Welcome, New Deans

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Dr. Lisa K. Nolan and Dr. Matthew Auer have joined UGA this week as the deans of the College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public and International Affairs, respectively.

This week the University of Georgia is welcoming two new deans to its leadership team, and both are committed to taking teaching, research and service to even higher levels of excellence.

Dr. Lisa K. Nolan has joined the College of Veterinary Medicine—her alma mater—as its dean. She comes to UGA from Iowa State University, where she was the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine.

At Iowa State, she co-chaired a campus-wide “One Health-One Medicine” initiative that brought faculty members from across campus together to foster new collaborations that span animal, human and ecosystem health. She also oversaw a comprehensive curricular review, enhanced the assessment of teaching, and upgraded teaching labs and study spaces. Notably, the college met or exceeded all of its fundraising goals under her outstanding leadership.

Dr. Nolan’s research focuses on bacterial diseases that impact animal health, human health and food safety. She is the author or co-author of nearly 130 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, as well as private foundations. In addition, she holds patents for a vaccine and a biomarker to assess avian E. coli virulence. Dr. Nolan earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from UGA and also earned her master's degree and Ph.D. in medical microbiology from UGA. Needless to say, we are delighted to have her back on campus.

Dr. Matthew Auer, who will be leading the School of Public and International Affairs, comes to UGA from Bates College in Maine, where he was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. At Bates, he co-chaired the campus-wide institutional planning process and led major campus initiatives, including the revision of general education requirements and the enhancement of academic support programs. Prior to joining Bates College, he was dean of the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he oversaw a student body of approximately 4,200 and helped raise more than $1.6 million in private support.

In addition to an impressive array of administrative accomplishments, Dr. Auer brings an exemplary record of success in scholarship and instruction. He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of environmental policy and foreign aid, and he has served as a consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Agency for International Development. In addition, he has advised the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs and held visiting professorships in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. He has earned several teaching awards, including the Indiana University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Nolan and Dr. Auer are joining the University of Georgia at an exciting time. Our measures of student success are on the rise, our research enterprise is thriving, and we’ve never been more committed to serving our state and making a global impact.