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AAALAC International appoints Gary Borkowski Senior Director

Gary BorkowskiAugust 17, 2017 - AAALAC International has appointed Gary L. Borkowski, D.V.M., M.S., Senior Director. Dr. Borkowski currently serves as Senior Research Advisor for Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, Indiana. In his new position as AAALAC's Senior Director, Dr. Borkowski will lead and oversee AAALAC's education and outreach program in North America, including digital resources, educational activities and analysis of accreditation trends. He will also partner with the Global Director in facilitating many aspects of the accreditation program. Dr. Borkowski will assume duties as AAALAC's new Senior Director on August 28th.

Dr. Borkowski has a long history of service with AAALAC International. In 1998 he was selected to become an Ad Hoc Consultant to AAALAC, and in the years following he served multiple terms as a member of AAALAC's Council on Accreditation. From 2007 through 2011 he also served on the AAALAC International Board of Trustees representing the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

"Dr. Borkowski brings tremendous knowledge and experience in both academic and pharmaceutical laboratory animal medicine and science to his new position as Senior Director for AAALAC International," said Dr. Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International Chief Executive Officer. "His broad expertise and understanding of the field, combined with his deep knowledge of AAALAC's accreditation program and processes, will serve AAALAC and its constituents extremely well. We are so pleased to welcome him aboard, and look forward to all that he will be able to offer to our accredited organizations."

"For me, joining AAALAC as its Senior Director is a dream come true," said Dr. Borkowski. "I have been involved with AAALAC in one form or another for nearly 20 years, and I am even more impressed today with the mission of AAALAC and its exceptional people than I was in 1998 when I first joined AAALAC as an ad hoc Consultant."

Dr. Borkowski received his veterinary medical degree from Iowa State University, a master's degree in laboratory animal medicine from the Pennsylvania State University, and he is board certified in Laboratory Animal Medicine. He has 30 years of experience in academic and pharmaceutical laboratory animal medicine and science, and has worked at major international research institutions including Vanderbilt University, Pennsylvania State University, Upstate Medical Center, Monsanto, Pharmacia and Pfizer. Dr. Borkowski also worked at the Kennedy Space Center on four Space Shuttle Life Sciences missions for the commercial development of microgravity research. He previously served as the Program Chair for the National AALAS Annual Meeting, and is past-president of both ASLAP (American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners) and ACLAM (American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine).

"Every day we read the headlines about the challenges and opportunities we face as a human race to improve human and animal health and the environment," Dr. Borkowski added. "AAALAC's role in ensuring and enhancing the humane care of animals used in research, teaching, and testing as we conquer these challenges has never been more essential. I'm very proud and honored to be part of this effort."

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Borkowski!


AAALAC International adopts new governance structure and accompanying bylaws, holds first meeting of new Directors

February 2017 - During its last annual meeting in September, AAALAC International ratified a change in its governance structure and created a Board of Directors (BOD). Since then, the organization held elections and named a new BOD comprised of six officers, six directors, and two representatives from the Council on Accreditation (the president and vice president). The new BOD was elected by the Member Organization Delegates (previously known as the Board of Trustees) who represent a wide variety of prestigious scientific and educational professional organizations from around the world. The change to the new governance structure enhances the responsiveness of AAALAC International's governing body to the needs of the organization and its program participants and further engages the Member Organizations through the formation of Advisory Groups. The Board of Directors held a very productive first meeting earlier this month.

"The new Board of Directors is committed to the future of AAALAC International and is part of a milestone event in the history of our organization," said Dr. Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International's Chief Executive Officer. "AAALAC is privileged to be on the receiving end of the Board's expertise and wisdom."


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