Ainsworth appointed dean of Research and Graduate Studies
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HAMMOND – Avery “Jerald” Ainsworth Jr., formerly with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed dean of research and graduate studies at Southeastern Louisiana University.
In his position at Southeastern, Ainsworth will oversee the graduate program, which now includes 18 master’s degree programs and one doctoral program, an educational doctorate in leadership technology. He will also be responsible for coordinating all of Southeastern’s research activities.
A former associate dean for research and graduate studies in Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Ainsworth has been affiliated with the college since joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1980. While there, he also served as head of the Department of Basic Sciences, administrator of laboratory animal resources and care, and professor and coordinator of the graduate program.
At Mississippi State, he was awarded the Dean’s Pegasus Research Award and the Dean’s Pegasus Teaching Award, the MSU Faculty Research Award for the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Smith Kline Beecham Award for Research Excellence, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership. His research included awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Merck-Merial Animal Health Grant Program.
“We are pleased to have an individual with the academic credentials that Dr. Ainsworth possesses heading our graduate studies and research program,” said Southeastern Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Crain. “His strong research background will further Southeastern’s on-going efforts to increase research support among our faculty.”
Ainsworth earned a bachelor of science degree in biophysics from Delta State University, a master’s degree in immunopathology and doctorate in immunology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Medicine.