Susan Tornquist is the new dean of Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Tornquist has served as interim dean since October 2013, and oversaw a fundraising campaign that raised $47 million. In addition to her administrative work, Tornquist is a clinical pathologist with particular expertise in diseases that afflict camelids — alpacas and llamas.
In a news release announcing the appointment, OSU Provost Sabah Randhawa said Tornquist has “the skill set for enhancing the college’s education, clinical services, research and outreach.”
Although agricultural producers support the college, some grumble privately that OSU focuses too much on dogs, cats and unusual animals such as camelids instead of traditional livestock. Tornquist could not be immediately reached for comment.
The college has become a popular choice for students. It admits only 56 students per year but this past fall had nearly 900 applicants. A total of 222 students were enrolled as of fall term 2014.
It’s amenities include a teaching hospital with service for large and small animals.