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Penn Vet Announces New Overseer

Published: Sep 5, 2017

Christopher B. CowanPenn Vet announces the appointment of Christopher B. Cowan to its Board of Overseers. Overseer boards serve as bridges between Penn’s schools and centers and the community beyond campus boundaries. The President, Provost, and Board of Trustees rely heavily on these boards to help inform the work of the schools and centers.

Cowan serves as Director of International Project Finance for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which provides financing and political risk insurance for companies
investing in the emerging markets of Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He is responsible for originating, structuring, and executing loans to companies in several business sectors, including transportation, tourism, telecommunications, mining, power generation, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and

Cowan received his BA in business from Morehouse College and an MBA in multinational management from the Wharton School. He also received a certificate in international business from the Stockholm School of Economics.

He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, two sons, and Lazlo, their beloved Basenji. An avid traveler, Cowan has a unique perspective on global food security and international animal welfare.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Chris to our Board of Overseers,” said Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks. “His interest in connecting the School and our students to the global community will serve us well in our One Health efforts. We also will undoubtedly benefit from his expertise in economic development.”

Louis SallieThank you, Lou Sallie

Louis “Lou” Sallie has served as an Ex Officio member of the Penn Vet Board of Overseers since 1992, representing the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. In 2012, he led a successful fundraising effort to create the Richard W. Newpher Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund that provides support for Pennsylvania students pursuing food animal careers at Penn Vet.

In 2017, Sallie retired from the Farm Bureau after 42 years of service.

Lou has been a tireless advocate for the School and an incredibly engaged Board member, " said Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks. “We are so fortunate to have benefited from his unwavering support. The Farm Bureau is a valued partner of ours, and we look forward to our ongoing collaboration."

Sam KiefferWelcome, Sam Kieffer

Penn Vet welcomes Sam Kieffer as the Farm Bureau’s new representative on the Board. Kieffer has led the Farm Bureau’s Governmental Affairs and Communications division for the past four years and succeeds Sallie as Administrative Secretary for the organization.

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across the state.