CSU Names New Dean of CVMBS

Colorado State University (CSU) has announced that Mark Stetter, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, has been named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS). The college is home to one of the top-ranked veterinary programs in the nation as well as nationally recognized infectious disease, cancer, and other health research programs. Colorado State also houses one of the top equine reproduction laboratories and one of the top equine orthopedic research programs in the nation.

"Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is one of the best in the world with top-flight faculty and academic programs," said CSU President Tony Frank. "In seeking the next dean, we wanted someone with vision, leadership, research, and administrative experience to advance the college's research, support faculty achievement, engage alumni and constituents, and provide extraordinary education to our students. We found those qualities in Mark, and I am pleased to welcome him to Colorado State."

Stetter, who has more than 23 years of experience in veterinary medicine, joins CSU from the Walt Disney Co., where he is director of animal operations. He will begin working at CSU in May and become dean in July.

"I cannot tell you how honored and excited I am to have been selected as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences," Stetter said. "The college does so many incredible things to help animals, help people and help the planet. I look forward to joining the CSU team and helping the college achieve even more great things."

At Disney, Stetter oversaw the health and daily care of several thousand animals for the company's programs and parks around the world and managed a team of more than 500 individuals, including veterinarians, curators, zookeepers and aquarists. He also helped oversee company's international wildlife research and conservation programs.

Stetter will replace Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD, who will complete his tenure as dean in June. Perryman has been dean of the college since October 2001.

"Lance Perryman has been a dedicated, hard-working and conscientious leader for the college and our university for many years, and we're grateful for his steady and solid leadership," Frank said. "His knowledge and experience have been important assets, particularly during recent years of budget turmoil, and he's leaving the college well-positioned for future success."

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