Professor Patrick L. Green and Professor Lawrence N. Hill have been formally installed as the Robert H. Rainier Endowed Chair in Industrial Veterinary Medicine and Research and the Frank Stanton Endowed Chair in General Practice and Canine Health and Wellness, respectively. President Michael V. Drake, Provost Bruce McPheron, Dean Rustin Moore, Dr. Robert H. Rainier and Dr. Elizabeth Allison, Co-Director of the Stanton Foundation, delivered remarks at a special ceremony to acknowledge this historical milestone for the college.
Endowed chairs are an academic institution’s highest honor and they are among its oldest traditions. Both chairs were made possible through the generous donations and forward-thinking vision of two alumni: Dr. Robert H. Rainier and Dr. Frank Stanton.
Dr. Rainier received both his BS in Agriculture and DVM from Ohio State. After graduating from the university, he worked as a clinician at the Gurley Small Animal Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Shortly after, he became the Assistant Director at the Bio-Toxicological Research Association in Spencerville, OH.
For the last 22 years of his career, Dr. Rainier worked in Veterinary Product Research and Development at Pfizer Inc. where he held key leadership and managerial roles throughout his tenure. During the ceremony, Dr. Green explained how the generosity of the Rainiers will be able to further support the development of industry collaborations and relationships with the college. “Not only will our students be knowledgeable of the immense opportunities available to them in industry but we will give them the access to capitalize on career prospects that will advance and broaden their professional development beyond some of the more traditional pathways of veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Green. The college will be working with industry partners to form an external advisory board to identify the key skills and experiences needed to make our veterinary students the most competitive candidates for industry positions.
Dr. Frank Stanton received his PhD from Ohio State in 1935, and on the strength of his doctoral dissertation, “A Critique of Present Methods and a New Plan for Studying Radio Listening Behavior,” was hired by CBS’s research department. Applying what he would describe as “Ohio State Behaviorism”, he turned audience research into a powerful tool for attracting potential advertisers.
His ability to use big ideas to get practical results propelled him to president of CBS before he was 40 – a job he held until retiring in 1973. Dr. Stanton was responsible for many firsts including the Kennedy-Nixon debate and he built a network so robust that CBS was the only New York-based network to stay on-air during 9/11.
For Dr. Hill, being named the Frank Stanton Endowed Chair in General Practice and Canine Health and Wellness is a magnificent honor because it perfectly cradles his sincere passion for teaching and training future veterinarians.
“The gift will position Ohio State as a preeminent leader in veterinary medicine education and the premier institution for graduating confident, experienced, and practice-ready veterinarians,” said Dr. Hill. The generosity of the Stanton Foundation will position the college to implement an incredibly forward-looking move to advance the field of veterinary general practice education and in particular to promote the health and wellness of canines.