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College Station, TX - Dr. H. Richard Adams, Dean of the College
of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, is pleased to
announce that Dr. E. Dean Gage has been appointed to the Charles H.
and Mildred Kruse Bridges Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medical
Education. The chair is believed to be the first chair in
North America specifically devoted to advancing the future of
veterinary medical education.
Over the past 30 years, Gage's extensive leadership experience
has included positions as Executive Vice President, Provost and
Interim President of Texas A&M University, as well as numerous
other professional, academic and civic leadership roles.
"I have had the fortunate opportunity to work in all aspects of
the educational process, including undergraduate, graduate and
professional programs. This opportunity will allow the College of
Veterinary Medicine to examine all we do - from student selection,
content of the curriculum, methodologies, technologies, classroom,
laboratory and clinical experiences - and enhance them to produce
the very best graduates and impact the veterinary medical
profession for years to come," said Gage.
Gage earned a Bachelor of Science in 1965 and a Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine in 1966, both from Texas A&M University. He
obtained a Master of Science and Residency in Neurosurgery and
Neurophysiology in 1968 from Auburn University. He is a Diplomate
of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, was named National
Veterinarian of the Year in 1983 by the American Animal Hospital
Association, and holds membership in many professional
organizations and honor societies. Gage has held numerous
leadership roles in some of America's leading universities and in
Gage has published over 70 scientific papers, contributed to
five textbooks and given more than 150 papers and presentations to
professional, scientific and educational associations. Since 1994,
he has delivered over 100 presentations on the character of
leadership to executives, corporations, governmental entities,
religious groups and professional organizations. He currently
serves as Associate Dean for Professional Academic Programs in the
College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University.
"The College is truly fortunate to have someone as accomplished
as Dr. Gage as the first Charles H. and Mildred Kruse Bridges Chair
in Veterinary Medical Education," said Dean H. Richard Adams. "He
brings tremendous experience and passion for veterinary medicine,
the college and our students. This chair will contribute
significantly to the college's leadership role in veterinary
medicine and veterinary medical education."
Dr. Bridges, a retired CVM faculty, and Mildred, his wife,
established the chair in 2000.
"We do this in appreciation of and desire to support the pursuit
of knowledge by the young people that come here seeking the
guidance of dedicated mentors," said Charles and Mildred Kruse
Bridges. "We also do this to honor our parents, Charles M. Bridges
and Mary Ann Carruth Bridges, and Eddie F. Kruse and Bertha Quebe
Kruse, all deceased but still influential in our lives."
"I would like to express deep appreciation to the college for
the trust and confidence they've placed in me in this appointment,
and much gratitude to Charles H. and Mildred Kruse Bridges for
funding this endowed chair and for their vision to see what a chair
in veterinary medical education can do for this college and the
profession," said Gage. "We owe them a great debt of thanks."
The purpose of the Chair is to facilitate curriculum and faculty
development while taking innovative approaches to the education of
veterinarians prepared for the challenges of the profession.
Established in 1916, the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine is one of the world's leading institutions in animal
health care and research.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
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