Iverson Bell


Dr. Rustin Moore

Dr. Rustin Moore, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University is the recipient of the 2023 Iverson Bell Award. The Iverson Bell Award recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions for underrepresented minorities in veterinary medical education.  He embodies all that Dr. Bell stood for to move diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) forward in veterinary medicine and beyond. One of his first actions as Dean was to create a position for an Associate Dean for Faculty & Staff Affairs, Inclusive Diversity, and Planning who would also serve as the college’s Chief Diversity Officer. Dean Moore’s dedication to DEIB extends to his professional service outside the university as a member of the Advisory Group of the Commission for a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Veterinary Profession and within his specialty college as a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, DEI Committee. He has established sustainable DEIB practices in all his activities and involvement: ingraining DEIB into the OSU veterinary curriculum (and other affiliated institutions), building pipelines for underrepresented groups in veterinary medicine (state and nationwide), and championing DEIB through his numerous elected positions in organized veterinary medicine, all like Dr. Bell’s accomplishments.

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