Dr. D. Paul Lunn named new veterinary college dean at NCSU

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Sep 28, 2011
By dvm360.com staff
Raleigh, N.C. — 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 the new dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University (NCSU), effective Feb. 15, 2012.

“I am extremely pleased we have been able to attract Dr. Lunn to lead the College of Veterinary Medicine,” says NCSU Provost Warwick Arden, who announced Lunn’s appointment. “I believe he has the experience, skill and vision to continue to move this outstanding program to a position of international eminence.”

Lunn will be the fourth dean of NCSU’s veterinary school, 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 NCSU CVM’s Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, and Dr. Warwick Arden was appointed NCSU’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.

“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,” says Lunn. “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.”

Lunn has taught 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 an expert in equine immunology and infectious disease, and is a member of 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.

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, according to NCSU. He also 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. Lunn has authored or co-authored more than 90 papers in refereed journals, 16 book chapters, and serves as a reviewer for a number of academic journals and research-granting agencies.

Lunn, 53, received his bachelor’s degree in veterinary science with honors at the University of Liverpool in 1982 and worked as a practicing veterinarian until 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.