New permanent dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health named: Historic Appointment of Tuskegee University Alumna
Dr. Ruby Perry
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 30, 2015) — Dr. Ruby Perry, interim dean for the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, has been chosen as the college’s permanent dean. Perry, a former president of the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, is the first alumna to be named both interim dean and dean of a U. S. veterinary school. With her appointment, there are now three Tuskegee alums serving as veterinary school deans.
"I am very pleased to appoint Dean Perry who is taking our College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health to exciting new heights. She is truly the best person at one of the best times in Tuskegee's long prestigious history," said Dr. Brian L. Johnson, Tuskegee University president.
In addition to being an interim dean at Tuskegee since June 2014, she previously served as interim chief of staff, associate dean for academic affairs, assistant veterinary radiology professor, and acting chair of the Department of Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Radiology.
Before coming to Tuskegee, she served as section chief of veterinary radiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. She was also a tenured associate professor of veterinary radiology for more than 17 years.
Her participation in various programs has afforded her opportunities to serve in a variety of leadership positions. She was a two-term president of the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, and program coordinator for the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Perry has also served on various professional committees and task groups, and advisory roles for many students and student organizations. She is actively engaged in community service that increases awareness of the veterinary profession and advancing veterinary medical education.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to continue leading the College as we continue working diligently to move forward in spite of the challenges, and align with the vision of our president, Dr. Brian Johnson,” Dr. Ruby Perry said.
“President Johnson is a visionary leader and is moving Tuskegee University in an upward trajectory by transforming our current environment to a target environment of a 21st century institution of higher education with financial stability, a student-centered culture and an outcomes-oriented focus.”
Perry is a 1977 graduate of the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine and received a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University. She was the first African American female board-certified veterinary radiologist and is a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.
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