By Jim Barlow David R. Gross was approved as head of the department of veterinary biosciences in the UI College of Veterinary Medicine by the UI Board of Trustees on March 9. He will take office June 1. Gross, the director of the cardiovascular and thoracic surgery research labs and professor of surgery at the University of Kentucky, will succeed Richard F. Bevill Jr., who retired. Kenneth R. Holmes has served as interim head since Bevill's retirement. Gross, who also will be a professor of veterinary physiology, has been at the University of Kentucky in Lexington since 1990. He was on the faculty at Texas A&M University, College Station, from 1974 to 1990. He was director of Texas A&M's applied physics lab from 1983 to 1990. Gross earned his bachelor's and veterinary medicine degrees from Colorado State University in 1958 and 1960, respectively. He also earned a master's degree in 1972 and a doctorate in 1974, both from the Ohio State University.