Dear Campus Colleagues,

It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to announce the retirement of Bruce Kennedy, IACUC Administrator. I am both saddened that Bruce will be leaving Chapman, but happy for Bruce to be starting this new chapter.

Bruce’s distinguished career spans more than 40 years in academia and research support. Having started at Chapman in 2017, Bruce was instrumental in the development and enhancements of theBruce Kennedy Headshot animal research program at Chapman. He is passionate about his work, and his knowledge and love for animal care and use is beyond compare. He has established a foundation for us to build on as we continue to grow the animal research program that is so important for new discoveries.

Under his guidance, the IACUC and the animal care and use program provide oversight and support for Chapman’s animal researchers. Bruce has done an exceptional job of training and educating researchers, staff, and committee members on the extensive regulatory and compliance obligations associated with research with animals. Bruce helped Chapman build a foundation committed to ensuring the scientific merit of the research while considering the ethical costs to the animals.

Bruce received his BS in zoology and MS in avian sciences at UC Davis and his EdD in educational leadership at Californi

a State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CPP). His expansive career as a researcher, educator, and administrator started in California and included 19 years in Virginia and Maryland. He holds LATG, CMAR, and CPIA certifications. Bruce is past president of LAWTE and AALAS, director of the California Society for Biomedical Research, and recipient of the B&K IAT, the AALAS Collins, and the Purina tech awards.

Bruce’s last day at Chapman is slated for October 1, 2021.  We will miss his wit, camaraderie, and inspiration.  A reception will be held on September 15, 2021 (noon – 1PM) at the Rinker Campus to recognize Bruce’s time at Chapman and his distinguished career. An invite with RSVP will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Please join me in thanking Bruce for his commitment and dedication to Chapman University, and wishing him the best for a happy and long retirement.

All the best,

Thomas Piechota, PhD, PE

Vice President for Research

Office of Research