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Dr. Lance Perryman, CVMBS dean, to retire June 30

June 25, 2012

On June 30, Dr. Lance Perryman, who has served as the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences since Oct. 1, 2001, will retire from the college and from CSU. Dr. Mark Stetter, formerly director of Animal Operations for the Disney Company, will take over as the college's new Dean on July 1.

“It is a tremendous privilege to serve as the dean of any college, but it is truly a privilege to serve as dean of a veterinary college,” said Dr. Perryman. “We serve society every day of every week in clinical services, diagnostic testing, education, discovery and outreach. We deliver something of value every day to the people whom we serve.”

During Dr. Perryman’s tenure as dean, the College has seen prodigious growth in research expenditures, endowment values, and educational opportunities.

Since 2001, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences:

  • More than doubled total expenditures ($66.6 million in 2001 to $125 million in 2011).
  • Quadrupled CVMBS endowment values (from $15.6 million to $61.5 million).
  • Exceeded CVMBS Campaign for Colorado State goal of $100 million, raising $133 million of $500 million university-wide goal.
  • Has consistently ranked in the top three of 28 schools and colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States in peer rankings published in the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Has ranked first or second in extramurally funded research in its peer group.
  • Added additional degree programs including the conjoint DVM/MBA degree program with the College of Business; conjoint DVM/MPH degree program in partnership with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; improved and relaunched the DVM/PhD degree program; established a new undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences; and a new Master of Science degree in toxicology and environmental medicine (partner institutions in Japan and soon Taiwan).
  • Added major new facilities including the Bio-Environmental Hazards Research Building, Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, and Equine Reproduction Laboratory facilities on the Foothills Campus; Flint Animal Cancer Center, Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center, Equine Force Plate Building, and Diagnostic Medicine Center on the South Campus; and renovated and added to the Dean’s Office in the Anatomy/Zoology Building, and added a study lounge to the Microbiology Building on the Main Campus.
  • Has been reconfigured from seven departments into four, and new department heads hired.

Dr. Stetter to take reins July 1

“Dr. Perryman has been an excellent steward of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences,” said Dr. Stetter. “In the short time that I have been here, I’ve developed great respect for what he has been able to accomplish, especially given the funding challenges he has faced. His leadership of and advocacy for the College have helped to steer it through some difficult financial times while maintaining a strong and steady course supporting and expanding existing programs, and discovering and developing new opportunities.”

In his retirement, Dr. Perryman will continue to be involved with veterinary medicine as a consultant in management as well as veterinary pathology. He also plans on devoting more time to developing his talents as a banjo player and photographer. He and his wife, Shirley, who is a registered dietician with Colorado State University Food Science and Human Nutrition Extension, plan on adding a few trips to their calendar as well to visit their daughters and grandchildren.

“It’s hard to believe that 11 years has flown by,” said Dr. Perryman. “That’s 11 crops of undergraduate, graduate and DVM students. I feel good about what we have been able to accomplish: new buildings, growing endowments, a strong campaign, laboratories and excellent research teams, and all our combined degree programs, but especially the DVM/MBA which I had tried to start at North Carolina but was able to successfully implement here.”

Congratulations to Dr. Perryman on close to 11 years as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and best wishes for your endeavors in the years to come.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336