Pharmacologist named executive associate dean at UF's veterinary medical college
Dean James W. Lloyd made the announcement following a comprehensive national search. The appointment is effective Aug. 1.
“Dr. Vickroy has a long, respected history with this college and great institutional knowledge,” Lloyd said. “He will be an excellent addition to our leadership team, and I am delighted that he has agreed to accept the job.”
A professor in the college’s department of physiological sciences, Vickroy teaches veterinary pharmacology and previously has taught both small and large animal clinical pharmacology to professional (D.V.M.) students. He also teaches graduate students several subjects, including cellular neurophysiology, molecular and cellular neurobiology, mammalian pharmacology, and advanced toxicology, working in bothUF’s colleges of medicine and veterinary medicine.
Since joining UF’s faculty in 1988, Vickroy has won numerous awards for teaching excellence, including recognition for his contributions to the forensic science program, 2003-2004 College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year and Class of 1996 Teacher of the Year.
Also active in research, Vickroy has held leadership roles such as regional director of the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank and regional animal drug coordinator for the Minor Use Animal Drug program, both funded by the USDA.
Although his career at UF has been spent primarily as a faculty member, he also served in the college’s administration as interim associate dean for students and instruction from 2007 to 2010.
Vickroy’s primary responsibilities in his new role will include implementation of strategic initiatives, human resource management, leadership development, facilities and space, and institutional evaluation and reporting. He will often work in collaboration with the associate dean for students and instruction and the associate dean for research and graduate studies on these and other projects. All three associate deans will report directly to the dean.
The national search and Vickroy’s hire were precipitated by the impending retirement of John Harvey, who will be leaving UF in September after 40 years of service on the UF veterinary medical faculty – six of which he spent as executive associate dean.
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