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Dr. Warwick Arden to become dean in North Carolina

[Dr. Warwick Arden]Dr. Warwick Arden, who has led the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine for the past 4 years, was recently named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

“I am enthusiastic about the opportunities and challenges ahead,” he says. “The North Carolina college enjoys a high profile, both within the state and nationally. There are exciting developments on the horizon, with a new research facility opening next spring and plans for new companion animal and equine medical centers.”

He notes that his leadership philosophy will be the same there as at Illinois: Get great faculty and staff, and give them the resources they need. They will make things happen.

He adds, “Get great faculty and staff, and give them the resources they need. They will make things happen.”

He adds, “Great faculty have accomplished so much since I’ve been at Illinois, and they should get the credit.”

Under Dr. Arden’s direction, the clinical medicine department and teaching hospital hired 20 new faculty members, increased veterinary technician and support staff by more than 50 percent, reorganized several department sections, renovated clinical and research facilities, and expanded research and clinical service activities through growth in hospital revenue. Programs were developed in rehabilitation medicine, wildlife and exotic medicine, zoological and aquatic medicine, and urban animal health/ shelter medicine.

College dean Dr. Herb Whiteley expressed his appreciation for Dr. Arden’s contributions at Illinois, noting, “He made a significant impact on the department, bringing together an outstanding group of clinician-scientists, initiating new programs, and enhancing clinical service.”

With Dr. Arden’s appointment, three of the 28 U.S. veterinary colleges will be headed by administrators tapped from Illinois positions within the past 8 years.

Dr. Peter Constable, professor in food animal reproduction, medicine, and surgery and assistant department head for graduate studies and research, will serve as interim head of veterinary clinical medicine upon Dr. Arden’s departure. For a profile of Dr. Constable, please see the Featured Faculty article.

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