DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), a global provider of educational services, today
announced that its Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM)
has appointed Dr. Elaine Watson as dean. Dr. Watson will assume
responsibilities effective February 1, 2012 following the previously
announced retirement of Dr. David DeYoung. Ross University School of
Veterinary Medicine is a part of DeVry Medical International, which also
includes Ross University School of Medicine and the American University
of the Caribbean School of Medicine.
"Dr. Watson is a tremendous addition to the DeVry family," said Dr.
Andrew Jeon, president of DeVry Medical International. "Her unrivaled
leadership and academic experience will serve our students and faculty
extremely well. Her strengths in strategic development, clinical
research and teaching will continue to drive the quality of our programs
to the next level. With her at the helm, the prospects for our School of
Veterinary Medicine are very bright indeed."
Since 2003, Dr. Watson has served as dean of the school of veterinary
studies at the University of Edinburgh. She is a professor of veterinary
reproduction, and a Jeanne Marchig Professorial Fellow of International
Animal Welfare. She also served as a consultant to international
veterinary programs and foundations across the world including City
University in Hong Kong; the AAVMC-World Bank Taskforce to assess
veterinary education in the developing world; and with international
funders on a strategic review of international livestock consortiums. At
Edinburgh, Dr. Watson initiated and led a $200 million capital
development project to create the Easter Bush Campus, the highest
concentration of animal scientists and veterinarians in Europe. She also
developed the first strategic relationship between a pharmaceutical
company (Pfizer Animal Health) and a veterinary school, and gained
funding for the world's first International Centre in Animal Welfare
Education. Dr. Watson earned a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol and
later a Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh.
"I am delighted to be joining DeVry and look forward to working with the
faculty and staff to promote innovation in teaching and learning," said
Dr. Watson. "I am also keen to further support clinical research by the
faculty to strengthen teaching and academic development and to expose
students to all aspects of veterinary training."
About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers the doctor
of veterinary medicine degree program. Founded in 1982 and located in
St. Kitts, West Indies, RUSVM is accredited by the St. Christopher &
Nevis Accreditation Board (www.gov.kn).
The veterinary medical program is accredited by the American Veterinary
Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE, 1931 North Meacham
Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, 847-925-8070). RUSVM is
affiliated with 22 AVMA-accredited U.S. veterinary schools where
students complete their clinical year. RUSVM's Veterinary Teaching
Hospital is the only facility outside the U.S. and Canada accredited by
the American Animal Hospital Association.
About DeVry Inc.
DeVry's purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational
and career goals. DeVry (NYSE: DV, member S&P 500 Index) is a global
provider of educational services and the parent organization of Advanced
Academics, American University of the Caribbean, Becker Professional
Education, Carrington College, Carrington College California,
Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University, and Ross
University Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. These
institutions offer a wide array of programs in business, healthcare and
technology. DeVry's institutions serve students in secondary through
postsecondary education and professionals in accounting and finance. For
more information, please call 630.353.3800 or visit http://www.devryinc.com.