Turnwald named associate dean
By Jeffrey S. Douglas
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 20 - February 12, 1998
A distinguished veterinary educator and clinician from Oklahoma State University has been named associate dean for academic affairs in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Grant H. Turnwald, a veterinary internist who presently serves as professor and head of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery will assume the post in June, 1998.
"Virginia-Maryland has a strong sense of community, it is an institution which cares deeply for its students, and it has a solid working relationship with the profession," Turnwald said. "These are important strengths and I am honored to be joining an organization with such attributes."
A native New Zealander, Turnwald obtained his pre-veterinary education from New Zealand's Massey University, and his BVSc from Australia's University of Sydney. He worked in private practice for 10 years before conducting internship and residency programs at Texas A&M University, and earning his board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He also earned a M.S. degree from Texas A&M.
"We are pleased to have attracted a leader of Dr. Turnwald's caliber for this pivotal position within our College," said Peter Eyre, dean of the VMRCVM. "We are confident that he can provide the quality of leadership we need to successfully negotiate the educational process for the future."
A proponent of participative decision-making, student-centered learning, and information-technology-based educational program development, Turnwald has obtained broad experience in academic leadership through numerous organizational development and enrichment programs. He has made hundreds of scientific and educational presentations and published extensively in the veterinary professional literature.
He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians and a number of other professional organizations.