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History - Deans

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WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Deans

 

Dean Bryan Slinker

Bryan K. Slinker 2009 – present

  • Earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology (1976) from the College of Idaho
  • WSU alumnus earning a DVM in 1980, and a PhD in 1982
  • Executive associate dean and chair of the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology (VCAPP), now called the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN).
  • Postdoctoral fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco.
  • Served as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont (1986 – 1992).
  • Research focuses on heart and cardiac muscle function, has more than 50 publications in books and scientific journals.

Dean Warwick M. Bayly

Warwick M. Bayly 2001 – 2008

  • Originally from Melbourne, Australia.
  • Served at WSU for over 30 years
    • Professor of equine medicine.
    • Interim chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
    • Associate dean for continuing education.
  • Past president of the World Equine Veterinary Association.
  • Past president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Influential researcher in the area of equine performance.
  • Served as WSU Provost

Interim Dean Terry F McElwain

Terry F. McElwain (interim) 1998 – 2000

  • Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 from the College of Agriculture, Kansas State University; summa cum laude.
  • DVM, 1980, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, summa cum laude, valedictorian.
  • PhD, 1986, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University.
  • Research explores global surveillance and control of infectious diseases.
  • Extensively involved in the advancement and delivery of educational tools for advanced training of laboratory diagnosticians in development countries.
  • Member of the National Academies Institute of Medicine.
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.
  • Professor of pathology and infectious diseases.
  • Served as the executive director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory until 2015.
  • Directs the WSU’s Animal Health Research Center.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Dean Borje K Gustafsson

Borje K. Gustafsson 1989 – 1998

  • Served as interim dean for eight months before being appointed into the permanent position in April of 1989.
  • Strategic planning to accommodate unprecedented change was carried forward.
  • Oversaw the most fundamental curriculum reform in the school’s history.
  • Oversaw building the federally funded $22.7 million Animal Disease Biotechnology Facility and the $38 million Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
  • Became a faculty member of the University of Illinois’ veterinary program after leaving WSU.
  • Elected as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture in 1997.
  • Received the “Peter Hernquist” Gold Medal of the Swedish Veterinary Association in 2002.

Dean Robert B Wilson

Robert B. Wilson 1983 – 1988

  • WSU DVM Class of 1961 (highest honors)
  • Served as chairman of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (1976 – 1983).
  • Served as the director of the Idaho program (Washington – Oregon – Idaho) from 1984 to 1988.
  • Received the Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award (Excellence in Teaching and Research) in 2013.
  • Earned a Bachelor or Science degree from Utah State University.
  • Earned a PhD from the University of Toronto.
  • Held faculty positions at six universities.
  • Served as a visiting professor and scientist at six universities.
  • Long-time affiliate professor of the University of Washington’s Departments of Pathology and Oral Biology.
  • Received nine awards for excellence in teaching in his 31 years of instructing veterinary, pharmacy, medical, dental and graduate students.
  • His research focused on the interaction of nutrition and disease and animal models of human disease.
  • Held numerous consultancies in government and industry and served four years as a member of the National Advisory Research Resources Council of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Inducted by the House of Delegates of the American Veterinary Medical Association as an Honor Roll Member in 2007.

Dean Leo K Bustad

Leo K. Bustad 1973 – 1984

  • WSU DVM Class of 1949.
  • Became best known for his fascination with the human-animal bond.
  • Founder of the Delta Society.
  • Established the People-Pet Partnership.
  • He spoke eloquently and often about compassion and morality.
  • Reorganized the college of five departments to three.
  • Veterinary science building later named for Dean Bustad was completed in 1978 (took three years to build).
  • Recipient of the WSU Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1987.

Dean J A Henderson

J. A. Henderson 1963 – 1973

  • Received the McCoy Award, one of the most prestigious award made by the college, in 1989.
  • A Canadian by birth, he spent his entire professional career in clinical veterinary medicine in Canada and in this country.
  • As a farm boy from Manitoba, his main interests, according to his own description, were "baseball and draft horses."
  • Following his graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1939, he earned an Master's of Science degree from Cornell University.
  • Remained in the northeast to be the director of the first cooperative artificial insemination center in North America.
  • From there he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois where, in his words, "my duties included everything from clinical work in the university’s flocks and herds to post-mortem room operator and lecturer on poultry diseases to unsuspecting farmers."
  • During World War II, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, beginning as a navigator and eventually being assigned to Cambridge University to advise that institution on their artificial insemination program.
  • Following the war, Dr. Henderson returned to Illinois for a brief period before moving on to the faculty at Ontario Veterinary College. He remained there for 17 years, the last 13 of which he served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Surgery.
  • Collaborated with D. C. Blood to write the book Veterinary Medicine, now in its seventh edition. Few veterinary students complete their DVM education without having become acquainted with this well-known work.
  • In 1963, he immigrated to the United States to become the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.
  • Leaving WSU, he retired to his native Canada. In his words: "Since then I have devoted my talents to gardening, chopping wood, fishing, clam digging, looking after a small stud of Norwegian fjord horses, and watching with hope, but small confidence, the Mariners and Seahawks on TV."

Dean Ernest Stone

Ernest C. Stone 1952 – 1961

  • Class of 1942
  • Had been chairman of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.
  • Restored morale and presided over an era of significant growth in personnel and facilities.
  • Believed any dean would accomplish all he was going to accomplish in 10 years
  • After he resigned in 1961 he went to Pakistan to help create a veterinary school in Lyallpur, and was appointed dean of that new college.

John E McCoy

John E. McCoy 1951

  • Chair of a faculty committee that served in lieu of a dean.

Dean Roy E Nichols

Roy E. Nichols 1948 – 1950


Dean Earl E Wegner

Earl E. Wegner 1921 – 1947

  • Served as vice dean in 1920.
  • Lived in Pullman and traveled to Spokane every Friday afternoon to teach Veterinary Jurisprudence.
  • Graduated in 1908 and then practiced for a few months in Colville, Wash.
  • Joined the meat inspection service of the U.S. Bureau of Animal Industry in the fall of 1908 in Portland.
  • Joined the faculty in 1909 as an assistant professor of anatomy and surgery and remained until 1950.
  • Guided the college through some of its most difficult and formative years.
  • Tried to establish veterinary medicine as a true medical profession rather than just an adjunct to agriculture.
  • Grew up on a livestock ranch near Cheney, Wash.
  • President of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association in 1916.
  • Represented Washington in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Representatives from 1934 to 1940.
  • Represented the Seventh Executive Board District of the AVMA from 1945 to 1950.
  • Served on the Pullman City Council from 1924 to 1926.
  • Mayor of Pullman from 1926 to 1930.
  • Upon retirement from WSU he moved to Seattle and returned to equine practice.

Dean Sofus B Nelson

Sofus B. Nelson 1895 – 1919

  • A native of Denmark, an Iowa State College graduate, and a Spokane practitioner.
  • Postgraduate work at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen.
  • Appointed as State Veterinarian, professor of Veterinary Science, and member of the State Board of Health in 1895.
  • Lived in Spokane and divided his time between Spokane and Pullman (using two railroads and an electric interurban for transportation)
  • Established a curriculum designed to supplement agriculture courses and provide pre-professional training for students planning to transfer to other schools to complete a veterinary degree.
  • When he resigned as dean, he accepted an appointment by the then Washington State College president E. O. Holland as director of the Agriculture Extension Service.

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