Dean of WSU veterinary college to step down

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Dr. Bryan Slinker, dean of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will retire at the end of the year. (Photo by Henry Moore Jr./WSU)

The dean of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Bryan Slinker (WSU '80), will step down at the end of 2019.

"I have dedicated my career to life sciences, receiving both my DVM and PhD degrees from WSU in this college, and I am a Coug through and through," Dr. Slinker said in a press release. "This college has been a very important part of me for most of my adult life."

Dr. Slinker has been the dean of the veterinary college for 11 years.

During his tenure, he oversaw the building of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and an increase in the student population.

Dr. Slinker's leadership has led the veterinary college to be ranked first among U.S. veterinary colleges in attracting Department of Agriculture funding and third for overall federal research funding, according to the press release.

"It has been my great honor and pleasure to serve as dean of my alma mater, and I am grateful for the good fortune to work with so many incredible people across our college, throughout WSU, and among our many alumni and friends," he said in the press release.

Dr. Slinker previously served as an assistant professor at the University of Vermont and an associate professor at the WSU veterinary college. He also served as chair of the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology at WSU. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

The university will launch a search for a new dean during the spring.