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Morris Animal Foundation President/CEO Resigns; Interim CEO Announced

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Carol Borchert, 303.708.3418
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The Morris Animal Foundation Board of Trustees announced today that they have accepted the resignation of David Haworth, DVM, PhD, president and chief executive officer of the organization.

A national search is underway to fill the position. Walt George, board trustee, will serve as interim CEO during this transition. George has a long history with the foundation, and brings with him a wealth of experience in business development and operations.

“Dr. Haworth was instrumental in growing the foundation’s footprint as a global leader in funding studies that advance animal health,” said James Kutsch, Jr., PhD, president of the Morris Animal Foundation Board of Trustees. “We have been fortunate to have someone with his scientific expertise and passion for animals leading the organization during the past four years. The foundation’s trustees, scientific advisers and staff are all extremely grateful for Dr. Haworth’s contributions.”

Haworth joined Morris Animal Foundation as its president and CEO in June 2011. During his tenure, foundation giving grew by more than 10 percent, fellowship funding increased significantly, as did investment in training programs for future scientists. The foundation also launched its Osteosarcoma Initiative, a major research program in canine bone cancer to prevent metastatic disease; and its Feline Infectious Peritonitis Cure Initiative, the single largest effort ever to treat and cure FIP in cats. In addition, under Haworth’s direction, the foundation completed enrollment of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Initiative, the largest U.S.-based epidemiological study of its kind ever undertaken in veterinary medicine.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. The foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward 2,400 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org.