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Interim Leadership for the Office of Professional Programs

Dr. Susan Johnson (Emeritus Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences) and Dr. Dondrae Coble (Associate Professor-Clinical, Veterinary Preventive Medicine and University Laboratory Animal Resources) have accepted interim positions as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs to provide leadership to and support of the Office of Professional Programs as of  February 1. 





Interim Leadership Team Bios

Dr. Johnson graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978 and after a one-year internship at the University of Minnesota she completed a residency in small animal internal medicine and an MS at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She joined the faculty in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as an Assistant Professor in 1982 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1990 and was later promoted to professor. She was a faculty member in the department for over 33 years before she retired in the summer of 2015. Dr. Johnson was honored as a Distinguished Aluma of the College in 2016. She has a long and distinguished career as an educator and clinician and is known for her dedication to innovation in teaching and learning. She was a member of the College Curriculum Committee for many years and played an instrumental role in the quarter-to-semester conversion and corresponding curricular revision. Since retirement she has remained active and has been working with the Council on Professional Education, including assisting with curricular mapping. Dr. Johnson will be onsite full days on Mondays and Wednesdays and a half a day on variable days of the week. The areas within the Office of Professional Programs that Dr. Johnson will provide oversight and leadership include the Teaching and Learning, Career Management, Professional Development Education, Professional Support, and the Council on Professional Education. Her office will be located in the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building (VMAB) Deans’ Suite in VMAB 127E.

Dr. Coble graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a BS in Laboratory Animal Science in 2001 and graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM in 2005. He completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa Florida. Dr. Coble worked two and a half years in veterinary emergency medicine at Veterinary Specialty Hospital–North Raleigh before pursuing a residency in laboratory animal medicine. He completed a Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency at Emory University in 2011, including a one-year Clinical Internship at Yerkes National Primate Research Center from 2010-2011. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He joined the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor-Clinical in Laboratory Animal Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor-Clinical in 2016. Dr. Coble is a member of the College Admissions Committee and the College Diversity Committee. Dr. Coble will begin on February 1 as a 0.25 FTE focused on admissions and recruitment. He will begin a role 0.5 FTE position on or before July 1 and will then assume responsibilities for the oversight and leadership of the student affairs activities, including Health and Wellness as well as Admissions and Recruitment. He will occupy Dr. Lord’s office (VMAB 127Q) upon her departure.

Between February 1 and July 1, Caroline El-Khoury who currently serves as the Director of Professional Program Support providing administrative curricular support to faculty and assistance to students navigating college policies and procedures throughout their academic program, will take on additional responsibilities on an interim basis to address student needs and issues in both the pre-clinical and clinical programs. Dr. Mary Jo Burkhard, Associate Dean of Faculty and Staff Affairs, Inclusive Diversity and Planning, has agreed to provide broad oversight and support to Caroline as it relates to these activities and responsibilities during this transition period. Caroline joined the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 after serving as the Associate Director for Leadership, Service and Student Organizations in the Office of Student Life. She graduated from the University of Akron with a BA in Political Science in 2003 and a MA in Higher Education Administration in 2005. She spent two years in Residence Life at Bowling Green State University and five years at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the Office of Civic Engagement and Diversity working with student organizations and teaching in the Leadership and Civic Engagement minor.  

Drs. Johnson and Coble are excited to begin these positions and to work with and provide support to the outstanding staff in the Office of Professional Programs and serving the college, faculty and students in these important interim roles. Caroline and Dr. Burkhard are also excited to provide the additional support in the areas outlined above during the transition period. They will work closely with Dr. Lord to ensure a smooth transition.  

The college will initiate a national search soon with the goal of having exceptional permanent leadership in place for our professional program, including both academic and student affairs, by the beginning of 2018.

Last updated: 

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 5:12pm