PVM Alumnus Retires as Auburn University Provost
Retiring Auburn University Provost Timothy Boosinger (center) is pictured at his retirement reception with (left-right) Auburn University President Steven Leath, graduate Sarah Pitts, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Calvin Johnson, and President Emeritus Jay Gogue.
Dr. Timothy Boosinger (PU DVM ’76) is retiring as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Auburn University. He was honored for his 35-year Auburn career at a reception held January 18 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. During the event, Dr. Boosinger was named provost emeritus and professor emeritus.
Dr. Boosinger was appointed provost in 2012 after serving as interim provost for a year. Working with the university’s stakeholders, he is credited as implementing multiple programs and initiatives that have strengthened the institution’s capacities and advanced its land-grant mission.
Dr. Boosinger led the successful reaffirmation of the university’s accreditation by the SACS Commission on Colleges in 2013 and coordinated the development and implementation of the university’s 2013-18 Strategic Plan. Additional accomplishments include significant increases in the university’s graduation and retention rates; the development and implementation of the institution’s strategic budget initiative; creation of the university’s first strategic faculty hiring initiative designed to advance Auburn’s interdisciplinary research; efforts to enhance the campus climate to better promote the institution’s values of inclusion and diversity; and more than $220 million in new and updated academic facilities.
A 1976 Purdue DVM graduate, Dr. Boosinger earned his doctorate in pathology at Purdue in 1983, the same year he joined the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty as an assistant professor of pathobiology. In 1993, he was named associate dean for academic affairs and two years later became dean of the college. He served in that role until 2011, and articulated a strategic vision for the college to become a top tier veterinary school in the country.
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