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College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Paul Lunn to Step Down

Paul Lunn

College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Paul Lunn has announced that he will step down from his position at NC State in mid-January 2022 to become dean of his alma mater, the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science. 

“I want to sincerely thank Paul for his leadership of the College of Veterinary Medicine and his collaborative partnerships with many other colleges and units, as they have been of great benefit to NC State as a whole,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden. “While we will miss him greatly, because of his efforts the college is stronger than ever and is positioned to grow its influence as a national leader in veterinary medicine.” 

Lunn joined NC State as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Lunn has strategically guided the college through a period of significant growth, increasing faculty from 132 to more than 170 members and growing the size of the DVM class from 80 to 100. Additionally, his efforts helped double externally-funded research to more than $20 million.

He also oversaw the renovation and updating of all major teaching spaces and the completion of several new construction projects, including a new equine theriogenology facility, and the Biomedical Partnership Center. In the near future the college will build a modern dairy facility at its iconic teaching farm, and begin preparing construction plans for a new equine hospital. 

“Paul has taken the CVM to new heights with the implementation of a major curricular revision, the launch of the Global Health Initiative, engaging with international partners through the One Health initiative, and in bringing in-house COVID-19 testing labs online for NC State,” said Arden.

The caseload of the world-leading NC State Veterinary Hospital has grown by 40% over the past decade, supported by continuous investment in state-of-the-art technology and treatments. The college has enjoyed over 150% growth in philanthropic support from grateful clients, which has led to significant increases in support for student scholarships. 

“I am proud of the college’s commitment to providing cutting-edge veterinary education through recruiting world-leading faculty and to diversity, equity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students,” said Lunn. “Their efforts are ingrained in the success of my time as dean, and I am excited to see how the college will grow in the future.”

Prior to joining NC State, Lunn served as head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. He had previously been a faculty member, associate dean and hospital director at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Lunn is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (of which he currently serves as President), the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He received his Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Liverpool, his Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

An announcement will be made soon about the appointment of an interim dean, and a national search for a permanent dean is expected to begin in the fall.

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