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New director named for MSU's Animal Resources Center

June 16, 2004 -- MSU News Service

Chris O'Rourke, a veterinarian for the laboratory animals at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is the new director of the Animal Resources Center at Montana State University.

She will begin Sept. 1, replacing Warren "Jack" Frost who is retiring after 20 years as director. Frost plans to stay in Bozeman and continue his consultation work with the McLaughlin Research Institute in Great Falls.

On a recent visit to MSU, O'Rourke said she was excited about moving from a position as clinical veterinarian to a directorship. She praised Frost's leadership and said she looked forward to working with MSU researchers in a growing program.

"Jack has done a wonderful job," she said. "I intend to build on the excellent program currently in place and further expand to meet growing needs."

Frost said the center has grown tremendously in the past two decades, and he expects the growth to continue as research escalates at MSU. The Animal Resources Center, which primarily houses rodents, serves approximately 30 scientists and their research teams on campus. Much of their work relates to infectious diseases, vaccine production for animals and basic research.
"I think it's a very good program, and I'm sure Chris will continue to help it grow," Frost said.

Tom McCoy, MSU's vice president of research, creativity and technology transfer, said, "We are extremely pleased to have successfully recruited Dr. O'Rourke to be the new director of the Animal Resource Center at MSU. Dr. O'Rourke has excellent credentials and experience that will enable her to effectively direct the care and use of laboratory animals at the highest standards required."

O'Rourke and her husband, John Saam, are the parents of a three-year-old daughter, Tricia. O'Rourke grew up in Michigan, and the couple has lived in Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or

From Montana State University News (6/16/04)

Photo by Carol Flaherty