Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences is first at Becker

Published on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Media Coverage:

Foundation funds chair in animal health at BeckerWorcester Telegram & Gazette
Becker College receives grant to establish first endowed chairThe Daily Leicester

Becker College has established the first ever endowed chair at the college. Funding for the Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences at Becker College was provided by a grant from the Allerton Foundation.

The Foundation has previously made grants to Becker College, in 2008 to fund renovations and new equipment for two of the college’s laboratories, as well as a grant in 1996 to fund the Lenfest Animal Health Center.

According to Robert Johnson, president of Becker College, “Through their support, which began in 1996, the trustees of the Allerton Foundation have helped transform Becker College into a national leader in undergraduate animal health education. Our community is very grateful.”

The college plans to begin a national search to identify the first Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences and Dean of Animal Studies.

In making the grant to fund the endowed chair, Bruce Melgary, executive director of the Allerton Foundation commented, “Becker College has displayed an extraordinary commitment to undergraduate education in the animal health sciences and we’re happy to support the college’s leadership position in this area.”

Becker College is one of only two private colleges in New England to offer undergraduate programs in animal sciences. Becker’s programs are driven by a strong faculty and distinctive educational program, which includes hands-on learning in the Lenfest Animal Health Center, a working veterinary clinic open to the public. Enrollment in animal science programs has grown 29.57% since 2008, to 330 students.

President Johnson added, “This endowed chair enables Becker College to recruit a nationally-recognized leader in animal studies who will lead our program to new heights. The chosen individual will build on the good work already being done by a terrific faculty and staff and add value by developing new partnerships and collaborations, adding new programs and attracting resources for additional investment in the program.”