Colorado State Announces New Dean to Head Prestigious College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

A new dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University has been selected, President Albert C. Yates announced today. Dr. Lance E. Perryman from North Carolina State University has been named to succeed Dean James Voss, who retires in October of this year.

"After a comprehensive search involving many strong candidates, we selected an individual who has the experience, understanding and vision to keep the college a leader in the fields of veterinary medicine and the biomedical sciences," said President Yates.

Dr. Tony Frank, Vice President for Research, noted "Dr. Perryman has an appreciation for the commitment to excellence in research, teaching and service which has made the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences one of the finest in the nation."

Dr. Perryman has been with North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine since 1994 as professor and head of the department of microbiology, pathology and parasitology. Prior to that, he was associate dean for research and graduate education and director of the Animal Health Research Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.

Perryman’s research has targeted immune deficiency disorders and the infectious agents that cause diseases in animals and people with inadequate immune systems.

"I am very pleased to be selected as the next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University," Dr. Perryman said. "The college has an outstanding reputation as a knowledge enterprise, earned through accomplishments in clinical care, biomedical discovery and education of undergraduate, graduate and veterinary medical students."

"Veterinary medicine has entered an era of remarkable challenges and unprecedented opportunities, " Perryman notes. "As the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State pursues its vision and fulfills its mission, I expect we will resolve national challenges and create new opportunities. I look forward to being part of this leadership effort."

A native of Tacoma, Wash., Perryman received his D.V.M. and his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1970 and 1975, respectively, and his M.S. from The Ohio State University in 1973.

He is a member of several prestigious professional organizations including the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Founded in 1907 as the Department of Veterinary Science at what was then the Colorado Agricultural College, the department grew quickly, along with the University, and in 1967 was renamed the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Today, the college has a staff of 686 and consists of four academic departments with eight areas of academic and research priority, including:

  • Cancer: Causes and Treatment
  • Environmental and Radiological Sciences
  • Infectious and Immunological Diseases
  • Neurosciences
  • Reproductive Biology and Genetic Engineering
  • Professional Veterinary Medical Program
  • Orthopaedics
  • Human-Animal Bond

Consistently ranked among the best veterinary schools in the United States, U.S. News & World Report ranked the college second in the nation in its latest survey of graduate schools.

The CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is committed to educating the next generation of biomedical researchers and veterinarians to achieve the highest standards in their fields; and to providing outreach support to the community to assure the health and well being of animals and humans through public health and animal welfare initiatives.