanou held numerous positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most recently as acting deputy director in the Office of Global Health in 2004, and associate director for Science and Policy from 1999-2004. She co-coordinated the CDC's international response to the SARS and avian influenza outbreaks in 2003 and served as the CDC's point of contact for Department of Health and Human Service activities in Afghanistan and Iraq. She continues to serve as an associate editor of the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, published by the CDC's Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases.
This past July, Dr. Pappaioanou was named to serve on the AVMA One Health Initiative Task Force.
"I believe that veterinary medicine has such a vital role to play in responding to crucial societal needs—including food safety and animal health, biomedical research, public health, emergency response, and protecting the well-being of our ecosystem," Dr. Pappaioanou said. "As the representative of the distinguished institutions where veterinarians are educated and trained, AAVMC can be the nexus for addressing those needs."
Dr. Pappaioanou earned her DVM degrees at Michigan State University in 1972 and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.