Dr. Michael D. Lorenz, interim dean and professor of small animal medicine at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected to serve as the eighth dean of the college. He is the first OSU alumnus to hold this position.
His appointment is pending approval by the OSU Board of Regents at their meeting on April 23, according to Dr. Marlene Strathe, OSU provost and senior vice president. Lorenz received his B.S degree in pre-veterinary medicine from OSU. In 1969 he was awarded his D.V.M. degree in veterinary medicine, and also was the recipient of the Dean McElroy Award as the Outstanding OSU Graduating Veterinary Senior. Following his graduation, he did an internship and residency in small animal medicine for two years at the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell University.
He received Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine) in 1976.
Prior to joining the OSU veterinary medicine faculty as associate dean for academic affairs and professor in 1997, he was dean of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine from 1988-94, where he also was section head of small animal medicine from 1995-97.
Lorenz was on the faculty of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine from 1972-88, serving as professor and chief of staff from 1978-82 and as associate dean for academic affairs from 1982-88. Prior to this he was an assistant professor and director of interns and residents at New York State Veterinary College from 1971-72.
His primary research interest is in developing animal models for human disease, and along with a colleague, he developed the model that is still being used today for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Lorenz served as president of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1988, and was chairman of the board in 1989, and was president of Gamma Sigma Delta in 1988. He now serves on the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Publications Committee, and chaired the committee in 2002 and 2003.
Lorenz holds memberships in the American Veterinary Medical Association, Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, Phi Zeta, Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, and the Society of Comparative Endocrinology. He is the author of 13 book chapters, and the author or co-author of three books and 43 journal articles.
His OSU administrative accomplishments include implementing numerous “Town Hall” meetings with practitioners and alumni across the state to inform them about college programs. He also serves on the OSU Dean’s Council and the University Budget Committee.
Established in 1948, the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is one of 27 veterinary schools in the U.S. Approximately 2,800 students have received a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from OSU after four years of intense professional education. The college is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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