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Assistant Deans & Directors

Assistant Dean for Students and Instruction

Katherine EdmondsonKatherine Edmondson
Assistant Dean for Learning and Instruction

Assistant to the Assistant Dean
Nicole Woodhull:

Dean's Suite
Phone: 607.253.3772 
Location: S3-201 Schurman Hall

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Provides support for the educational mission of the College as it pertains to the education of veterinary students. This includes the areas of:

Provides support for the faculty, including:

  • Faculty development activities
  • Consulting on matters related to teaching, learning, and curriculum design
  • Development of curriculum materials
  • Evaluation of teaching and learning
  • Oversight of educational facilities (classrooms, laboratories)
  • Educational computing and technologies

Provide administrative support to standing committees of the faculty: the Admissions Committee. Responsible for annual College events and programs, including:

  • The Senior Gala for the graduating class
  • The College's Hooding Ceremony
  • Reception following Commencement
  • New Student Orientation
  • Career Connections Forum
  • White Coat ceremony
  • Open House
  • Tutor Training Workshops

Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications

Len Johnson
Assistant Dean for Marketing & Communications

Assistant to the Assistant Dean
Eileen M. Cunningham:

Media Relations Inquiries
Melissa Osgood:

Dean's Suite
Phone: 607.253.3800
Location: S3-201 Schurman Hall

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  • Leads the development, execution and assessment of a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy for the College
  • Works collaboratively with the College’s hospital, specialty clinics and diagnostic center to increase their visibility and support revenue and caseload goals
  • Launches strategies to further strengthen and expand our relationships with referring veterinarians
  • In collaboration with Office of Alumni Affairs & Development, creates and executes a strategy and communications plan that clearly supports fundraising 
  • Provides the Office of Student & Academic Services (including Admissions) with the marketing support they need to achieve their goals
  • Leads and oversees media relations, internal communications, publications, and web development
  • Initiates and manages market research initiatives
  • Leads the development, execution and continued enhancement of the CVM’s social media and digital communications strategy
  • Develops and maintains database and measurement tools to assess effectiveness of marketing activities.
  • Evaluates and implements business customer retention marketing tactics and opportunities as base grows.

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

David J. Howe
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

Assistant to the Assistant Dean
Shannon David:

Dean's Suite
Phone: 607.253.3773
Location: S3-201 Schurman Hall

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  • Chief Business Officer for the College
  • Provide leadership, oversight and executive staff expertise to the College and its' departments for issues related to the management of: financial resources, human capital, accounting, facilities, the physical infrastructure and information technology
  • Provide oversight for department administrators relating to fiscal management of their units and supporting the above central functions in the departments
  • Serve as a member of the Dean's Executive Staff, the College Executive Committee, and CVM's representative to the University College Officers and Senior Financial Groups

Executive Director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center 

Francois ElvingerFrançois Elvinger
Executive Director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center

Assistant Dean for Diagnostic Operations
A3 210 AHDC

Assistant to the Assistant Dean
Tessa Brown:
Phone: 607.253.3782

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Serves as Assistant Dean/Executive Director responsible for leadership and development of Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) operations.

  • Develop strategic plans to guide the operations of the AHDC
  • Operational management, oversight of programs and service units within the AHDC
  • Coordination of test method development and test validation efforts within the AHDC
  • Oversee the preparation and administration of budgets
  • Ensure that finances of all the programs and service units are administered in compliance with regulations and policies. Make improvements in the operational performance and organizational efficiency of the AHDC, ensuring accountability at all levels of the organization and maintain a positive net financial return for the operation
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications, develop marketing plans and client satisfaction strategies to extend the reputation and profile of the AHDC
  • Negotiate service fee subsidies
  • Communicate and coordinate activities of the AHDC with State and Federal agencies:
    • Communicate regularly with the NYS Veterinarian and USDA Area Veterinarian in Charge
    • Interact with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and NYS Department of Health
    • Interact with the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories for coordination of regulatory testing issues
    • Represent the AHDC at activities of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN)
  • Maintain accreditation and represent professional interests:
    • Represent the AHDC before the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)
    • Maintain AAVLD accreditation
    • Implement and maintain a Quality Assurance system
    • Represent the AHDC before the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) or other similar organizations

Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development

Alison SmithAlison Smith
Interim Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs & Development 

Assistant to the Assistant Dean
Beth Osborne:
Phone: 607.254.6129

Location: S2-018 Schurman Hall

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Provide strategic leadership for Alumni Affairs & Development programs in support of the college's mission and priorities, including:

  • Alumni Affairs and Development programs that increase participation, involvement and financial support for the college.
  • College-wide fund raising programs, including individual giving, Annual Fund, corporate and foundation support and planned giving.
  • Alumni Affairs and Development efforts involving prominent programs such as the Cornell University Hospital for AnimalsBaker Institute, and Feline Health Center.
  • Alumni Association and College Advisory Council.
  • Alumni and Development events and programs including Reunion, alumni and affiliate receptions, homecoming, faculty speakers, as well as fundraising and donor recognition events.
  • Coordination with university AA&D functions including alumni and donor records, gift management, acknowledgments, endowment reporting and donor stewardship.
  • Primary liaison with university divisions of Alumni Affairs and Development, with reporting lines to the Dean of the College and the Director of College and Unit Alumni Affairs and Development.

Director of Veterinary Curriculum

Marnie FitzMauriceMarnie FitzMaurice
Director of Veterinary Curriculum

Assistant to the Director
Jill Short:

Phone: 607.253.3472
Location: S3-201 Schurman Hall

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  • Provides college-level leadership in our ongoing efforts to improve the DVM curriculum and maintains our reputation for excellence in veterinary education
  • Supports and coordinates the work of the curriculum and syllabus committees and foundation course leaders
  • Works collaboratively with the faculty and college administrators to evaluate and respond to future needs and trends in the veterinary profession and to foster innovation in our curriculum.
  • Provides leadership for several ongoing college initiatives including modification of the curriculum footprint, continued effort to improve clinical ability in primary care medicine and surgery, and development of the seven-year BS/DVM program.

Director of the Baker Institute of Animal Health and Cornell Feline Health Center

Luis M. Schang, MV, PhD
Director of the Baker Institute of Animal Health and Cornell Feline Health Center

Assistant to the Director
Shelagh Johnston:

Phone: 607.256.5615
Location: 235 Hungerford Hill Road, Ithaca, NY

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The James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health is one of the oldest research centers dedicated to the study of veterinary infectious diseases, immunology and genetics. Discoveries made at the Baker Institute have important implications for all animals, including humans.

Assistant Dean for Hospital Operations and Director of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals

Meg ThompsonMeg Thompson
Assistant Dean for Hospital Operations

Assistant to the Director
Marcy Benda:

Phone: 607.253.3030
Location: Vet Medical Center, C2209

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As Hospital Director:

  • Establish strategic direction for all aspects of hospital operations, including patient care, medical records, pharmacy/materials management, technical services, client relations, personal managements, facilities, and budget oversight
  • Provide leadership in patient care, education, clinical investigation and scientific innovation in veterinary medicine
  • Oversee Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer and Clinic Director including staffing decisions, budget accountability and all general operations
  • Develop and implement, in cooperation with the College administration, faculty, and medical directors, strategic goals for continuously strengthening the teaching and clinical mission of the hospital, while delivering exemplary patient care in an optimal working and learning environment for our students

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