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Former faculty member to return as dean of veterinary medicine

Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
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Herbert E. Whiteley, the head of the department of pathobiology and veterinary science at the University of Connecticut, will return to the University of Illinois as the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, pending approval of the UI Board of Trustees at its meeting May 23-24 in Springfield.

Whiteley, 49, was a faculty member in the UI department of veterinary pathobiology from 1984 to 1995. He served as interim department head in 1994. Whiteley also had been a member of the UI graduate program in neuroscience and the neuronal pattern analysis group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

Whiteley will assume his new duties on Aug. 21. He replaces Victor E. "Ted" Valli, who is retiring. Valli has served as dean of the college since January 1989 and will continue to serve until Aug. 20.

"Herb Whiteley is a proven administrator, has a strong research background and is held in high regard nationally," Provost Richard Herman said. "We believe that these fine qualities all point to his ability to lead the College of Veterinary Medicine to greater levels of excellence."

Whiteley has served as a professor and department head at Connecticut since 1995. He also is the director of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory, interim director of the Office of Animal Research Services, and a member of the Center for Biochemical Toxicology at the University of Connecticut.

Whiteley earned his bachelor's degree in animal and veterinary medicine in 1973 from the University of Maine. He received his veterinary medicine degree in 1977 from Purdue University and a doctorate in pathology in 1984 from Colorado State University.