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Two College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members receive endowed professorships

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has appointed two long-term faculty members, both of whom head departments within the college, to endowed professorships.

Mark W. Jackwood, who heads the department of population health, was named the first John R. Glisson Professor of Veterinary Medicine. Gaylen L. Edwards, who heads the department of physiology and pharmacology, received the first Georgia Athletic Association Professorship in Veterinary Medicine, endowed by the UGA Athletic Association.

Jackwood is a molecular virologist known for his work in avian diseases. He joined the college in 1989 after earning his master’s degree at the University of Delaware and his doctoral degree in poultry science at Ohio State University.

Edwards’s research focuses on how hindbrain controls of food and fluid intake behavior relay messages to the forebrain and how defects in processing this information may contribute to the pathophysiology of various diseases. He joined the college in 1989 after earning his master’s degree from the University of Idaho and his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington State University.

“These endowed professorships will allow the department heads to have some funding every year for their own research programs and for supporting departmental needs,” said Sheila W. Allen, dean of the college. “We are grateful to the donors who honored Dr. John Glisson with this endowment and to the Athletic Association for their support of the college.”

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, conducting research related to animal and human diseases and providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The college enrolls 102 students each fall out of more than 600 who apply. For more information, see