Dean Willie Reed Honored by MSU and Tuskegee Universities

May 12, 2017

Last weekend was busy for Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed, who traveled to Michigan State University, his former employer, and Tuskegee University, his alma mater, to participate in commencement ceremonies and receive special awards. On Friday, May 5, Dean Reed gave the commencement address to the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine's Class of 2017 and received the College's Honorary Veterinary Alumnus Award. Bestowed on a member of the college community who is not an alumnus of MSU, the award recognized Dean Reed for being distinctive and distinguished in one or more of the college's mission areas of teaching, research or service. The award description reads, "In recognition of sustained excellence over time and the great credit this person has brought to Michigan State University, the college officially names him an honorary alumnus." Dean Reed joined the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty in 1990 as a full professor and director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (now called the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health). Later he also was named chairperson of the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at MSU. He remained on the faculty until his appointment as Purdue Veterinary Medicine dean in 2007.

On Saturday, May 6, Dean Reed returned to the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine for its spring commencement ceremony, at which he was honored as one of three recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented to alumni who received their DVM degrees from Tuskegee and are held in high esteem for their contributions to the veterinary profession. The awardees were recognized for their continuous, exceptional loyalty and dedicated service that have significantly advanced Tuskegee University and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The other two recipients are Dr. Adam McKee, president of McKee Global Enterprise LLC — an energy and research management consulting business, and Dr. William Temerish Watson, a retired health scientist administrator and former director of the National Center for Research Resources Chimpanzee Sanctuary Program with the National Institutes of Health.

Dean Willie Reed gives the commencement address to the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine'’'s Class of 2017 Friday, May 5. Also during the ceremony, Dean Reed received the 2017 MSU Honorary Veterinary Alumnus Award. (Photo courtesy of Michigan State University)
Dean Willie Reed gives the commencement address to the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Class of 2017 Friday, May 5. Also during the ceremony, Dean Reed received the 2017 MSU Honorary Veterinary Alumnus Award. (Photo courtesy of Michigan State University)

Writer: Allison Carey, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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