Tizard Announced as 2011 Convocation Keynote Speaker
Posted April 20, 2011
Dr. Ian Tizard, Richard M. Schubot
Professor of Exotic Bird Health in the Department of Veterinary
Pathobiology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has been selected as the keynote
speaker for the 2011 Freshman Convocation on August 28, 2011 at
2:30 p.m. in Reed Arena.
In the spirit of convocation to
motivate incoming freshmen to aspire to greatness inside and
outside of the classroom, Tizard will emphasize that a university
like Texas A&M University is not an extension of high school,
but rather a generator of new knowledge and discoveries. Tizard
will lean on his own research experience while at Texas A&M
University studying exotic bird diseases in this country and the
Amazon to help demonstrate the possibilities available to students.
Ultimately, his speech hopes to instill a desire in each incoming
freshman to use the tools and knowledge available at Texas A&M
University to grow professionally and personally and to create a
better future for all.
Tizard has been part of the Aggie
family since 1982, when he started his position as department head
and professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and
Parasitiology at the CVM. In 1990 he moved to the Department of
Veterinary Pathobiology at the CVM to become a professor of
Immunology. Then in 1999 he took the role of his current position
as the Richard M. Schubot Professor of Exotic Bird
A native of Northern Ireland, Tizard
received his veterinary medical degree from the University of
Edinburgh in 1965 and then shortly received his PhD from the
University of Cambridge in 1969. After graduation he pursued his
fellowship at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada where he
quickly became a professor until he moved to Texas to begin
teaching at the CVM. In 1996 he became an honorary diplomate in the
American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.
During his tenure, he received several
awards including many university-level teaching awards, and in 2006
he was the first recipient of the "Outstanding Veterinary
Microbiologist Award" from the American College of Veterinary
In Tizard's nomination letter, Dr.
Eleanor M. Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine, highly
recommended him as a motivator "based on his ability to engage and
inspire undergraduate students to achieve excellence, both within
the classroom and beyond. The College of Veterinary &
Biomedical Sciences is fortunate to be able to benefit richly from
Dr. Tizard's remarkable skills as a teacher, as a mentor to
undergraduate students, and also as a researcher," Green
"We are delighted that Dr. Tizard has
agreed to serve as speaker for this year's Freshman Convocation,"
noted Pamela Matthews, associate provost for undergraduate studies.
"His impressive record as a scholar, as well as his respected
service as teacher and mentor to undergraduates, make him an ideal
faculty keynote speaker to welcome next year's incoming freshman
class to our community of learners and scholars."
For more information on Freshman
Convocation, contact Kristin Harper, executive director for
undergraduate studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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