James J. Koelbl, D.D.S., M.S., M.J., has been named Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of New England (UNE). Dr. Koelbl has been serving as the Founding Dean of the University of New England College of Dental Medicine. He will continue to serve as Dean of the UNE-CDM. A search for his successor as Dean is likely to begin later this year.
Since joining UNE-CDM in 2011, Dr. Koelbl has demonstrated his commitment to UNE-CDM and to academic excellence as he has helped build northern New England’s only College of Dental Medicine, which welcomes its inaugural class of students this week. He moved seamlessly into the role of Interim Provost three months ago and immediately contributed with his calm demeanor and thoughtful leadership.
Dr. Koelbl has a distinguished record of academic and professional leadership. Dr. Koelbl received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1973. Following dental school, he entered private practice and served for over 20 years in urban and rural locations. He received an M.S. in Oral Biology in 1986 from Loyola University Graduate School, with a concentration in dental materials. In 1992, he earned an M.J. in Health Law from Loyola University School of Law. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, and a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. Dr. Koelbl has served in numerous roles in organized dentistry, including as a member of the Committee on Specialty Recognition of the American Dental Association (ADA), and President-Elect of the West Virginia Dental Association.
Dr. Koelbl is beginning his 15th year as a dental dean, having served as Dean of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, Founding Dean of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, and now as Founding Dean of UNE-CDM.
Dr. Koelbl has served for eight years as a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), chairing comprehensive dental school accreditation site visits throughout the country. In 2005, he was appointed to a four-year term as a member of CODA, served as Vice-Chair in 2007–08, and as Chair in 2008–09. He also chaired the CODA Task Force charged with reviewing and implementing recommendations made by the 2008 ADA House of Delegates, and also served as a member of the ADA-CODA Joint Committee on International Accreditation.
In 2005, Dr. Koelbl was appointed as a founding member of the ADEA/American Association of Dental Research (AADR) National Oral Health Advocacy Committee (NOHAC). In 2007, he was elected to a two-year term as Chair of NOHAC, which has since been reorganized back into the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC). He continued to serve as the Chair of LAC until 2010. In that role, Dr. Koelbl helped develop the ADEA Principles of Health Care Reform, a document that was approved by the ADEA House of Delegates, and which continues to guide ADEA’s legislative efforts in the area of health care legislation. In 2010, Dr. Koelbl was asked to serve as Chair of the ADEA Task Force to develop Guiding Principles for the Education of New Oral Health Professionals.
UNE has campuses in Portland and Biddeford, ME, and in addition to the College of Dental Medicine includes the College of Arts and Sciences, the Westbrook College of Health Professions, the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Pharmacy.