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M. Daniel Givens Selected as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

August 19, 2013

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By Janet L. McCoy, (e), (p) 334-844-3698

Auburn, Alabama —

Dan Givens, professor in the Department of Pathobiology at Auburn University, has been named of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The appointment is effective Monday, Aug. 19, the first day of fall semester.

Dr. Givens, who for the past 10 months has been interim associate dean, “has brought exceptional expertise in teaching, administration and mentorship to this crucial position in the College,” said Dean Calvin Johnson.

“Dr. Givens has experienced nearly every level of the College’s academic mission as a veterinary student, clinical resident, clinician, scientist, classroom lecturer, board exam reviewer, problem solving moderator, rotation coordinator, course coordinator, honor court advisor, interim department head and interim associate dean. 

“In each of these roles, Dr. Givens has established the highest possible standards in teaching, advising, outreach and research, and I am certain that he will direct the college’s academic affairs at a level of national and international distinction,” Dr. Johnson added.

In this leadership position, Dr. Givens will interact with veterinary students from admission to graduation.

“Serving students, staff, and faculty as we collectively pursue excellence in veterinary medical education is a tremendous privilege and responsibility.  As classes start, I am excited about the upcoming opportunities to impact the education of developing veterinarians who will touch the lives of people and animals.” 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.

He held the distinguished rank of Alumni Professor from 2008-2012. He has received four of the veterinary college's teaching awards including the Carl Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, in 2010 and 2004; the SGA Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007; the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and 2001; and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association Teacher of the Year in 2013.

Contact: Janet McCoy, College of Veterinary Medicine, 334/844-3698; 334/707-4989 (cell) or

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