King named acting dean of CFAES

On May 15, Lonnie J. King will step in as Ohio State’s acting vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. He will assume the roles currently held by Ronald L. Hendrick, who is leaving Ohio State in June to become dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

King will serve in this capacity while Bruce McPheron serves as interim provost for the university.

King’s extensive leadership experience and countless scientific contributions align well with CFAES’s teaching and learning, research and innovation, and outreach and engagement missions, McPheron said.

For example, King served as dean of Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine from 2009-2015 and was dean of Michigan State’s College of Veterinary Medicine from 1996-2006. Moreover, he has served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases and has led initiatives in public health, disease prevention, policy development and research.

King also worked in global trade agreements and has testified before Congress on issues of emerging diseases in his role as the nation’s chief veterinarian. Among his many honors, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.—Michelle Ball, Marketing and Communications