Having received B.S., D.V.M., and M.S. degrees from Kansas State University, Dr. Fenwick completed a residency in diagnostic pathology and received a Ph.D. in comparative pathology from the University of California, Davis. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors. Following a faculty position at the University of Florida, he was recruited by Kansas State University. During his tenure at Kansas State he built a world-class research program in veterinary infectious diseases and held numerous administrative and leadership positions, including associate dean, assistant department head, president of the faculty, and special assistant to the Provost. As professor of pathobiology and microbiology he has published over 130 research papers, book chapters, and proceeding reports; served on numerous scientific editorial boards and as editor; holds five patents and founded a biotech company; has given over 200 invited scientific presentations world-wide; and has received over $9-million in competitive research funding from numerous Federal and State agencies, and private organizations.
He has received numerous awards and honors including the Beecham Award for Research Excellence, the Yarborough Medicine Award, the Kansas Veterinary Service Award, Sigma Xi Outstanding Scientist and Service Awards, and the U.C. Davis distinguished alumni award. Dr. Fenwick was selected as the only veterinarian to be appointed as the Chief Science of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has served on numerous federal committees and initiatives, including chair of the interagency working group on microbial genomics and biology (The Microbe Project) as well as a member of the US-EC Committee on Biotechnology where he lead the program on predictive aspects of emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases of animals and humans.
He is a Fellow with the American Council on Education, a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is currently a Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science Advisor to the U.S. State Department and USAID where his portfolio is focused on APEC and included Food Security, Higher Education, and Science, Technology, and Innovation. He has held university senior administrative positions, including Graduate Dean, Vice President for Research, President for Intellectual Properties, and Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement. As Senior Vice President Global Strategic Alliances with Elsevier he is charged with forging non-commercial partnerships with universities, research centers, industry, governments, and funding bodies to enhance research and innovation productivity and success.