Honoring Bryan Slinker
After a long career with the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Bryan Slinker announced he would step down as dean of the college in the fall of 2019. But when WSU president Kirk Schulz called on him to serve WSU as the interim provost, Bryan readily agreed. He will finish out his career at WSU as interim provost and will retire July 15, 2020.
His ties to the college run deep. Dr. Slinker earned his DVM from WSU in 1980 and his PhD in 1982. He returned to WSU in 1992, when he joined the faculty in the then Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology (now the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience). He was chair of that department from 1999-2008, before taking the position as dean from 2009-2019.
“This college has been a very important part of me for most of my adult life, both as a student and as a faculty member,” says Slinker. “It has been my great honor and pleasure to serve as dean of my alma mater.”
Dr. Slinker’s lasting impact can be felt throughout the college.
WSU global health research now reaches countries in Africa, Asia, and Central America through the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, which is committed to creating healthier communities around the world.
Biomedical research strengths such as infectious diseases, immunology, neurosciences and muscle biology expanded to include reproductive health, functional genomics, DNA and chromosome biology, when the School of Molecular Biosciences and Center for Reproductive Biology moved into the college in 2010.
Dr. Slinker also oversaw the building of two premier research facilities: the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health and the Veterinary Biomedical Research Building that houses Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience. The Veterinary Biomedical Research Building and the Biotechnology-Life Sciences Building, which houses the School of Molecular Biosciences, adjoin to create one of the best concentrations of biomedical laboratory facilities on the WSU campus. His early work, along with many others, helped to secure a $23 million appropriation in 2019, which means the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory will soon have a state-of-the-art facility adjoining the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health, which along Department of Veterinary Microbiology an Pathology and the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences makes WSU a premier location for immunology and infectious disease research that spans the world.
And his unwavering dedication to educating tomorrow’s veterinarians and biomedical scientists has led to an increase in student enrollment and programs that foster student success and enhance instructional faculty and curriculum development for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, graduate, and the undergraduate degrees. For anyone who knows Bryan Slinker, they know his passion – rooted in his experiencing of the power of higher education as a first-generation college graduate – is the education of our students and these three funds support that passion directly.
“My hope is that if our alumni and friends are interested in making a gift in my honor, they will support the college by giving to those areas they care about most,” says Slinker.
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