Deans announced

Three veterinary colleges name administrators
Published on July 15, 2004
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Over the past few months, the colleges of veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, and Virginia Tech have welcomed new deans.

On Aug. 1, Dr. Warwick A. Arden became dean at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He came to NCSU from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was professor and head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine.

Dr. Arden succeeds Dr. Oscar Fletcher, who in September 2003 announced his plan to step down. Dr. Fletcher will remain on the faculty as a tenured professor.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Arden specializes in general surgery of small and large domestic animals. His research interests include the pathophysiology of ischemia, sepsis, and shock. He also studies the regulation of calcium in endothelial and vascular smooth muscle in health and disease.

In his four years at the University of Illinois, Dr. Arden has recruited more than 20 new faculty. He has been instrumental in developing new instructional programs in exotic and wildlife medicine, zoologic medicine, aquatic animal medicine, urban and shelter medicine, and animal rehabilitation. Dr. Arden has also directed extensive facility and equipment renovations at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and has played a key role in increasing hospital technical staff.

From 1986-1990, Dr. Arden was assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University. Before that, he was on faculty in the departments of Surgery and Physiology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

The Australia native received his veterinary degree from the University of Sydney in 1981. He completed his postgraduate training in large animal surgery there in 1982, and at Michigan State University in 1986. Later, Dr. Arden received a PhD degree in physiology and biophysics from the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1993.

Dr. Michael D. Lorenz was selected to serve as eighth dean of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The board of regents approved his appointment in late April. Dr. Lorenz had been serving as interim dean and professor of small animal medicine.

After receiving his DVM degree from Oklahoma State in 1969, he served an internship and residency in small animal medicine at Cornell University. In 1976, he became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Lorenz was also dean of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, from 1988-1994, and subsequently served as section head of small animal medicine. At the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, he was on faculty from 1972-1988, serving as professor and chief of staff, and then associate dean for academic affairs. Prior to that, he was on faculty at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University.

Dr. Lorenz joined the Oklahoma State faculty in 1997, as associate dean for academic affairs and professor.

His primary research interest is developing animal models for human neurologic diseases. Along with a colleague, he developed the model that is still being used for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

At Oklahoma State, Dr. Lorenz's administrative accomplishments include implementing town hall meetings with practitioners and alumni across the state to inform them about college programs. He has also been serving on the Dean's Council and the University Budget Committee.

Dr. Lorenz was president of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1988 and chaired the ACVIM board the following year. He serves on the Publications Committee of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and was chair in 2002 and 2003.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has named Dr. Gerhardt G. Schurig as its third dean. He assumed the position June 1. A founding faculty member, Dr. Schurig built an internationally regarded research program in veterinary immunology at the college.

Dr. Schurig has been serving as interim dean since October 2003, following the resignation of former Dean Peter Eyre. Prior to that post, Dr. Schurig had spent a few months as director of Virginia Tech's new Institute for Biomedical and Public Health Sciences, and as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the veterinary college, a post he had held since 2001.

A veterinary immunologist in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Dr. Schurig joined the Virginia-Maryland faculty in 1978. In 1996, he developed the RB-51 vaccine, which was adopted that year by the Department of Agriculture as the official vaccine for bovine brucellosis and which has become the global standard for brucellosis control. He has also been working with the United States Army Medical Research and Development Command to develop a human brucellosis vaccine.

During the 1980s, Dr. Schurig led efforts to establish the college's Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases, which is focused on developing vaccines for infectious diseases that are of agricultural and public health significance.

Dr. Schurig earned his DVM degree in 1970 from the University of Chile and a PhD degree in immunology from Cornell University. He then spent two years working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the Virginia-Maryland faculty.

At the college, he has led the international programs and directed the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Veterinary Education in Management and Public Health. Dr. Schurig served as head of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences in the mid-1980s.