Dr. Bonnie Rush is named K-State veterinary dean

The interim officeholder replaces Dr. Tammy Beckham after a nearly two-year search.

Dr. Bonnie Rush is named K-State veterinary dean
Dr. Bonnie Rush

Kansas State University has removed “interim” from Dr. Bonnie Rush’s job title and made her dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Rush, DVM, MS, DACVIM, served as interim dean since September 2017 following the resignation of Tammy Beckham, DVM, Ph.D. Dr. Rush’s appointment is effective June 16.

Kansas State conducted a national search for the college’s 13th dean.

“Dr. Rush emerged as the clear leader,” said provost Charles Taber, Ph.D.

“With her strong history of leadership for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Rush is the right choice to lead this college and its vital teaching, research, service and outreach programs into the future,” Dr. Taber said.

Dr. Rush joined the faculty in 1993 and oversaw the clinical sciences department from 2006 to 2017. She has authored or co-authored more than 20 manuscripts in the Journal of Veterinary Education on effective instructional practices, communication training and student welfare, the university reported.

Her area of clinical expertise is equine respiratory disease with an emphasis on respiratory physiology, immunology and aerosol drug therapy, Kansas State added.

Dr. Rush earned her DVM degree in 1989 from Ohio State University, which 20 years later presented her with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Protection Status