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February 01, 2020

Virginia-Maryland names new dean

Published on January 15, 2020
Dr. Givens
Dr. M. Daniel Givens will be the fifth dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. (Courtesy of Auburn University)

After a national search, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has named Dr. M. Daniel Givens as its new dean. He will take over the position in June.

Dr. Givens (Auburn ‘94) is currently the associate dean for academic affairs at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and a professor there in the Department of Pathobiology. He is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and the American College of Theriogenologists.

Dr. Cyril Clarke, Virginia Tech executive vice president and provost, said in a press release that Dr. Givens is a respected researcher, clinician, and academic leader and his collaborative approach will advance Virginia Tech’s strategic mission. Dr. Clarke was dean of the Virginia-Maryland veterinary college before he stepped into his new role.

Dr. Givens has received multiple teaching awards during his time at Auburn University since 2000, including the Carl J. Norden–Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award and the Student AVMA Teacher of the Year. 

Dr. Givens’ research into infectious diseases that affect reproduction in cattle has resulted in the publication of more than 85 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and also produced two international patents. He is also an AVMA Council on Education site visitor.

Dr. Givens will succeed Dr. Gregory B. Daniel, who has served as interim dean since 2017, when Dr. Clarke left the position. Dr. Daniel will return to his faculty position in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences when Dr. Givens takes over as dean.