December 15, 2017


 Clarke promoted at Virginia Tech

​Posted Nov. 29, 2017

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, PhD, named Dr. Cyril R. Clarke to be interim executive vice president and provost, effective Nov. 1.

Dr. Clarke had served as dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech since 2013.

"In Cyril, we have a dedicated and inspirational leader—one with broad knowledge of Virginia Tech. Not only is he deeply committed to our shared vision, but he also has a unique understanding of the environment and culture we must navigate," Dr. Sands said in an Oct. 30 university press release.

​Dr. Cyril Clarke

Clarke has led the veterinary college to achieve several recent successes. The college plans to launch its first undergraduate degree program—in public health—in 2018. Together with the Master of Public Health program, the undergraduate program will be an integral component of the college's one-health initiative, which recognizes the close linkages among animal health, human health, and the environment. This commitment to one health is reflected also in the veterinary college's engagement with the developing health sciences and technology program in Roanoke, Virginia, in partnership with Carilion Clinic.

The program recently revised its DVM degree curriculum, emphasizing integration of courses, team-based learning, and hands-on experience gained in teaching hospitals in Blacksburg and Leesburg, Virginia.

A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Clarke earned his veterinary degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 1981 and a doctorate in veterinary pharmacology from Louisiana State University in 1987. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, Dr. Clarke was a faculty member at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences from 1987-2007.

In 2007, Dr. Clarke became dean of the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He also served as a professor of pharmacology in the veterinary college's Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Clarke previously served as a member of the board of directors for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the AVMA Council on Education as well as president of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Dr. Gregory B. Daniel was named interim dean of the Virginia-Maryland veterinary college, where he is professor of radiology and head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. He holds a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Basic Science Education at Virginia Tech's Carilion School of Medicine. He is a diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and represents the Amer­i­­­can Association of Veterinary Clini­­cians in the AVMA House of Delegates.