Dr. Lonnie J. King will serve as acting vice president for Agricultural Administration and acting dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Dr. King currently serves as special assistant to Interim Provost Bruce A. McPheron in The Ohio State University provost's office.
King had served seven years as dean of Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Before that, he had served ten years as dean of Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and held executive leadership positions for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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I write to advise you that Dr. Lonnie J. King, currently serving as special assistant to the provost, has agreed to serve as Acting Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Acting Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). He will assume the roles presently held by Dr. Ronald L. Hendrick, who will leave Ohio State in June to become dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, Dr. King's appointment is effective May 15, 2016.
His extensive leadership experience and countless scientific contributions align well with CFAES's teaching and learning, research and innovation, and outreach and engagement missions. For example, in addition to serving as dean of Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine (2009-2015), he also had served as a dean at Michigan State University (1996-2006). And, he had served as director of the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases and led initiatives in public health, disease prevention, policy development and research.
Dr. King also worked in global trade agreements and has testified before the U. S. Congress on issues of emerging diseases in his role as the nation's chief veterinarian. And, among his many distinctive honors, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Please join me in wishing Ron well as he returns to Michigan State to lead his alma mater's college and in thanking Lonnie for serving Ohio State in yet another pivotal leadership role.
Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Interim Executive Vice President and Provost