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School of Veterinary Medicine Dean Alan Kelly
Stepping Down

Dr. Alan Kelly, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, has decided to step down as dean of the School on October 1, 2005, to begin a year-long sabbatical.  At that time, he will have completed a remarkably successful 11-year tenure as dean, including a first year as interim dean.  “As our longest serving dean, Alan has made a tremendous impact on the School of Veterinary Medicine and will leave the School in exceptionally strong condition,” said President Amy Gutmann in announcing Dr. Kelly’s plans.  

“We owe Alan an enormous debt of gratitude for his extraordinary leadership and service. He has been a wonderfully creative and energetic dean and has worked tirelessly and effectively to enhance the School’s reputation as the preeminent veterinary school in basic scientific research and superb clinical care,” Dr. Gutmann added.

“Throughout his tenure, Alan has worked successfully to solidify the School’s financial base. He secured $50 million for a new teaching and research building and successfully led the most ambitious fund-raising initiative in the School’s history. This campaign, slated for completion in July 2006, is expected to exceed its $100 million goal. Alan also has overseen the Veterinary School’s growth in NIH funding from $7.4 million to $17.8 million and a growth in sponsored research from $11.1 million to $25.2 million during that same time period,” Interim Provost Peter Conn added.

Dr. Kelly leaves the Veterinary School’s physical facilities in measurably better shape, with much needed laboratory renovations and the construction of a new teaching and research building underway.  

The School continues to lead all U.S. veterinary schools and colleges in the impact of its basic science research. It is also world-renowned in important clinical areas including postgraduate and clinical specialty education, equine sports medicine, and companion animal clinical programs, such as critical care and emergency medicine.

Dr. Kelly understands the importance of the School to the Commonwealth’s agricultural community. He has partnered with state officials and others to ensure that the School continues its support of Pennsylvania’s number one industry through effective agricultural and farm animal care programs. As a result of Dr. Kelly’s efforts, the School’s state appropriation has grown from $11 million to $37.3 million during the past 10 years. 

Because Dr. Kelly will remain as dean until October 2005, Dr. Gutmann and Dr. Conn expect to have a smooth transition to new leadership for the School. A search committee will be formed shortly to search for Dr. Kelly’s replacement.

 

 


  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 14, December 7, 2004

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