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An academic leadership opportunity located near his boyhood home was too much to resist for M&I Professor Tom Kawula, who has been on the UNC faculty for nearly 25 years. During that time, Tom has built an international reputation for his research on bacterial pathogens including Haemophilus ducreyi and Francisella tularensis. He has also been deeply immersed in training graduate and undergraduate students to become scientists, and he is widely admired as a mentor and teacher. Everyone who knows Tom personally or professionally are aware that his commitment, sincerity, and generosity go far beyond what we normally expect from a faculty member. We will miss him but wish him well as he moves to Washington State University in his new role as Director of the Paul Allen School of Global Animal Health. You can read more about Tom at the link below: