Dr. Jean Hall, professor of physiology, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). “It is a huge surprise, and a humbling experience,” says Dr. Hall.
Dr. Hall has been at OSU for 27 years. In 1997, she volunteered for the ACVIM Forum Program committee, and ended up chairing that committee for many years. She later served a 5-year term on the executive board of ACVIM, starting as Vice-President, and ascending to Chairman of the Board of Regents. “During this time transformational leadership was needed to elevate our central organization to a new plateau of management,” she says. “We relocated our servers from Canada to the US, settled some lawsuits, and replaced the entire management team in the central office at the recommendation of an outside consulting agency.”
Dr. Hall has also been involved in veterinary leadership at the state level, serving on the OVMA Board of Directors for eight years, before being elected President in 2015. She is currently serving as Immediate Past President of the OVMA, with goals of diversifying the revenue stream, forming a mentoring group of volunteers for veterinarians and students, and starting college-funded, summer externships for students to connect with practices in the more rural regions of Oregon.