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Transitions, Appointments and Awards - August 2013

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University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry Dean to Step Down in 2014

John Reinhardt, D.D.S., who has served as Dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry for 13 years, announced that he will step down from his post on June 30, 2014. 

“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as Dean since 2000, and now it is time for someone new to guide the College of Dentistry to ever higher levels of achievement,” Dr. Reinhardt says. “The successes of the college would not have been possible without the dedicated energy and support of our faculty and staff, and for that I am very grateful.”

UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., says that Dr. Reinhardt led the College of Dentistry to new heights in education, research and outreach.

“Under John’s leadership, the College of Dentistry has continued to attract and educate the best dental students in the nation,” says Dr. Maurer. “In addition, national research funding in the college has risen dramatically, and the college has provided dental care to many underserved individuals across the state. We appreciate all of John’s work, and we’re pleased that he will remain at UNMC and continue to serve on the dental faculty.”

Dr. Reinhardt says that he plans to assume faculty duties once he steps down from the Dean’s position. Until then, there will be no slowing down. “Challenges are always present, but we have a great year to look forward to.” 

Dr. Garcia Appointed Associate Dean for Education at University of Iowa College of Dentistry

Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, has been appointed Associate Dean for Education at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She will begin her new role on September 30, 2013. Dr. Garcia currently serves as a Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School (UTHSCSA Dental School).

She received her D.D.S. in 1984 at Baylor College of Dentistry and a Certificate in Prosthodontics (1986) and M.S. (1987) from UTHSCSA. While at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, she was Chair of the Division of Prosthodontics (1994-2000) and was also Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry (1996-2001). In 2001, she became Chair of the UTHSCSA Dental School Department of Prosthodontics and in 2010 became the Director of the Division of Advanced Education and External Affairs at UTHSCSA Dental School. She also serves as Program Director for the UTHSCSA Dental School Master of Science in Dental Science degree encompassing four current dental specialty programs. 

Dr. Garcia served as the President of the American College of Prosthodontists in 2012, where she worked nationally for dental education within her specialty and other areas of dentistry. Dr. Garcia is serving as the ADEA Chair-elect of the Board for 2013-14. She is a board-certified Prosthodontist and active clinician in various clinical settings including teaching in the predoctoral student and resident clinics along with her own private practice.

Dr. Reynolds named University of Maryland School of Dentistry Interim Dean

Mark Reynolds, M.A., D.D.S., Ph.D., has been named Interim Dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD). Dr. Reynolds takes the reins from Christian S. Stohler, D.M.D., DrMedDent, who has served as Dean since 2003.

A distinguished academic dentist, Dr. Reynolds joined UMSOD in 1996 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Periodontics. Since 2001 he has served as Director of the Advanced Dental Education Program in Periodontics. He has served as chair of the Department of Periodontics since 2005.

Dr. Reynolds’ passion for periodontics is evident in his more than 200 scholarly publications and numerous affiliations with professional organizations. In recognition of his expertise, he was elected to a six-year term as a director of the American Board of Periodontology, where he works to establish examination tools and shape the direction of periodontics.

Dr. Reynolds assumed his new role on July 15, 2013 and will serve as Interim Dean of the UMSOD until a national search is concluded and a new dean has been named.

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