LSU names veterinary dean

Dr. Joel Baines has been appointed dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at LSU.

LSU stated in a news release that Baines will start work Sept. 1.

He has been an associate dean for research and graduate education and the James Law Professor of Virology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Baines’ appointment requires approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors.

“We are pleased to announce Joel Baines as the next dean of the School of veterinary medicine,” LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell said in a statement Tuesday. “Dr. Baines is well-respected in the field of veterinary medicine and brings a wealth of knowledge and research with him to LSU.”

Baines is a professor in the Cornell department of microbiology and immunology and has been associated with the department since 1993.

He received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Kansas State University in 1979 and a veterinarian medicine doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He then went on and received a doctorate from Cornell in 1988, studying the molecular virology of feline coronaviruses.