Charles Martin, 844-3698


AUBURN -- The new president of Louisiana State University, who is also a veterinarian, will be the graduation speaker for Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine on Tuesday (June 8).

Dr. William L. Jenkins will address the class of 1999 at 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on Auburn's main campus. There will be a reception for Jenkins at the AU Hotel and Conference Center, Room H, from 4 p.m until 5 p.m.

"We are delighted that Dr. Jenkins will join us for our commencement," said Dr. Timothy Boosinger, dean of AU's College of Veterinary Medicine. "He rose to the rank of university president through his career in veterinary medicine, serving as dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine from 1988 to 1993."

Jenkins in April became president of the LSU system which includes eight institutions on 10 campuses in five cities, as well as nine charity hospitals in nine cities. He previously was chancellor of the LSU Agricultural and Mechanical College.

"We have faculty at Auburn University who have studied under or worked with Dr. Jenkins," Boosinger said. "It's an honor to have him address the college and our new veterinarians."

Jenkins, a native of South Africa, received his veterinary degree in 1958 from the University of Pretoria and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. After practicing veterinary medicine for four years, he joined the Pretoria faculty and advanced to head of the Department ofVeterinary Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology. He moved to the United States in 1978 , joining Texas A&M University.

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