Findlay veterinarian Dr. C. Richard Beckett has retired from the University of Findlay’s board, after decades of service to the university community.
His accomplishments were recognized and celebrated by the board this week, which named him trustee emeritus.
Beckett has spent more than 40 years helping the university educate students from around the world.
The Findlay Animal Clinic founder helped establish UF’s Equestrian Studies Program in 1976 and served as its first veterinarian.
He was responsible for launching the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program in 1982, and for establishing University Equine Veterinary Services in 1997, which serves as a community resource and provides students with experiential learning.
Beckett joined the university’s board of trustees in 1985, and was elected chairman in 2002.
Under his leadership, goals were focused on student achievement and experiences.
The UF campus also grew physically and improved with the acquisitions of Winebrenner Village Retirement Community (now the Village Residence Hall), and the former Owens Community College campus (now the Davis Street Building); and expansions to Henderson Dining Hall, the Mazza Museum, and the Davis Street Building.
Graduate education also grew under his tenure with the addition of nine programs, including UF’s first doctoral programs.
In 2007, Beckett helped create UF’s annual Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity, which showcases undergraduate and graduate research and projects.
In 2009, the Dr. C. Richard Beckett Animal Science Building opened on the Western Farm south of Findlay.
He has contributed money to many university funds and projects.
Beckett was named a university Distinguished Associate in 1994, was awarded an honorary doctorate of entrepreneurial business development in 1996.