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April 16, 2019

Dear members of the Tufts community,

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Alastair E. Cribb as the dean of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cribb will be joining Tufts after a distinguished career as a faculty member, clinician, scientist and administrator. He brings to Tufts thirty years of exceptional scholarship and leadership in academia, industry and clinical practice.

Dr. Cribb completed his D.V.M. degree at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Following an internship and two years in rural community practice, he obtained his Ph.D. at the Hospital for Sick Children, affiliated with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, he spent four years in drug safety assessment with Merck & Co. in Pennsylvania.

In 1996, Dr. Cribb joined the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. He was a Medical Research Council New Investigator and a Canada Research Chair in Comparative Pharmacology and Toxicology. He was recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” and was named to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences for his accomplishments, including establishing the Prince Edward Island Health Research Institute and serving on the task force that led to the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He served on the inaugural CIHR Governing Council for five years.

Dr. Cribb joined the University of Calgary in 2006 and became the founding dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He led the establishment of its academic and research programs, resulting in a top 50 global ranking.

Dr. Cribb has remained an active teacher throughout his administrative role, teaching clinical pharmacology, toxicology and research across all years of the D.V.M program. His primary research interests are in comparative clinical pharmacology, comparative molecular toxicology and comparative pharmacogenetics. Through his research, Dr. Cribb has worked to create an understanding of individual and species differences in response to drug administration.

We are grateful to Dr. Joyce Knoll for her outstanding service as dean ad interim of Cummings School since last summer. In this role she has demonstrated the same talents and commitment that have marked her dedicated service on the Cummings faculty since 1990. We also deeply appreciate the thoughtful work of the dean search committee of Cummings faculty, staff, students and advisors, chaired by Dean Huw Thomas of the School of Dental Medicine.

Looking ahead, we are confident that as the school’s next dean Dr. Cribb will further the mission and goals of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and will be an invaluable member of the Tufts University administration. Please join us in welcoming him to Tufts in his new role, which he will assume on July 15th.

Best wishes,

Anthony P. Monaco

Deborah Kochevar
Provost and Senior Vice President ad interim