LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Awards Two Endowed Professorships
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2017
BATON ROUGE, LA —In July, 2017, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) announced the new recipients of the rotating school professorships, which include, the Paula and Milton W. Shepard Professorship in Veterinary Medicine, established in 1996; and the Dr. William L. Jenkins Professorship in Veterinary Medicine, established in 2017. An endowed professorship provides the resources to reward a renowned professor for academic achievement and enables the professor to pursue research or innovative teaching methods.
Thomas Tully, DVM (LSU 1986), MS (LSU 1991), DABVP (Avian), DECZM (Avian), professor of Zoological Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, has received the Milton and Paula Shepherd Professorship, which was the veterinary school's first endowed professorship. Dr. Tully received his BS in 1982, DVM in 1986 and MS in 1991, all from LSU. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian), as well as a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian). He is a professor of zoological medicine at the LSU SVM and clinician in the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In 2012, he was recognized as the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, an honor recognizing alumni of the LSU SVM for outstanding professional and personal achievements.
Chris Mores, SM, ScD, professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS), was awarded the the Dr. William L. Jenkins Professorship in Veterinary Medicine. William L. Jenkins, BVSc, M.Med.Vet, PhD, Professor Emeritus of veterinary physiology, pharmacology and toxicology and LSU President Emeritus, served LSU in many roles, including professor, LSU SVM Dean, Provost, Chancellor and President Emeritus for the LSU System. Dr. Jenkins served as the dean of the LSU SVM from 968 to 1993. Dr. Mores is the first recipient of this new professorship. As an arbovirologist, Dr. Mores’ search program focuses on the role of arthropod-borne viral characteristics on transmission and infection kinetics. He received his BS from Rutgers University and his MS in Tropical Public Health and ScD in Immunology and Infectious Diseases both from Harvard University. In 2014, Dr. Mores spent 10 weeks serving as the lead epidemiologist and infection control specialist at an Ebola Treatment Center in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. His role was to provide experience regarding containment and safety. In August 2015, Dr. Mores began working under contract with the U.S. Navy to head its Department of Virology and Emerging Infections in Peru, while mainlining his faculty position at the LSU SVM.
Endowed professorships are critical to enhance research at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Each professorship is awarded for five years and recipients are selected on the basis of a distinguished and sustained record in the areas of teaching, research, and public and professional service. The award is used to support academic activities of the professorship position, including instruction and research, equipment and materials, faculty improvement and travel.
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.