PULLMAN, Wash.–Ralph C. Richardson, head of veterinary clinical services at Purdue University, will be the first candidate to interview for the position of dean of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Richardson is scheduled to visit the WSU campus June 29-30 to meet with administrators, faculty, staff and students. He will present an open seminar Tuesday, June 30, at 10:15 a.m. in Murrow Communications Center, Room 53. The presentation will be televised to branch campus locations.
Other candidates scheduled for interviews are Prem S. Paul, associate dean for research and graduate studies at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Shirley Johnson, chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Services at WSU. Paul is scheduled to visit July 7-8 and will conduct a open seminar July 7 at 9 a.m. in Murrow 53. Johnson will interview July 14-15. The time of her seminar is to be determined.
Richardson has been a member of the Purdue veterinary faculty since 1976 and head of clinical services in 1987. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1969 and a DVM in 1970. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Missouri and received advanced training in clinical oncology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Paul joined the Iowa State faculty in 1985 after serving seven years as a veterinary medical officer at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. He was appointed chair of the immunobiology interdisciplinary program at ISU in 1988 and served in several administrative roles before being appointed associate dean in 1993. He received a degree in veterinary medicine from Panjab Agricultural University, Hisar, India, and a doctorate in veterinary microbiology in 1975 from the University of Minnesota.
Johnson was appointed clinical services chair at WSU in 1996. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine from 1981-96. A 1967 graduate of the University of Washington, she received a DVM degree from WSU in 1974. She earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Minnesota, where she also served as associate dean for academic affairs and director of the endocrine laboratory.
Borje Gustafsson, veterinary dean for nine years, recently retired. Terry McElwain is interim dean of the college.

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