Michigan State finds dean internally

Published on July 16, 2014
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Dr. John C. Baker, a longtime faculty member at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, took over as dean of the college, effective June 20. Dr. Baker was asked to take the position by Provost June Youatt after the previous dean, Dr. Christopher M. Brown, stepped down.  

Dr. Baker (Ohio ’80), who has been a professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences for the past 30 years, also served as the associate director of AgBioResearch at the university. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 

While at Michigan State, Dr. Baker has served in a number of capacities, including associate dean for research and graduate studies within the veterinary college and acting director of AgBioResearch from 2004-2005. He began his career at the university in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, where he was section head for Food Animal Medicine and Surgery. 

Dr. John C. Baker (Courtesy of MSU CVM)

Before coming to Michigan State, Dr. Baker served a clinical internship and clinical residency from 1981-1984 at the University of Minnesota, where he also received a doctorate. His primary research interest is viral respiratory diseases of livestock species.

Dr. Baker succeeds Dr. Brown, who has served as dean of the veterinary college since 2006. His tenure saw the creation of the Learning and Assessment Center, a joint effort of the health professions colleges at MSU that allows students to practice communication and technical skills.

Dr. Brown (Liverpool ’72), prior to becoming dean, chaired the Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies at the University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College and was acting director of that college’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Earlier, he had chaired the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and served as director of the college’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Brown also has served as a professor of large animal clinical sciences at Michigan State. He held a number of positions, including head of the Equine Medicine and Surgery Section in the Veterinary Clinical Center and acting head of the center’s Radiology Section.

Dr. Brown is also a diplomate of the ACVIM.