University of Missouri Provost and Interim Chancellor Garnett Stokes announced today that Carolyn Henry, DVM, MS, ACVIM (Oncology) will serve as the interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective Aug. 1. She will replace Neil C. Olson, DVM, PhD, who announced that he will join St. George’s University in St. George’s, Grenada, as the dean of their School of Veterinary Medicine, effective Aug. 15, 2017.
Stokes said a national dean search for the CVM will begin this fall.
Henry earned her doctor of veterinary medicine and master of science degrees, as well as completed a residency in veterinary oncology, at Auburn University. In 1993 she became an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University. She joined the faculty of the University of Missouri in 1997 as an assistant professor of oncology. Henry became the first American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine board-certified oncologist at MU. In 2001 she received a dual appointment with the MU School of Medicine. In 2002 she became the director of the Tom and Betty Scott Endowed Program in Veterinary Oncology.
Since April 2010 she has served as the faculty facilitator for the Mizzou Advantage One Health/One Medicine initiative within the Office of the Provost. In that capacity she has fostered multidisciplinary research opportunities between human and veterinary medicine. She was appointed associate director of research for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in 2012, and has served as the CVM associate dean for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies since 2013.
Henry has served on the ACVIM Board of Regents and is past president of both the Veterinary Cancer Society and the ACVIM Specialty of Oncology. In 2014 she was elected to the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished fellow and the Veterinary Medicine Academy as a distinguished practitioner and fellow. Among many other honors, she received the Student American Veterinary Medical Association Public Health and Community Outreach Teaching Excellence Award earlier this year. She was also the 2017 recipient of the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence. Presented annually by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), the award recognizes outstanding achievements and dedicated service to the veterinary profession. Kirk Award recipients’ careers in veterinary medicine have garnered national and international recognition for contributions and service in activities such as clinical medical practice, instruction, research or public service.