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Cott to Lead CVM Development Team

Dr. Ron CottDr. 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 programs.

"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 practice rotation.

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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