Purdue News

July 13, 2005

Rebar named Discovery Park interim executive director

Alan H. Rebar

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Alan H. Rebar, dean of Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine, has been named interim executive director of Discovery Park, the university's hub for interdisciplinary research and entrepreneurism.

Rebar also will fill the position of interim senior associate vice president for research and will report to Charles O. Rutledge, vice president for research, who served as executive director of Discovery Park during its four-year building and start-up phase. Rebar's appointment is effective Wednesday (July 20).

"From his experience as a dean and professor, Alan knows Purdue's administrative structure, faculty and research effort," Rutledge said. "His leadership, knowledge and judgment will be invaluable in this period when we're bringing facilities online and moving our interdisciplinary research projects into the new facilities."

Rutledge said a committee has been formed to conduct a national search for a permanent full-time executive director of Discovery Park. He expects to name a permanent executive director during the fall semester.

Provost Sally Mason said Discovery Park has progressed to the point where full-time leadership has become a necessity.

"Many of us on the faculty and staff have worked hard on Discovery Park while fulfilling other responsibilities," she said. "Alan Rebar has led our School of Veterinary Medicine with great ability and vision, and I am confident he will provide the smart and energetic leadership we need to get Discovery Park fully up, running and producing research that will make both the university and Indiana stronger."

Elikplimi K. Asem

Elikplimi K. Asem (E-leep-k-plee-me Ah-seem), associate dean for research and professor of physiology in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, will serve as interim dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine during Rebar's Discovery Park assignment.

Rebar said he looks forward to the challenge of the Discovery Park position.

"This is a crucial time not only for Discovery Park but also in the history of Purdue," he said. "We're reinventing the land-grant university concept for the 21st century. I'm happy to lend my service to this effort and have complete confidence in Dean Asem's leadership for the School of Veterinary Medicine as I undertake this universitywide challenge."

A native of Stillwater, Okla., Rebar grew up in Elkhart, Ind. He joined the Purdue faculty in 1976 as assistant professor of clinical pathology. Rebar received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1973 and a doctor of philosophy degree in 1975, both from Purdue.

Among the honors he has received are the American Animal Hospital Association's Award of Merit and its Gaines Cycle Fido Award, as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. He also received the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Best Teacher in Veterinary Medicine at Purdue.

Asem has been at Purdue since 1989 and has served as associate dean for research in the School of Veterinary Medicine since 1997. He received his doctor of philosophy degree in medical physiology in 1985 from the St. Louis University School of Medicine and his doctor of veterinary medicine from Szent Istvan University School of Veterinary Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, in 1980. He has published 80 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Discovery Park is Purdue's interdisciplinary research hub that brings the university's scientists, researchers, engineers and management experts together on a project-based basis to make basic discoveries available to advance the Indiana economy and solve societal problems by inventing new products and processes.

Discovery Park, under construction on State Street on the west edge of campus, has attracted more than $109 million in sponsored research, $100 million in contributions for buildings and now involves about 850 faculty as members. The park has been a critical factor in forming eight startup companies and at least 40 patent filings.

The park currently includes three completed or under-construction buildings: the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Birck Nanotechnology Center and Bindley Bioscience Center. The e-Enterprise Center and Discovery Learning Center are in the design phase. Located at the e-Enterprise Center are the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the Purdue Homeland Security Institute. The formation of the Center for the Environment, the first of four new Discovery Park Centers funded by Lilly Endowment, was announced on June 30.

Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine, which opened in 1959, is the only veterinary school in Indiana and one of only 28 in the entire country. In addition to the doctor of veterinary medicine degree, the school offers an associate degree and a bachelor's degree in veterinary technology, post-graduate internships and residencies for DVMs seeking specialty training, and graduate degrees in the departments of basic medical sciences, pathobiology and clinical sciences. Home to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the school serves as a major referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of all species of companion and food animals, as well as exotic pets and wildlife. The school has a faculty of 95, including specialists who are board certified in their areas of expertise.

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077, mlillich@purdue.edu

Sources: Alan Rebar, (765) 494-7608, rebar@purdue.edu

Elikplimi Asem, (765) 496-3485, asem@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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