William W. King, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, has been appointed the new Associate Vice President for Research – Animal Care & Use Program in the Office of the Vice President for Research.
His five-year appointment, which includes newly expanded roles and responsibilities, was approved by the U-M Board of Regents on July 21.
As associate vice president for research, Dr. King will work with the Assistant Vice President for Research – Animal Program Compliance Oversight and the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee to provide strategic leadership and a shared vision for safeguarding animal welfare across U-M. Dr. King also will collaborate with the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) leadership team to ensure programmatic compliance across all aspects of the university research enterprise that involve the use of animals.
King, who joined U-M in 2018 as an assistant vice president for research within OVPR, will also maintain his dual roles as University Attending Veterinarian and Executive Director of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine in the Medical School.
Dr. King’s extensive 30+ years of experience in laboratory animal medicine, compliance operations, and management includes positions at the University of Louisville and the four Veterans Administration medical centers in the greater Chicago area.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rhodes College in Tennessee and doctoral degrees in veterinary medicine and veterinary medical science from Louisiana State University.
After completing his education and residency training at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, he was appointed as the Veterinary Medical Officer and Director of the Veterinary Medical Unit at four VA Medical Centers in the greater Chicago area, including the Hines VA Hospital in Maywood, Illinois. Prior to joining U-M, he served concurrently as the Attending Veterinarian; Associate Vice President - Research Services; and Director, Research Resource Facilities at the University of Louisville.
Dr. King's research interests include the study of parvovirus and papillomavirus in laboratory mice, flow cytometric analysis of non-mammalian blood cells, and developing institutional compliance oversight.