Dr. Liesa Rihl Stone to Lead Advancement for Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Liesa Stone(Columbus, OH) - Dr. Liesa Rihl Stone, a veterinarian and passionate advocate for the veterinary profession, has accepted the position of Chief Advancement Officer for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State. This newly created position places the college at the forefront of Ohio State’s efforts to bring together the functions of communications, alumni relations, and development into a cohesive unit to advance the university’s message of excellence, supporting President Gee’s vision of One University.

“I look forward to building a strong advancement team in the college,” said Dr. Stone. “Our alumni have great respect for our faculty and staff, and I plan to work with the team to develop a strategic plan that will engage both groups to help achieve the college’s fundraising goals, and vision for the future.”

“We are pleased that Dr. Stone will bring her leadership and strategic planning skills to her alma mater,” said Dr. Lonnie King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair of Veterinary Medicine. “This is a great opportunity for Veterinary Medicine to demonstrate the positive advantage of the new advancement model for the university.”

"Ohio State’s strength comes from a diversity of programs that work together as one powerful force” added Jeff Kaplan, Ohio State’s senior vice president of Advancement. “Working with an advancement model is the key for our constituents to learn more about what we do, to create compelling and exciting opportunities for their involvement, and to provide clear reasons why we need their financial support and advocacy."

Dr. Stone has 15 years of strategic team leadership including the past six years at Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health Division where she led a team of veterinarians responsible for technical support of the companion animal business. She has been an advocate for the profession, serving on the boards of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. In addition, she is an engaged alumna of The Ohio State University, serving on the President’s Alumni Advisory Council and the Veterinary Medicine Capital Campaign Committee. She will begin her new duties in the college on February 29.

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About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.