CORVALLIS - Dr. William F. McCulloch, a Portland resident with an extensive background in veterinary medicine and development, has been named interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. His appointment is effective Aug. 16.
McCulloch was named to replace Robert Wilson, who resigned June 30. A search for a new dean is under way, according to Roy Arnold, OSU provost and executive vice president.
The emeritus director of development at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal and Critical Care Hospital in Portland, McCulloch, 67, began his career as a veterinarian treating small animals in a private practice in Des Moines, Iowa. After stints in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service traineeship program, he took a job as chief of the comparative medicine section of the Institute of Agricultural Medicine at the University of Iowa.
He later served on the veterinary medicine faculties of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Texas A&M University and Colorado State University, where he was associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
His research expertise has focused on diseases transmissible from animals to humans, animal control, and the human-animal bond.
McCulloch is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians.
In 1990, McCulloch decided to change the direction of his career, moving into fund-raising and development for medically related agencies. He was administrative director for the Alzheimer's Disease Center of Oregon from 1990-93, then director of development and marketing for the YWCA of Greater Portland from 1994-97.
In 1997, McCulloch took over as director of development and marketing for the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal and Critical Care Hospital, a non-profit Portland hospital with a staff of 65 people, including 15 veterinarians.