Florida dean retires

Published on June 26, 2019
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Dr. James W. Lloyd, outgoing dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, held the position for six years. (Courtesy of UF)

Dr. James W. Lloyd stepped down from his position as the dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in May. He was the sixth dean of the veterinary college and held the job for six years.

Before his time at UF, Dr. Lloyd was the associate dean for budget, planning, and institutional research at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was also the leader of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues working group for nine years.

During Dr. Lloyd's time as dean, UF established a diversity committee and diversity training for administration and staff, and the veterinary college worked with the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Students Association and the Lesbian and Gay VMA—now the Pride Veterinary Medical Community—to create an inclusive climate. He also received the 2018 Distinguished Life Member Award from VetPartners, a nonprofit association of veterinary business specialists.

Dr. Lloyd was key in developing the UF veterinary college's scholarship program. In 2014, the veterinary college saw a 24% increase in the amount of scholarship money being awarded and an 11% decrease in mean student debt, as previously reported by JAVMA News. The scholarship initiative has raised over $24 million, according to Dr. Lloyd.

"The UF-CVM is emerging as a globally recognized leader in academic veterinary medicine," Dr. Lloyd said in an email to stakeholders.

Dr. Lloyd was instrumental in improving several areas of the veterinary college during his time there, including advancing work in one health, enhancing the student experience, expanding diagnostic services, upgrading facilities, and focusing on diversity and inclusion by restructuring the alumni association.

Dr. Lloyd received his veterinary degree in 1981 and a doctorate in agricultural economics and operations research in 1989, both from Michigan State.

The veterinary college is conducting a national search for a new dean. Thomas W. Vickroy, PhD, has stepped in as interim dean.

Related JAVMA content:

Six southeast veterinary colleges band together (March 1, 2019)

UF veterinary college launches scholarship initiative (July 1, 2015)

Michigan State administrator takes top post at Florida (June 15, 2013)