Dr. D. Paul Lunn, professor of equine medicine and head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, effective Feb. 15, 2012. NC State Provost Warwick Arden announced the appointment.
“I am extremely pleased we have been able to attract Dr. Lunn to lead the College of Veterinary Medicine,” Provost Arden said. “I believe he has the experience, skill and vision to continue to move this outstanding program to a position of international eminence.”
NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the top colleges of its type in the United States, ranking third in the most recent U.S. News & World Report survey of the nation’s 28 colleges of veterinary medicine. The NC State CVM includes 312 DVM students, 146 graduate students, 81 residents and interns, 155 faculty members, and 400 staff members.
“It’s a great privilege and a challenge to have the chance to take up the position of dean at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State,” Dr. Lunn said. “Above all, I have been hugely impressed by the enthusiasm and positive attitude of the faculty of the college, and I look forward to working with them to accomplish their ambitious goals.”
Dr. Lunn is an expert in equine immunology and infectious disease; his lab researches equine influenza and equine herpesvirus (EHV-1), a highly infectious virus that can cause abortion and neurological disease in horses.
Dr. Lunn has served at Colorado State since 2003. From 2000 to 2003, he served as associate dean for clinical affairs and director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. He also was a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine from 1991 to 2000.
He is a member of several veterinary societies and organizations, including the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, and the American Veterinary Medical Association of Veterinary Immunologists.
Among his awards and honors. Dr. Lunn received the Faculty Achievement Award from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians earlier this year, and the Sir Frederick Smith Lecture & Medal at the British Equine Veterinary Association annual meeting in 2009.
Dr. Lunn serves on a number of boards, committees and review panels in his academic field. He is past president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians and has served on a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture review panel titled “Sustaining Animal Health and Well-being: Immunology and Parasitology.” He is currently the chairman of the Research Advisory Committee of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
A productive scholar and noted speaker, Dr. Lunn authored or co-authored more than 90 papers in refereed journals. He has authored or co-authored 16 book chapters, and has delivered numerous presentations in his field. He also serves as a reviewer for a number of academic journals and research-granting agencies.
Dr. Lunn, 53, was born in Wales and received his bachelor’s degree in veterinary science with honors at the University of Liverpool in 1982. Before returning to school for his advanced degrees, Lunn worked as a practicing veterinarian from 1983 to 1985. He earned a master’s degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1991. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1992.
Dr. Lunn becomes the fourth dean of the NC State CVM, which graduated its first class in 1985. Founding Dean Terrence Curtin retired in 1992, Dr. Oscar Fletcher stepped down in 2004 to join the faculty of the CVM Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, and Dr. Warwick Arden was appointed NC State’s Interim Provost in 2009, becoming Provost in 2010.
Dr. David Bristol, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs, has been serving as the Interim Dean of the CVM since 2009.