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Joel Baines Named Dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

02/11/2014 09:59 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Dr. Joel Baines as the new dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Baines is the associate dean for research and graduate education and the James Law Professor of Virology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Baines will begin at LSU on Sept. 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

“We are pleased to announce Joel Baines as the next dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “Dr. Baines is well-respected in the field of veterinary medicine and brings a wealth of knowledge and research with him to LSU.”

Bell also thanked Search Committee Chair Thomas Klei and the rest of the search committee for their hard work and effort in helping to select the next dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Baines is a professor in the Cornell Department of Microbiology and Immunology and has been associated with the department since 1993. He received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Kansas State University in 1979 and received a VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He then received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1988, studying the molecular virology of feline coronaviruses. He obtained postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago in the laboratory of Dr. Bernard Roizman studying the molecular virology of herpes simplex virus replication. He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since Jan. 1, 1995, to study herpes simplex virus assembly.

“I am thrilled to accept this position and look forward to facilitating the education, research and service missions of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine,” Baines said. “I am also eager to facilitate opportunities that foster synergistic collaborations with colleagues at partner colleges, campuses and institutions to advance basic and clinical discovery in both Veterinary and Human Medicine.”

For more information on Baines, his CV is available at

The dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine reports directly to the executive vice chancellor and provost and serves as the chief executive officer of the School of Veterinary Medicine. The dean provides ultimate administrative oversight for all aspects of academic life within the school, including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel development, academic programs, research enterprises and professional and graduate student admissions and enrollment. The dean also has primary responsibilities for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinics, the Veterinary Medical Library, the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, and external initiatives that include community outreach, referral veterinarian and alumni affairs and development initiatives.

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is a dynamic community dedicated to saving lives, finding cures, and changing lives through outstanding clinical and community service, educational excellence, and groundbreaking scholarly research. The school supports a diverse learning environment for professional and graduate students, residents and interns, and post-doctoral fellows. The school is made up of a diverse community of almost 100 faculty, 270 staff, 375 veterinary students, and 95 graduate students and house officers.

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