2017 Alumni Fellow
Dr. Jerry Jaax, DVM 1972
Dr. Jerry P. Jaax, Manhattan, Kansas, retired from K-State in 2016 as the associate vice president for research compliance. In this position he built the university’s multifaceted research compliance program. Additionally, he has published and lectured nationally on bioterrorism, agroterrorism, emerging infectious disease issues, emergency response and research compliance. He also was heavily involved in the successful effort to build K-State’s Biosecurity Research Institute and bring the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility to Manhattan.
Prior to his position at K-State, Jaax served for 26 years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. His military career highlights include serving as director of the veterinary medicine divisions at the Army’s Medical Research Institute of
Chemical Defense and Medical Research Institute for Infectious Disease, and as director of the Biological Arms Control Treaty Office. He received numerous awards and honors to include induction into the prestigious Army Medical Department’s Order of Military Medical Merit and Consultant to the Surgeon General. He and his wife, Dr. Nancy Jaax, have two adult children.
Jaax earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from K-State in 1972.