Shirley D. Johnston, DVM, PhD, dean of Western University’s College of
Veterinary Medicine, was elected president of the International Executive
Committee of the International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR) in
Stockholm, Sweden, on July 5, 2000.
The ICAR is an international organization of scientists in animal
reproduction that has convened congresses at four year intervals around
the world since 1948 in order to facilitate international exchange of
information in the area of animal reproduction and biotechnology. The next
congress will be held in August, 2004, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Dr. Johnston is the first woman president of the Executive Committee, and
only the second representative from the United States in ICAR’s history to
serve in this role.
The ICAR is governed by a Standing Committee of representatives from 47
countries; standing committee members from the USA include Dr. Johnston;
and Dr. Rupert Amann, Fort Collins, CO; Dr. Caird Rexroad, Beltsville, MD;
Dr. William Thatcher, Gainesville, FL; and Dr. William Wagner, Washington,
Other members of the International Executive Committee are Dr. Karl-F.
Weitze, Germany (Vice President); Dr. Gareth Evans, Australia (Secretary
General); and members at large Dr. Hernan Baldassarre, Argentina; Dr. Hans
Gustafsson, Sweden; Dr. Maria Illera del Portal, Spain; and Dr. William
Thatcher, United States.
Dr. Johnston is a graduate of Washington State University (DVM, 1974), the
University of Minnesota (PhD, 1981) and is a diplomate in the American
College of Theriogenologists. She is founding dean of Western
University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, which expects to enroll its
charter class in the fall of 2002.