Midwestern, new private veterinary school in Arizona, names dean

August 16, 2016

Thomas Graves, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, promoted from associate dean position.

Midwestern University has promoted Thomas K. Graves, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, to the position of dean at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in Glendale, Arizona.

Dr. Thomas Graves“[Dr. Thomas Graves] is a talented teacher, mentor and strong leader in the profession who brings a deep understanding of veterinary medicine and its relationship to human health,” says Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, Midwestern's president and CEO, in a university release. “Dr. Graves is also a strong proponent of our One Health emphasis, an attribute that will be instrumental in guiding our newest college.”

Graves previously served as associate dean for clinical education at the college. Prior to joining Midwestern University, he was director of the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine and a professor of veterinary internal medicine for the University of Illinois, the release states. He's earned multiple awards as an educator, including the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Teacher Award.

Graves has served on the scientific advisory boards of the Morris Animal Foundation and the Found Animals Foundation. He earned his DVM from Cornell University and his PhD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Midwestern University is a nonprofit private higher education institution focused on health sciences based in Downers Grove, Illinois. Its veterinary school launched in the fall of 2014.