Dr. Michael D. Lorenz, dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, announced that he will be stepping down from the lead position.
Dr. Lorenz served as interim dean from 2001-2004 and as dean from 2004 to the present. His accomplishments include establishing the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology, securing funds for an addition to the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, and implementing an energy conservation system for the veterinary center.
"I've enjoyed serving as dean of the veterinary center," Dr. Lorenz said. "As a graduate of this college, it is near and dear to my heart. When I accepted the deanship at OSU, I said I would stay for five years. I've been in this position for nine years altogether. I will step down as soon as a new dean is named or July 2012—whichever comes first."
Dr. Lorenz earned his veterinary degree from OSU in 1969. He completed specialty training at Cornell University and earned board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in small animal internal medicine.
Dr. Lorenz served on the veterinary faculties at Cornell and the University of Georgia before he accepted the deanship at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was dean from 1988-1994. He returned to Oklahoma State in 1997, joining the veterinary faculty as associate dean for academic affairs.
In addition to small animal internal medicine, Dr. Lorenz has a strong interest in veterinary neurology. He continues to teach neurology and other subjects to veterinary students.