Dr. Olson Appointed
Veterinary Medicine Dean
Neil Olson, associate dean for research and graduate studies
at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State
University, has been appointed as dean of the University of
Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine, MU Provost
Brian Foster announced today. Olson will start the new position
on Sept. 1.
"This is an incredibly important position
on this campus and is a central component of what we do here
at Mizzou as well as across the state," Foster said.
"We're very pleased that Neil Olson accepted the position.
He received a very positive reception from both on and off-campus
constituents when he came here for an earlier visit."
Olson earned a bachelor's degree in veterinary
science in 1973 and a doctorate of veterinary medicine in
1975 from the University of Minnesota. He also earned a doctorate
in physiology from Michigan State University in 1982. He has
been a faculty member of North Carolina State University (NCSU)
Olson has held a number of administrative
appointments at NCSU including director of graduate programs,
director of the Summer Research Internship Program, and director
of the Biomedical Imaging Center. He was appointed to his
current position as associate dean in 1998.
"I'm very excited about this position,
and I think that MU's College of Veterinary Medicine has many
areas of strength that are especially important today including
the faculty's expertise in infectious diseases, their work
with outreach programs to the rest of the state and region,
and the nature of their collaborations throughout campus and
the nation," Olson said. "This is the only veterinary
college in the state, and I would like to see this college
ranked in the top five veterinary schools in the nation in
a short period of time. I'm looking forward to this exciting
Olson said that he has plans to be on campus
in mid-August to greet students and faculty members when they
return for the fall semester. He also hopes to schedule visits
with veterinarians throughout the state soon.
Olson received a National Research
Service award from the National Institutes of Health in 1979.
He also was awarded an Outstanding Scientist Award from Sigma
Xi in 1986, received the Distinguished Scholarly Achievement
Award at the NCSU Honors Convocation in 1986 and was recognized
with the Basler Taler Coin Award in Recognition for Outstanding
Research in Animal Health in 1993. Olson has served as a chairperson
at the annual meetings of the Research Workers in Animal Disease
and the Comparative Respiratory Society. He also was elected
to the National Board of Directors for the Comparative Respiratory
Society in 1985 and 1991. His research has focused on cardiopulmonary
health and disease.
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