Cott to Lead CVM Development Team
Neil Olson, dean of the University of Missouri College of
Veterinary Medicine, recently named Dr. Ron Cott as the new
director of development. Cott, who joined the college in 2001,
will serve concurrently in his current position at the college
as associate dean for student and alumni affairs.
The appointment will combine fundraising,
alumni relations, external relations and special events under
one leadership role to enhance coordination between those
"Through his years as a private
practice veterinarian in Kansas City, and most recently as
an associate dean, Dr. Cott has developed numerous relationships
throughout Missouri as well as nationally that will serve
him well in his new role," Olson said.
Cott received his doctorate in veterinary
medicine from the University of Missouri in 1973. After spending
three years in the Army he entered into private companion
animal practice in the Kansas City area for the next 25 years.
In 2001 he was appointed associate dean for the College of
Veterinary Medicine. He serves as instructor and director
for the college’s Fundamentals of Veterinary Business
Management course and teaches business in the clinical community
Cott has chaired the American Veterinary
Medical Association’s Model Mentoring Task Force, which
helped develop the AVMA Mentoring Center. He has served on
the Skills, Knowledge, Aptitude and Attitude subcommittee
of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues ,
which promotes the recognition of the non-technical skills
of the profession. After more than 30 years of commitment
to organized veterinary medicine at the local, state and national
levels, he is now serving in the House of Delegates of the
AVMA as the delegate representing the Missouri Veterinary
Medical Association. He has been recognized as the MVMA Veterinarian
of the Year, Alumnus of the Year for the MU College of Veterinary
Medicine, and has received the university’s Gold Chalk
Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in the education,
training and development of graduate and professional students.
Cott said he is looking forward to
this new challenge.
"Financial issues appear to
be part of the norm for the university," he said. "Taking
the position of director of development for the CVM provides
an opportunity to impact the future of the college in many
ways. I look forward to working with the dean and others to
develop a visionary concept of where we will need to be in
20 years. It is exciting to play a significant role in the
future of the college."
Cott replaces Greg Jones, who left
the college last summer to open a law practice.
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