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Associate Deans & Directors

Associate Dean for Diagnostic Operations and Government Relations and Executive Director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center 

Francois ElvingerFrançois Elvinger
Associate Dean for Diagnostic Operations and Executive Director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center


A3 210 AHDC
Email: fe65@cornell.edu

Assistant to the Associate Dean
Tessa Brown: tb483@cornell.edu
Phone: 607.253.3782

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Serves as Assistant Dean/Executive Director responsible for leadership and development of Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) operations.

  • Develop strategic plans to guide the operations of the AHDC
  • Operational management, oversight of programs and service units within the AHDC
  • Coordination of test method development and test validation efforts within the AHDC
  • Oversee the preparation and administration of budgets
  • Ensure that finances of all the programs and service units are administered in compliance with regulations and policies. Make improvements in the operational performance and organizational efficiency of the AHDC, ensuring accountability at all levels of the organization and maintain a positive net financial return for the operation
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications, develop marketing plans and client satisfaction strategies to extend the reputation and profile of the AHDC
  • Negotiate service fee subsidies
  • Communicate and coordinate activities of the AHDC with State and Federal agencies:
    • Communicate regularly with the NYS Veterinarian and USDA Area Veterinarian in Charge
    • Interact with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and NYS Department of Health
    • Interact with the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories for coordination of regulatory testing issues
    • Represent the AHDC at activities of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN)
  • Maintain accreditation and represent professional interests:
    • Represent the AHDC before the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)
    • Maintain AAVLD accreditation
    • Implement and maintain a Quality Assurance system
    • Represent the AHDC before the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) or other similar organizations

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Susan Fubini
Dean for Academic Affairs

Assistant to the Associate Dean
Jill Short: jms31@cornell.edu

Dean's Suite
Phone: 607.253.3472 
Location: S3-211 Schurman Hall

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  • Facilitate tenure and promotion decisions
  • Develop policies and consensus surrounding academic titles at the College, including articulated expectations for tenure and promotion
  • Create mechanisms and programs for faculty diversity and development in partnership with the department chairs and other related committees/groups regarding recruitment, retention and career development of faculty
  • Respond to a variety of institutional requests and annual reports for the Provost related to our efforts in faculty development, recruitment and diversity, and climate related issues, including dual career support, child care accommodations, etc.
  • Ensure career development and mentoring opportunities exist, particularly for probationary tenure-track faculty, explore and implement appropriate models with department chairs
  • Coordinate faculty compensation recommendations for new hires, merit programs and other recognition and reward programs to ensure equity and parity across scientific and clinical disciplines
  • Review offer letters to ensure appropriate start-up packages and the development of common templates for faculty position descriptions in hiring, standards for effort assignment in probationary track faculty
  • Coordinate faculty leaves (including sabbatical leave approvals, parental leaves, etc.) including retirement planning in coordination with the department chairs
  • Participate in CVM Advisory Council meetings and other special events as appropriate or required to represent the college to other external audiences such as SUNY representatives, corporate sponsors, stakeholders and government leaders
  • Work in close partnership with the other Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and Directors to implement process improvements, planning and program decisions
  • Work in close collaboration with the CVM Office of Human Resources

Associate Dean for Education

Jodi Korich
Associate Dean for Education

Assistant to the Associate Dean
Jill Short: jms31@cornell.edu

Dean's Suite
Phone: 607.253.3606 
Location: S3-217 Schurman Hall

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  • Provide oversight and support for the College’s education programs including the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, graduate, dual degree, international, Summer College, and continuing education programs. Responsibilities include strategic planning, coordination of Curriculum and Syllabus Committee activities, and the implementation of program enhancements.
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation of curricula for the College in order to optimize efficacy and efficiency.
  • Provide oversight of the DVM teaching budget.
  • Provide leadership to ensure support for faculty interested in utilizing technology-enhanced teaching approaches.
  • Contribute to the College’s faculty development in teaching program, providing leadership in the area of educational technologies.
  • Represent the College on educational issues to external audiences and constituents.

Associate Dean for Hospital Operations and Corporate Relations and Director of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals

Meg ThompsonMeg Thompson
Associate Dean for Hospital Operations and Director of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals
Email: mst42@cornell.edu

Assistant to the Director
Marcy Benda: mb265@cornell.edu

Phone: 607.253.3030
Location: Vet Medical Center, C2209

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As Hospital Director:

  • Establish strategic direction for all aspects of hospital operations, including patient care, medical records, pharmacy/materials management, technical services, client relations, personal managements, facilities, and budget oversight
  • Provide leadership in patient care, education, clinical investigation and scientific innovation in veterinary medicine
  • Oversee Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer and Clinic Director including staffing decisions, budget accountability and all general operations
  • Develop and implement, in cooperation with the College administration, faculty, and medical directors, strategic goals for continuously strengthening the teaching and clinical mission of the hospital, while delivering exemplary patient care in an optimal working and learning environment for our students

Associate Dean for International Programs & Public Health

Alexander J. Travis
Associate Dean for International Programs & Public Health
Email: ajt32@cornell.edu

Assistant to the Associate Dean
Eileen M. Cunningham: emc62@cornell.edu

Dean's Suite
Phone: 607.253.3800
Location: S3-215 Schurman Hall

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  • Provide strategic leadership and advancement of cross campus One Health/Global Health initiative
  • Centrally position One Health programmatic activities and personnel at CVM
  • Support the strategic research mission of the College by forging opportunities for faculty collaborations
  • Increase the profile of CVM across Cornell University and externally, regarding internationalization and its broad institutional and community impact
  • Development of a cross-campus Masters in Public Health program (MPH
  • Participate with the Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Curriculum in the support and enhancement of Public Heath in the DVM curriculum
  • Oversee the Expanding Horizons Program
  • Advise the Veterinary Public Health student organization
  • Organize the Poppensiek Lecture Program and the Gordon Campbell Lecture Series
  • Oversee evolution of international collaborations and initiatives

Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education

Robert Weiss
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Email:rsw26@cornell.edu

Assistant to the Associate Dean
Kelsey Jennings Roggensack: kjr58@cornell.edu

Dean's Suite
Phone: 607.253.3755 
Location:  S3-213 Schurman Hall

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