Dr. Ronald J. Hunt Accepts New Position at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
Ronald J. Hunt, D.D.S., M.S., Dean at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry and ADEA President, has accepted a position as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. David C. Sarrett, currently the Associate Vice-President for Health Sciences at VCU, will assume additional duties as Interim Dean until the university completes a national search for a new dean.
University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Welcomes New Faculty
The University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry welcomes Dr. Nasser Said-Al-Naief and Dr. Rinku S. Saini to its full-time staff. "With the addition of experienced and talented educators such as these," said Dr. Nader Nadershahi, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, "The dental school furthers its reputation and commitment to first-rate education and the development of our integrated Pacific Dental Helix Curriculum."
Dr. Said-Al-Naief has joined as an Associate Professor in the Pathology and Medicine Department and Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Laboratory and Clinical Oral Pathology and Medicine. He received his D.D.S. from Marquette University School of Dentistry and his Master of Science in oral biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As part of his academic leadership and involvement, Said-Al-Naief spearheads numerous research studies, presents numerous national and international continuing education courses, is a member of 11 professional societies, and serves as a reviewer for eight academic journals covering oral, head, and neck pathology. He also serves on the Executive Council of the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology.
Dr. Saini joins as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Previously, he was Assistant Professor and staff dentist at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Saini received his D.D.S. and M.P.H. from Columbia University and his M.S. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before entering pediatric dentistry, Dr. Saini taught elementary school in Southern California.
Eastern Carolina University Welcomes New Faculty
Eastern Carolina University (ECU) School of Dentistry Dean James R. Hupp has announced the appointments of Dr. Margaret B. Wilson and Dr. Francis G. Serio to the new school's leadership team. "I am grateful such accomplished academicians have decided to join us," said Dr. Hupp. "They will be of tremendous help as we prepare for initial accreditation, plan our Greenville and community service learning center facilities, and prepare for our first admissions cycle."
Dr. Wilson joined the ECU School of Dentistry as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She comes to ECU from the University of Maryland, where she held positions of Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, Associate Dean for Professional Programs, and most recently Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Dr. Wilson obtained her D.D.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Wilson will provide leadership and management for the school in areas related to predoctoral student recruitment, admissions, and support programs. She will be responsible for attracting and retaining academically qualified students who are oriented toward dental service careers in underserved communities in North Carolina.
Dr. Serio joined ECU as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Previously, Dr. Serio was Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. He is also the founder and Director of the Dominican Dental Mission Project and actively involved in Dentistry Overseas, a joint project between the American Dental Association and Health Volunteers Overseas.
Dr. Serio will provide leadership and management for the new school's clinical predoctoral and clinical residency programs. He will also provide administrative support for the facility in response to the evolving needs of modern dental students, residents, and faculty, and assist with the school's compliance with accreditation standards and state and federal education regulations.
Dr. James P. Lund Dies
Dr. James P. Lund, former Dean of McGill's Faculty of Dentistry, died in his sleep on December 8, 2009. Highly regarded as a researcher and academic leader, he was also a member of the CIHR Group in Neurological Sciences. He was 67 years old.
Dr. Lund earned his Bachelor of Dental Science degree in 1966 from the University of Adelaide and, after a brief private dental practice in Mt. Gambier, South Australia, came to the University of Western Ontario (UWO). He received a Ph.D. in Physiology in 1971 at UWO and began a life of research. He went on to the Universite de Montreal, where he enjoyed a distinguished 24-year career culminating in an eight-year appointment as the Vice-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Dentistry.
Dr. Lund was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill in 1995, a position that he held until June 2008. Under Dr. Lund's leadership, the D.M.D. program at McGill was completely restructured. A champion of interdisciplinary research, Dr. Lund played a leading role in the establishment of several multidisciplinary centers at McGill, including the Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research, the Centre for Biorecognition and Biosensors, and the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain.
In recognition of his work in establishing the Outreach Program, which provides free dental care to vulnerable patients within community centers, Dr. Lund was awarded a Medal by the Carrefour des Communites du Quebec. In addition, the Outreach Program was awarded a Prix Qualite par L'Association des CLSC et CHSLD du Quebec in 2003, and a Silver Medal of Excellence by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education in 2005. Dr. Lund was also a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr. Joel F. Glover Dies
Dr. Joel F. Glover, former American Dental Association (ADA) Trustee, passed away on December 17, 2009, at his home. He was 66 years old and had been battling small-cell cancer.
A former Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who practiced general dentistry in Reno, Nevada for 40 years, Dr. Glover also served the ADA as 14th District Trustee from 2003 to 2007. He was past President of the Nevada Dental Association and American Association of Dental Examiners and served on the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure and Commission on Dental Accreditation.
"Because of his vast experience, Joel was an incredible resource for the ADA Board," ADA President Ron Tankersley said. "He always put his best foot forward, even during difficult times. He also freely encouraged and empowered others. His legacy in the ADA will be carried forward by those who he inspired to be the best they could."