The university announced its selection of Nolan, currently professor and associate dean of research and graduate studies at ISU, as Thomson’s successor after eight months of deliberation.
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Nolan could not be reached for comment about her new position, but the university noted in a prepared statement that she has been a member of the ISU faculty since 2003, when she came to the college as a professor and chair of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine. She served as associate dean of academic and student affairs at the veterinary college from 2007 to 2009, and she also worked as an adjunct professor at North Dakota State University’s Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences since 2003. Her research mainly focuses on bacterial diseases in production animals.
As an alum of the University of Georgia, Nolan earned her DVM in 1988, her master’s degree in 1989 and her PhD in microbiology and preventive medicine in 1992. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Pathologists, the American Society for Microbiology, the International Society of Plasmid Biology, serves on the editorial review board of Avian Diseases and has served as the associate editor of Diseases in Poultry since 2005. She also was named distinguished educator of the year by North Dakota State University’s Blue Key National Honor Fraternity in 2001.
Twenty-year ISU Dean John Thomson will take a year’s sabbatical and return to the ISU faculty as a clinical epidemiologist with a focus on outcomes-based medicine and best practices for food-animal care.