Kansas State announces new dean

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Dr. Bonnie Rush, the newly appointed dean of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (Courtesy of KSU)

Kansas State University has appointed Dr. Bonnie Rush (Ohio State '89) as the new dean of its College of Veterinary Medicine in June.

Dr. Rush has been serving as interim dean since 2017.

"Dr. Rush emerged as the clear leader following a competitive national search process. With her strong history of leadership for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Rush is the right choice to lead this college and its vital teaching, research, service, and outreach programs into the future," said Charles Taber, PhD, provost and executive vice president of Kansas State, in a press release.

Dr. Rush started her career at Kansas State in 1993 as a faculty member after completing her internship training at North Carolina State University in 1990 and equine internal medicine residency training at The Ohio State University in 1993. She was awarded diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine the same year.

In 1998, Dr. Rush was promoted to associate professor and then, in 2002, to professor of equine internal medicine. Dr. Rush served as head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences from 2006-17. She has also been the head of equine medicine and surgery as well as associate dean of career development. Her research interests include techniques to improve large-classroom learning, equine respiratory disease, communication training, and student wellness.

Dr. Rush has pioneered several initiatives that have enriched the academic program at KSU and benefited veterinary student career development. These include a novel recruiting program to address the rural shortage of veterinarians, an early admissions program, a student career counseling program, and a career opportunities website. She was responsible for the development and implementation of KSU's clinical competency skills assessment for fourth-year students. She has trained numerous equine medicine residents.

Dr. Rush also has served on the American Association of Equine Practitioners board of directors.