PVM Fills Key Administrative Roles with New Directors
Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Administration is pleased to welcome a team of talented new directors and managers who have joined the College's staff in recent months. The following individuals are filling vital roles in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the Veterinary Technology Program, Advancement, Engagement, Financial Affairs, and Facilities Management.
Dr. Duncan Hockley has been named director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) effective June 1 following a national search, bringing a wealth of experience to Purdue Veterinary Medicine. A veterinarian who has co-owned and operated a successful mixed animal practice, Dr. Hockley comes to Purdue from the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada, where he served as director of the Veterinary Medical Center. Previously, due to his interest and expertise in bovine embryo transfer techniques, he worked in the animal health industry as a veterinary researcher and senior leader for several animal health companies. He held various private sector positions, including director of global services for Bioniche Life Sciences, vice president of animal operations for Pharmathene Canada, senior director for Nexia Biotechnologies, and vice president for research at Northern Genetics LT.
A 1992 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hockley will succeed Dr. Ann Weil who has served as the VTH's interim director since Dr. Mimi Arighi announced her retirement a year ago. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Weil for serving as our interim director," said PVM Dean Willie Reed. "I am forever grateful for her service and leadership. She did a superb job managing the hospital through this period of transition."
Dr. Bianca Zenor (PU DVM 2001) joined the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine as the new director of the Veterinary Technology Program and clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Administration effective April 10. Dr. Zenor previously worked for Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., in Topeka, Kan., as senior manager of U.S. Veterinary Affairs, a position she accepted in 2014. Prior to her work with Hill's, Dr. Zenor practiced mainly emergency medicine after switching gears from practicing at an exotics only hospital. A Purdue alumna, Dr. Zenor earned her undergraduate degree in biology and a master's in animal sciences before graduating in the Purdue DVM Class of 2001.
Dr. Zenor is enthusiastic about the opportunity to grow the Veterinary Technology Program both nationally and internationally and develop a strong connection with current students who will be leaders in the veterinary profession. In sharing what drew her to this position, Dr. Zenor said, "I was interested the most in the veterinary technology director position because it meant going back home to a strong program that I truly feel is the best in the country. Also, veterinary technicians have been so influential in my career and life. Our profession could not function without them!"
At a reception where faculty, staff and students had a chance to welcome Dr. Zenor, Dean Willie Reed said, "I'm just thrilled to have her back as a member of our faculty and assume a position on the senior leadership team and to lead our wonderful Veterinary Technology Program." Dr. Zenor succeeds Dr. Christina Tran in the position. In announcing Dr. Zenor's appointment, Dean Reed commended Dr. Pete Bill (PU DVM '80), PVM assistant dean for academic affairs, teaching and learning, who has served as interim director of the Veterinary Technology Program during this transition period. "Because of his extensive experience and steady leadership, the program didn't skip a beat," Dean Reed said.
Andrea Brown joined Purdue Veterinary Medicine as the new director of lifelong learning in the Office of Engagement effective April 3. Andrea previously served as a Purdue University Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Development, a position she held since 2010. Andrea comes to PVM with much experience in developing and delivering educational programming locally and regionally to a wide-variety of audiences. Prior to her employment at Purdue, she served as the director of legislative and regulatory affairs for the American Association of Meat Processors where she worked with state and federal government officials. Andrea earned her bachelor's degree in animal sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in youth development and agricultural education from Purdue.
Cassandra Clore joined the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Office of Advancement as manager of development operations and donor relations in November. Cassandra brings to the College more than eight years of development experience in both higher education and animal health. Previously, she served as business assistant and gift coordinator in the Office of Advancement at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) for nearly two years, before switching offices and becoming the manager of special projects and chancellor events. She also worked in development at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and the American Red Cross.
Lauren Bruce joined the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine as the Veterinary Teaching Hospital / Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory marketing and communications manager effective April 17. Lauren previously served as the marketing and outreach specialist and interim director of marketing and corporate outreach for Engineering Professional Education, the continuing professional education division of the Purdue University College of Engineering. She brings over 15 years of marketing and digital content management experience to this position, and looks forward to working with faculty, staff, and students to advance PVM's mission as a leader in veterinary medicine. Lauren is a Purdue alumna who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2005. She also is active in the local community, serving as president of the Greater Lafayette American Civil Liberties Union and as a member of the City of West Lafayette's Traffic Commission.
Matt Clawson was appointed as director of financial affairs in the Department of Veterinary Administration effective January 9. Matt brings to PVM 13 years of business office experience from the Purdue Colleges of Liberal Arts, Science, and most recently Agriculture. Since 2010, Matt has served as assistant director of financial affairs, operations and training in the College of Agriculture where he managed business managers across multiple departments. He earned his bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and training from the Purdue University College of Technology and his master's degree in higher educational administration from Purdue's College of Education.
Matt succeeds Deb Cessna as the College's director of financial affairs. In announcing Matt's appointment, Dean Willie Reed commended Deb for her many years of exemplary service to the College. "I am forever grateful for her support and many contributions to the success of PVM," Dean Reed said. "She has been a most valued member of our leadership team who never wavered in her commitment and dedication to making our College the very best. I am pleased that she will continue working directly with me on various projects that support our academic missions and goals."
Mike Kilpatrick joined the College as facilities manager effective February 20. In this newly created position, Mike serves as PVM's point-of-contact for space management and maintenance, building access and security, renovation, safety compliance and new construction. He interfaces with the College's departmental and unit leaders as well as other Purdue offices, including Physical Facilities and Radiological and Environmental Management. Additionally he works with external contractors on building construction, renovations and safety-related projects. He also serves as the building deputy for Lynn Hall and other College of Veterinary Medicine facilities, including the Equine Health Sciences Building, the Veterinary Farm and the new Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital in Shelbyville, Ind. The responsibilities of this position previously were managed by Lee Ann Happ who has since shifted her full attention to her duties as executive assistant to the dean.
Before coming to the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mike served as the facilities manager for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation in Carmel, Ind., where he was responsible for building and site maintenance for multiple buildings, and managed building access and security systems and cameras, maintenance and custodial staff, and multiple construction/renovation projects including oversite of all outside contractors. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Florida State University in 2003 and later received his Facilities Management Professional (FMP) credentials from the International Facilities Management Association.
This story is part of the 2017 Spring PVM Report.