Faculty Athletics Representative
Dr. Mary K. Boudreaux
Dr. Mary K. Boudreaux received her DVM degree from LSU in 1979. After practicing for 2 years in California she was accepted into a Clinical Pathology Residency Program at Cornell University where she obtained a PhD in 1986. Dr. Boudreaux has been a faculty member in the Department of Pathobiology at Auburn University since 1986 and has been involved in research and teaching in the area of hemostasis with a particular emphasis on platelet physiology and pathophysiology. A unique aspect of her laboratory is that it evaluates hemostasis, in particular platelets, at the functional, biochemical and molecular level leading to the development of assays that are of value to the public, veterinarians, and scientists.
Her laboratory has characterized several inherited disorders in animals and developed molecular assays that are now used to diagnose homozygous affected animals and identify heterozygous animals allowing breeders to appropriately choose breeding pairs.
Dr. Boudreaux is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and Phi Zeta, the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine. She has been the recipient of several awards including the Beecham Award for Research Excellence in 1991, the LSU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006, the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in 2008, the Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award in 2009, the Pamela Wells Sheffield Award in 2009, and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012.
"Auburn University student athletes are highly motivated and while here they not only mature into adults but also develop excellent time-management skills and a sense of community that will benefit them forever. As one listens to their stories as they prepare to enter the next stage of their lives it is apparent that Auburn University and the Athletics Department have cared for their well-being at multiple levels. I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to interact with veterinary students and student-athletes at Auburn University and to be part of the environment that is preparing the next generation of leaders and accomplished scientists."
Dr. Boudreaux participates in the teaching of second and fourth year veterinary students and graduate students. She was the course director for two Advanced Clinical Pathology courses for several years primarily taken by residents in clinical pathology, pathology, and internal medicine as part of their preparation for Specialty Boards. She has served on numerous committees at the Departmental, College, and University level. She served as Secretary of the University Senate in 2000, Chair of the Auburn University Institutional Effectiveness committee for the SACS Self-Study in 2001 and 2002, as Chair of the Equity and Student Athlete Welfare committee for the NCAA Athletics Certification Self-Study in 2005 and 2006, as Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee in 2005 and 2006, and was Program Director for the Merck-Merial Veterinary Scholars Program from 2006 to 2009. She also was a member of the 4 person review committee for the Department of Kinesiology in 2010. She has served on the Department's Graduate Advisory committee for over 10 years.
She was appointed as the Faculty Athletics Representative by President Gogue beginning on August 2, 2010 and is also currently the Chair of the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. As the Faculty Athletics Representative she serves in an advisory role to the Auburn University President and Athletics Director. Her three primary areas of activity are academic integrity, student-athlete well-being, and institutional control. She serves as the official representative of Auburn University in NCAA and SEC affairs.
Dr. Boudreaux and her husband Calvin Cutshaw have established award endowments to honor Dr. Pat Teer (AU Class of 1959), a Clinical Pathologist that contributed many years of service to the AUCVM and to Dr. Joe Spano, also a greatly loved and dedicated Clinical Pathologist that gave many years of service to the College. They have also contributed to several Programs and Scholarships at Auburn, including the Veterinary Scholars Program, the Department of Pathobiology Graduate Student Support Fund, the Dr. Dougie Macintire Scholarship Fund, and a Scholarship Fund in the College of Engineering.