Dr. Dan Givens named interim associate dean of academic affairs
Dr. M. Daniel Givens, Alumni Professor at Auburn University, has been named interim associate dean of academic affairs at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. His appointment is effective until a search can be completed for a permanent associate dean. He will replace Dr. Donna Angarano who retires effective Oct. 1.
“Dr. Givens brings an outstanding reputation in teaching and a deep interest in students to the position of interim associate dean for academic affairs”, said Dr. Calvin M. Johnson, College of Veterinary Medicine interim dean.
In the leadership position, Dr. Givens will interact with veterinary students from admission to graduation. “I am honored and eager to begin serving the college in this role. Students and teaching have long been two of my passions, so this is an exciting opportunity for me,” Dr. Givens said.
Dr. Givens is an alumnus of Auburn University, earning a D.V.M. from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and a Ph.D. in 2000. He completed undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University. After practicing two years in Kentucky, he returned to Auburn to study viral diseases of cattle and to pursue residency training in theriogenology. He holds dual board certification from the American College of Theriogenologists and the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.
Early in his career, he received a prestigious Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of antiviral agents on developing bovine embryos as a model for overcoming viral impediments to human in vitro fertilization procedures.
Dr. Givens attained the distinguished rank of Alumni Professor in 2009. He has received three of the veterinary college's teaching awards including the Carl Norden Distinguished Teacher Award (2010, 2004), the SGA Outstanding Teacher Award (2007), and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001).
“The associate dean for academic affairs is a vital position for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Donna Angarano has done a stellar job in all respects for 16 years. It is comforting to know the responsibilities will be placed in the capable hands of a person with the clear vision and strong leadership skills that Dr. Givens provides,” said Dr. Johnson.
A continuous program since 1892, the veterinary program at Auburn University is the oldest in the South and the seventh oldest in the nation.