Lisa Freeman is taking her knack for research and relationship-building from the College of Veterinary Medicine to a new role at the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus.
Freeman, associate dean of research and graduate programs at the vet school, has been named associate vice president of innovation by the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus, Inc., board of directors.
"The Olathe innovation campus will serve as a bridge between K-State's Manhattan campus and the academic and industrial resources in the greater Kansas City area," Freeman said. "I'm looking forward to creating new programs for pre-college outreach, graduate education and professional development in animal health and food safety."
Freeman also will encourage an entrepreneurial culture on the Olathe campus. Among her tasks will be the transfer of research and ideas from the lab to the marketplace.
"We are very fortunate to have attracted someone of Lisa Freeman's caliber," said Dan Richardson, CEO of the Olathe campus. "Her professional expertise and track record are a perfect match for the vision and mission of the campus, and her experience with public and private interests will be critical to our success in Olathe."
In 1994 Freeman joined K-State's department of anatomy and physiology, where she taught pharmacology. Since then she has served as a research mentor and role model for postdoctoral students, clinical residents and young faculty members. In 2001, she was named director of mentored training, and in 2005 she became associate dean for research and graduate programs. In that role she supported research efforts of college faculty and trainees and advanced the research capabilities and reputation of the college through interactions with industry, government and commodity groups.
"Lisa has more than proved herself as a professor, mentor, researcher and administrator in the past 14 years with the College of Veterinary Medicine," said Ron Trewyn, vice president for research and chair of the Olathe campus board.
Freeman also will help facilitate research programs at the Biosecurity Research Institute here in Manhattan, including the coordination of infectious disease research initiatives with other institutions.
Photo: Lisa Freeman, right, says the Olathe innovation campus will serve as a bridge between K-State's Manhattan campus and the academic and industrial resources in the greater Kansas City area. Photo by Dave Adams, College of Veterinary Medicine.