Assistant Deans

Assistant Dean for Students and Instruction

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Assistant Dean for Students and Instruction

Assistant to the Assistant Dean
Marisa Paradise:

Office of the Dean
Phone: 607.253.3772 
Location: S3-207 Schurman Hall

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Provides support for the educational mission of the College as it pertains to the education of veterinary students. This includes the areas of:

Provides support for the faculty, including:

  • Faculty development activities
  • Consulting on matters related to teaching, learning, and curriculum design
  • Development of curriculum materials
  • Evaluation of teaching and learning
  • Oversight of educational facilities (classrooms, laboratories)
  • Educational computing and technologies

Provide administrative support to standing committees of the faculty: the Admissions Committee. Responsible for annual College events and programs, including:

  • The Senior Gala for the graduating class
  • The College's Hooding Ceremony
  • Reception following Commencement
  • New Student Orientation
  • Career Connections Forum
  • White Coat ceremony
  • Open House
  • Tutor Training Workshops

Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications

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Assistant Dean for Marketing & Communications

Assistant to the Assistant Dean
Eileen M. Cunningham:

Media Relations Inquiries
Melissa Osgood:

Office of the Dean
Phone: 607.253.3800
Location: S3-219 Schurman Hall

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  • Leads the development, execution and assessment of a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy for the College
  • Works collaboratively with the College’s hospital, specialty clinics and diagnostic center to increase their visibility and support revenue and caseload goals
  • Launches strategies to further strengthen and expand our relationships with referring veterinarians
  • In collaboration with Office of Alumni Affairs & Development, creates and executes a strategy and communications plan that clearly supports fundraising 
  • Provides the Office of Student & Academic Services (including Admissions) with the marketing support they need to achieve their goals
  • Leads and oversees media relations, internal communications, publications, and web development
  • Initiates and manages market research initiatives
  • Leads the development, execution and continued enhancement of the CVM’s social media and digital communications strategy
  • Develops and maintains database and measurement tools to assess effectiveness of marketing activities.
  • Evaluates and implements business customer retention marketing tactics and opportunities as base grows.

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

David J. Howe
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

Assistant to the Assistant Dean
Nicole Woodhull:

Office of the Dean
Phone: 607.253.3773
Location: S3-212 Schurman Hall

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  • Chief Business Officer for the College
  • Provide leadership, oversight and executive staff expertise to the College and its' departments for issues related to the management of: financial resources, human capital, accounting, facilities, the physical infrastructure and information technology
  • Provide oversight for department administrators relating to fiscal management of their units and supporting the above central functions in the departments
  • Serve as a member of the Dean's Executive Staff, the College Executive Committee, and CVM's representative to the University College Officers and Senior Financial Groups

Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development

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Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs & Development 

Assistant to the Dean
Leslie D'Arcy:

Office of the Dean
Phone: 607-253-3779
Location: S3-209 Schurman Hall

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Provide strategic leadership for Alumni Affairs & Development programs in support of the college's mission and priorities, including:

  • Alumni Affairs and Development programs that increase participation, involvement and financial support for the college.
  • College-wide fund raising programs, including individual giving, Annual Fund, corporate and foundation support and planned giving.
  • Alumni Affairs and Development efforts involving prominent programs such as the Cornell University Hospital for AnimalsBaker Institute, and Feline Health Center.
  • Alumni Association and College Advisory Council.
  • Alumni and Development events and programs including Reunion, alumni and affiliate receptions, homecoming, faculty speakers, as well as fundraising and donor recognition events.
  • Coordination with university AA&D functions including alumni and donor records, gift management, acknowledgments, endowment reporting and donor stewardship.
  • Primary liaison with university divisions of Alumni Affairs and Development, with reporting lines to the Dean of the College and the Director of College and Unit Alumni Affairs and Development.