Calvin Johnson named dean of College of Veterinary Medicine

13 Feb

Calvin Johnson

Auburn University veterinary professor, department head and alumnus Dr. Calvin Johnson has been named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine after a national search, announced today by Dr. Timothy Boosinger, Auburn provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“He has done an excellent job as a department head and during his time as acting dean,” Boosinger said. “His record is outstanding. We are excited that he will be leading the college in the coming years.”

Johnson, head of the Department of Pathobiology, joined the Auburn faculty as a professor in 2003 and was named department head in 2005. His experience also includes 11 years at the University of Florida.

“I am very honored to have been named dean and am enthusiastic about working with the faculty, staff, students and alumni to mold our programs to meet the needs of a 21st century global society, while preserving Auburn’s historical strengths in veterinary medicine,” Johnson said.

He becomes Auburn’s seventh veterinary dean since the college was established in 1907; the veterinary medicine program began at Auburn in 1892. He succeeds Boosinger, who served as dean for 16 years until 2011, when he was named Auburn’s provost. Johnson was acting dean for 17 months, followed by Fred Hoerr as interim dean for four months.

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