The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital has two new leaders at the helm, though the names may be familiar to most people associated with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Dean Hendrickson has accepted the position of Interim Hospital Director and Joe Schwarz will serve as Hospital Administrator. Both have a long history of service at the College.
“Dr. Hendrickson was formerly interim hospital director from December 2006 to July 2007 and, during that time, he demonstrated exemplary communication skills and operated the hospital in a balanced budget manner,” said Dr. Lance Perryman, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Joe Schwarz has 25 years of previous experience with the hospital, and has exceptional skills in human resources and fiscal management. He was retired but had come back to the College to work two days a week on special projects. He now will be assisting Dr. Hendrickson with building a reorganized leadership team.”
In addition to the new leadership team, the hospital will receive an infusion of funds from the State of Colorado and from Colorado State University. Sen. Steve Johnson has set forth legislation that will provide $1 million each year to the VTH beginning July 1, 2008. This will assist in paying on-going costs, including salaries. University President Larry Edward Penley and Provost Tony Frank are providing up to $1.5 million in University funds to cover anticipated deficits this fiscal year.
“The proven skills of our new leadership team will allow for the successful operation of the hospital as we move through challenging economic times,” said Dr. Perryman. “I have every confidence in their complementary abilities to operate the VTH in a way that moves us forward with vision and fiduciary responsibility.”
Dr. Hendrickson, who is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, is a board-certified surgeon working primarily in equine medicine. He had previously led the Equine Hospital Section in addition to serving as interim hospital director. Schwarz worked for many years in the College’s and hospital’s administrative offices, spearheading the College reorganization efforts completed in 2001 that shaped the future direction of the College and established its current organizational structure.
The future designation of a new hospital director will occur in early-to-mid 2009. Dr. Perryman noted that potential candidates for hospital leadership positions must be able to lead and provide vision, communicate effectively with the VTH community, build an effective team, balance the budget, make decisions and meet deadlines.