Lisa Nolan, DVM, will become the new dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine of Iowa State University (ISU) effective Jan. 15, 2011. Nolan is professor and associate dean of research and graduate studies in ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

She replaces John Thomson, DVM, who is retiring as dean but will remain on the ISU faculty, focusing on outcomes-based medicine and best production animal practices.

“I am very excited to work with Dr. Nolan,” says Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman. “She has been an excellent department chair and associate dean, as well as an outstanding scholar, who has brought great distinction to the college and the university. Under her leadership, we look to the college to enhance its research and educational excellence, building on the outstanding work of John Thomson in fundraising, facilities and faculty hires.”

Nolan received her DVM degree, and a master’s and PhD in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia, Athens.

Besides authoring many research publications, Nolan was named distinguished educator of the year by North Dakota State University’s Blue Key National Honor Fraternity in 2001.