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AAALAC International appoints Gary L. Borkowski Global Director

AAALAC International has appointed Gary L. Borkowski, D.V.M., M.S., as Global Director. Dr. Borkowski has served as Senior Director for AAALAC International since August 2017. Prior to joining AAALAC, he served as Senior Research Advisor for Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In his new position as AAALAC's Global Director, Dr. Borkowski will oversee the accreditation program globally as well as serve as one of the staff members representing AAALAC International and promoting AAALAC's mission on a worldwide basis. He will also assist the Chief Executive Officer in implementing the policies and programs of the organization. Dr. Borkowski will assume duties as AAALAC's new Global Director on November 1st.

Dr. Borkowski has a long history of service with AAALAC International. As Senior Director he led and oversaw AAALAC's education and outreach program in North America, including digital resources, educational activities and analysis of accreditation trends. He also facilitated many aspects of the accreditation program. His service to AAALAC first began in 1998 when he was selected to become an Ad Hoc Consultant to AAALAC. 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).

"We are thrilled that Dr. Borkowski has accepted the position of Global Director," said Dr. Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International Chief Executive Officer. "During his time as Senior Director, Dr. Borkowski demonstrated tremendous leadership and stewardship of AAALAC's mission and work. This, combined with his deep knowledge of AAALAC's accreditation program and processes, will serve AAALAC extremely well in his new position as Global Director."

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, Pfizer and Eli Lilly & Co. 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).

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve AAALAC International in the role of Global Director and will work hard to uphold the very high level of quality service that has been established by others who have previously served in this position," said Dr. Borkowski. "I continue to be impressed by the dedication of the individuals I have the privilege to interact with and how deeply they care about the animals and people with whom they work."

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Borkowski!

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