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Tuesday, 11 October, 2011

Pappaioanou Resigns as AAVMC's Executive Director


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 11, 2011

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Oct. 7, Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou announced that she is resigning as the executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), effective Oct. 31, in order to pursue her life-long passion and broader interests in global development, public health, and One Health.

“The Board of Directors has accepted her resignation with mixed feelings and we wish her well in her new endeavors,” said AAVMC President Gerhardt Schurig, dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schurig also announced that in order to ensure a smooth transition,  Dr. Bennie Osburn, the outgoing dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, will begin serving as interim director on Nov. 1.

Dr. Pappaioanou began her position on Nov. 1, 2007.  “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve and lead the AAVMC on many important fronts, working under the direction of the AAVMC board of directors and with a talented and committed staff, many committed association members, and AAVMC’s partners,” she said.  “I look forward to supporting veterinary medicine from a different capacity in the future, and to working with Dr. Osburn in the weeks ahead to ensure a smooth transition of leadership at AAVMC.”

The AAVMC will announce its search for a new executive director in the coming weeks.

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The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a non-profit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, three veterinary medical education institutions, nine international colleges of veterinary medicine, and five affiliate international colleges of veterinary medicine.  On the Web:

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