Dr. Trevor Ames to step down as Dean on August 5

April 24, 2019

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

I want to let you know that I will be stepping down as Dean on August 5th to assume the position of Associate Vice President, Academic Health Sciences, in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. This new position and administrative office reflects President Kaler’s restructuring of the health sciences administration at the University of Minnesota. I will continue to serve as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) until that date and I will work with the CVM leadership team and the faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders of the college to advance a transition plan for the College. During this time, the Provost will appoint an Interim Dean of the College, to be followed by the launch of a national search for the college’s next dean.

In this new role, I will be asked to position the University of Minnesota Academic Health Sciences as a nationally recognized innovative interprofessional hub for education, research and practice. In this new role, I will also have oversight of the Center for Allied Health Profession Programs, the Pre-Health Student Resource Center, the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and the 1Health staff.

I will spend 25% of my time working for the CVM as director of veterinary educational programs for under-served communities during the 2020 academic year. In this role, I will focus on promoting greater veterinary care for under-served communities through enhanced training of veterinary students for these urban and rural areas. These activities will focus on two initiatives in which I have had active leadership roles: the rural veterinary practitioner program using a regional campus partnership with South Dakota State University that incorporates a 2 plus 2 program for veterinary education; and the veterinary care initiative that will be delivered in a low income, resource limited urban community to train veterinary students in partnership with the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota. After the 2020 academic year, I will focus my activities solely as the Associate Vice President of Academic Health Sciences.

I take great pride in the wonderful work of this college and the excellent reputation it holds within the University and the nation. Our faculty, staff and students are some of the hardest working and most dedicated individuals the University of Minnesota has to offer. It has been my honor to work at this college for the last 41 years and serve as dean for the last 12 years. I look forward to continued interactions with faculty, staff and students at the college in my new role.