LMU Appoints Dr. Stacy Anderson as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Stacy Anderson pictured with her 11-year-old horse Beau Rogue, a Canadian warmblood gelding.

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess has announced the appointment of Dr. Stacy (Thacker) Anderson as dean of LMU’s College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) effective Aug. 4, 2020. Anderson joined the LMU-CVM in 2015 and has served as associate dean for academic affairs, the director of Large Animal Clinical Skills and associate professor of Large Animal Surgery. Anderson is stepping into the role formerly held by, Dr. Jason Johnson, who will continue serving on the LMU-CVM Advisory Board to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. 


“I am confident Dr. Stacy Anderson is the right person to lead the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine as it continues to mature and grow,” said LMU President Clayton Hess. “Dr. Anderson has a passion for veterinary education and is dedicated to the CVM’s mission of producing confident, competent day-one veterinarians. Over the last five years she has implemented new initiatives, developed innovative curriculum and had a positive impact on our students, faculty and staff. We look forward to her leadership in training future veterinarians in Appalachia and beyond.”


Anderson has had lifelong exposure to academic veterinary medicine to inspire her career. Her father, Dr. Brad Thacker, is a swine veterinarian who was on the faculty at Michigan State University and Iowa State University before entering the industry as a technical services veterinarian. Her mother, Dr. Eileen Thacker, led a successful research group at Iowa State becoming world-renowned for her work investigating swine respiratory diseases. Both received several awards recognizing their contributions to the veterinary profession and are now retired. 


Anderson graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine with honors. She completed two large animal/equine surgical internships, one at Kendall Road Equine Hospital in Elgin, Illinois, and the other at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a large animal surgical residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan, attaining American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) board certification in 2013. Following the residency, she remained at WCVM and completed her PhD evaluating equine neutrophil lifespan in inflammatory conditions in 2015. While at WCVM, Anderson won numerous awards for her research efforts as a graduate student including the Western College of Veterinary Medicine Equine Health Research Fund Graduate Student Award (2011 and 2014) and the Vétquinol Graduate Student Award for Research in Anaesthesia (2013). 


Since joining LMU-CVM, Anderson has invested herself fully into the development of curriculum to produce confident, competent day-one ready graduates. Within the first year of being on faculty, she was promoted to director of Large Animal Clinical Skills where she worked closely with Dr. Julie Hunt, director of Small Animal Clinical Skills, to develop a successful clinical skills program that has attracted many visitors from other veterinary colleges to learn about the program. She shifted her focus to educational research and has authored or co-authored multiple articles since joining LMU-CVM. 


Anderson has a passion for teaching, which ultimately drew her to LMU-CVM where the student-centered model of education closely aligned with her previous experiences. Anderson was recognized for her teaching efforts in the spring of 2019 when she won the Class of 2020 Teacher of the Year award and the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award. Anderson has continued to teach while moving into administration and plans to continue teaching in her new role as dean. 


“Though the years I have watched Dr. Stacy Anderson grow and I have recognized that she is a natural born leader. I’m absolutely convinced that she is the perfect person to continue to advance the mission of the college,” said Johnson. “She possesses a true passion and innate skill to innovate and advance veterinary education, not only at LMU but within all veterinary academia. I am super excited to watch the lasting impact that she will have on education.”


In 2018, Anderson led the effort as the chair of the Curriculum Review and Revision Task Force to review and revise LMU-CVM’s pre-clinical curriculum. Anderson’s leadership abilities were recognized by the LMU-CVM administration early into her faculty appointment and she was chosen as the representative for the 2016-2017 AAVMC Leadership Academy. This experience provided her with a solid foundation from which she continues to develop her leadership skills. In August 2019, Anderson was named interim associate dean of academic affairs; and in March 2020, the position was made permanent.  


“I am honored and humbled to serve as the next dean of the LMU-CVM,” said Anderson. “As I move into this new role, I plan to continue Dr. Johnson’s vision forward to be a leader in bringing innovation to veterinary medical education. I am committed to upholding the LMU-CVM mission and will work hard to implement initiatives that will meet the needs of today’s veterinary graduates and prepare them for meeting future challenges.”


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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