Dr. L. J. "Kelvin" Koong has been named dean of the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Koong began his new duties on Nov 1, and they will continue through June 30, 2001, when the search for a permanent dean should be concluded. He succeeds Dr. Robert Wilson, who resigned as dean on June 30.
Dr. Koong joined the Oregon State University faculty as a professor of animal science in 1987 and also served as associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1991, he was named head of the Department of Animal Sciences, a position he held three years, until he was named associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences in 1994.
A graduate of National Taiwan University in 1964, Dr. Koong continued his education in the United States, receiving a master's degree in animal science and a PhD degree in biomathematics from North Carolina State University.
He joined the faculty of the University of California-Davis in 1973, and remained there for seven years, working in animal science and agronomy, and range science. Dr. Koong worked as a research leader for three years at the Roman L. Hruska US Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska before being named associate dean for research and associate director of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Nevada-Reno in 1983.
"Dr. Koong has a wealth of experience that should be invaluable as the college continues to plan for the future of veterinary medicine education in Oregon," said Roy Arnold, provost and executive vice president.