September 01, 2013


 Oregon dean moves to lead Virginia-Maryland

  Dr. Cyril R. Clarke

Dr. Cyril R. Clarke of Corvallis, Ore., has been named the fourth dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, effective Oct. 1.

Dr. Clarke currently serves as professor and dean of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

At Virginia-Maryland, he will succeed Dr. Gerhardt G. Schurig, who will return to the faculty after 10 years as interim dean and then dean.

A native of Johannesburg, Dr. Clarke helped strengthen the Oregon State veterinary college’s clinical programs and student experiences. He was also instrumental in the collaborative creation of the university’s new Division of Health Sciences between the veterinary and pharmacy colleges.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, Dr. Clarke was a faculty member from 1987-2007 at Oklahoma State University, where he also served as a department head and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2007, he assumed the position of dean at Oregon State’s veterinary college, where he also teaches pharmacology. 

Dr. Clarke is a member of the board of directors for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. He is also a member of the Department of Agriculture’s National Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board and a past president of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

In the past, Dr. Clarke was honored with the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence and the Oregon VMA President’s Award.

His research has focused on interactions among bacteria, antibacterial agents, and host defenses; drug disposition and pharmacokinetics; and biosensor technology development.

He received a BVSc degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 1981; a doctorate in veterinary pharmacology from Louisiana State University in 1987; and a master’s in higher education from Oklahoma State in 2000.