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Friday, March 11, 2011

Willie M. Reed, Veterinary Dean at Purdue University, Receives Iverson Bell Recognition Award


Washington, D.C. – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is
pleased to announce that Willie M. Reed, DVM, PhD, has been presented the Iverson Bell
Recognition Award. The award was given in recognition of Reed's outstanding leadership and
contributions in promoting opportunities for underrepresented minorities in veterinary medical
education.

"[Dr. Reed] understands that active engagement around issues of diversity and inclusion is a
cornerstone for effective leadership in the 21st century. It is clear that diversity and inclusion is
a priority in his college and is evidenced through hiring practices, recruitment and outreach
strategies to students, college wide colloquia and conferences, and the classroom experience for
the students. His advocacy extends beyond his college into broader campus conversation and
dialogue as he pushes the diversity and inclusion agenda through thoughtful questions and
challenges—all leading toward impacting the common good," writes G. Christine Taylor, Ph..D,
vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Purdue University, who supported Dr. Reed's
nomination.

Reed received his DVM from Tuskegee University in 1978 and his Ph.D. in veterinary pathology
from Purdue University in 1982. He joined the faculty at Purdue after receiving his doctorate,
and in 1990 joined Michigan State University as a member of the veterinary faculty and director
of the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. In January 2007, he was appointed
dean of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Under Dr. Reed's guidance, the 2008-2014 Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
(PVM) Strategic Plan affirms the school's commitment to promoting a work and learning
environment dedicated to diversity. He established the PVM Office of Diversity Initiatives and
in 2009 appointed a Diversity Action Committee to develop the school's first strategic plan for
diversity. Under his leadership, PVM established the Access to Animal-Related Careers (A2RC)
program to bring high-ability underrepresented students to Purdue for a residential immersion
experience, and the Common Read Program for incoming veterinary students to discuss how
discrimination and stereotyping can occur in a clinical environment. In 2010, PVM was awarded
a $136,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) multicultural scholars program grant to
support recruitment and retention of multicultural DVM students.

Dr. Reed has received numerous awards, including the prestigious USDA Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service Administrator's Award and the American Association of Veterinary
Laboratory Diagnosticians' (AAVLD) E.P. Pope Memorial Award. He is a member of the
National Academies of Science Review Committee to study veterinary workforce needs, the
NIH-NCRR Comparative Medicine Review Committee, the board of directors of the C.L. Davis
Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary Pathology, and the AAVLD Accreditation
Committee. He is a past president of the AAVLD and the American Association of Avian
Pathologists, and past chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Council
on Research. Dr. Reed is currently the President of the AAVMC.

The Iverson Bell Recognition Award is given biennially by the AAVMC in recognition of the
work of Iverson Bell, DVM, who left an outstanding legacy of leadership and contributions in
the promotion of opportunities for minorities in veterinary medical education. Dr. Bell spent
more than 30 years working as a veterinarian and civic leader in Terre Haute, Ind., and was a
Vice President of the AVMA.

The award is presented at the Iverson Bell Symposium, the oldest symposium dedicated to
promoting ethnic, gender, and racial diversity in the veterinary medical profession.

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The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a non-profit membership organization
working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing
academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and
Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, two veterinary medical
education institutions, nine international colleges of veterinary medicine, and five affiliate international colleges of
veterinary medicine. On the Web: http://www.aavmc.org