William W. King has been appointed assistant vice president for research-animal resources in the University of Michigan Office of Research. The appointment was effective Jan. 1.

William King

As assistant vice president, King will work closely with Vice President for Research Jack Hu and other leaders to provide strategic leadership and a shared vision for ensuring sustained excellence in animal care and use across the university.

Laboratory animals are critical to progress in a wide range of research that cuts across many disciplines across all three campuses including medicine, biology, public health, dentistry, nursing, engineering, pharmacy and the life sciences.

King, a veterinarian, also will serve in the positions of university attending veterinarian, executive director of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine and clinical professor of laboratory animal medicine at the Medical School.

He comes to U-M from the University of Louisville, where he served concurrently as the attending veterinarian, associate vice president for research services, and director of research facilities.

Prior to that he was veterinary medical officer and director of the Veterinary Medical Unit at four Veterans Administration medical centers in the greater Chicago area.

King earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rhodes College in Tennessee, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a doctorate in veterinary medical science from Louisiana State University.