Posted Jul. 3, 2012
Dr. Glen F. Hoffsis, 71, announced June 7 that he plans to step down as dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dean Hoffsis, hired in August 2006, expects to remain on board as dean for another year and will leave UF on July 1, 2013.
||Dr. Glen F. Hoffsis (Courtesy of University of Florida CVM
Under Dean Hoffsis’ leadership, the veterinary college funded and constructed the $58 million, 100,000-square-foot UF Small Animal Hospital in 2010 as well as a state-of-the-art auditorium and educational center.
He also advanced scientific inquiry with key recruitments of accomplished scientists and, most recently, helped create the Pet Emergency Services clinic in Ocala, Fla., as a joint venture with community-based veterinarians; it is scheduled to open July 2.
The veterinary college has grappled with budget cuts, including the largest percentage cut of any UF college—about 15 percent or nearly $3.2 million in the coming fiscal year. Its budget plan includes leaving positions unfilled at the hospital and veterinary college indefinitely, canceling several advertised faculty positions, and using one-time budget reserves.
Dean Hoffsis said the college’s efforts to boost funding have included increasing the enrollment of nonresident students. Veterinary college enrollment changed from 88 in the Class of 2013, which included six out-of-state students, to 102 in the Class of 2015, with 12 out-of-state students. The college has also raised more than $50 million in its current development campaign.
“These funds are essential to us as state resources continue to decline. With these accomplishments and so much more left to do, it is difficult for me to leave. However, this is also a good time for a new leader to benefit from the momentum we have established and to engage in new challenges,” the dean said in a press release.
Dean Hoffsis came to Florida after serving as dean at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, a po-sition he held for 11 years. He later served for two years as the associate director of veterinary services for Iams.
Dean Hoffsis will return to Columbus, Ohio, and work as a veterinary consultant and continue to serve on the boards of directors of the Citizens Bank of Ashville, Ohio; the Live Oak Bank of Wilmington, N.C.; and Banfield Pet Hospital.
UF will embark on a national search to find a new dean.