Neil Olson steps down as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine | Higher Education

COLUMBIA—Neil Olson, the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will leave MU in August for St. George’s University in Grenada, according to a memo sent to MU administrators Wednesday.

Olson, who became dean a decade ago, is the fifth dean to resign within the last 14 months. An interim dean has not been named.

During his tenure, Olson, among other accomplishments, established the Veterinary Health Center — Wentzville, increased enrollment and helped the college achieve full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

Olson earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and a doctorate in physiology from Michigan State University. He previously worked at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Four permanent deans began their tenure at MU in the past 10 months:

  • Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky will become dean of the School of Law in July.
  • J. Sanford Rikoon was appointed dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences in March after serving as the interim dean since August 2015.
  • Ajay Vinzé became dean of the Trulaske College of Business in January.
  • Kathryn Chval became dean of the College of Education in July of last year.

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