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August 2010 Transitions

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Dean Barkmeier to Step Down at Creighton

Dr. Wayne W. Barkmeier has announced he will step down as Dean of Creighton University School of Dentistry. Dr. Barkmeier served as Dean from 1994 to 2005, then as Dean Emeritus and Professor of General Dentistry from 2005 to 2009, and returned as Dean in 2009. He will depart in early 2011.

Dr. Barkmeier is extensively involved in biomaterials research and has conducted several clinical evaluations of restorative dental materials. He earned his D.D.S. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Barkmeier has authored over 150 articles and served on editorial boards and as an article review consultant for several professional journals. He was on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1978 and then in the Air Force Reserve from 1978 to 1994, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General.

Creighton University School of Dentistry is conducting a search for its next Dean. More information may be found on the school's website.

Dean Butler to Retire at Meharry

Dean William B. Butler; photo provided by Meharry Medical College School of DentistryMeharry Medical College School of Dentistry announced the retirement of Dean William B. Butler, effective July 31, 2010. Dr. Butler has served as Dean of the school for the past 10 years. Dr. William R. Ballard will serve as Interim Dean until the conclusion of a national search for a new dean. Dr. Butler will continue serving at Meharry as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Senior Advisor to Meharry Medical College President Wayne J. Riley.

Dr. Butler has been with Meharry for 33 years. During this time, he has served as Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics for 16 years and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for one year before his appointment as Dean. Notable accomplishments under Dr. Butler's tenure include upgrades to dental equipment, implementation of the first white coat ceremony for junior dental students, and establishment of a dental implantology program and electronic dental records.

One of the greatest accomplishments under Dr. Butler's leadership was successfully completing a rigorous accreditation site visit conducted by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) that resulted in a "sterling" review for the School of Dentistry.
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"Dr. Butler's accomplishments during his full 33-year tenure at Meharry are indeed impressive and have positioned the School of Dentistry for further growth and development in the years ahead," Dr. Riley said. "By recruiting numerous, highly qualified faculty and by improving the caliber of matriculating students, Dr. Butler has been able to foster significant enhancements that have helped to improve the quality of education at Meharry."

Inside Dentistry Welcomes Dr. James B. Bramson to Editorial Board

ADEA Corporate Member AEGIS Communications has announced the addition of Dr. James B. Bramson to Inside Dentistry's editorial advisory board. Dr. Bramson is president of Bramson & Company, a strategic health care consulting firm, and also serves as Executive Vice President of industry relations for Dentra. A former general practitioner and the ninth Hillenbrand Fellow of the American Dental Association, he has held the position of Executive Director for both the Massachusetts Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

"We're exceptionally pleased to welcome Dr. Bramson on board," said Mr. Daniel Perkins, President and CEO of AEGIS Communications and publisher of Inside Dentistry. "With his years of distinguished service, he brings first-hand knowledge on the most crucial issues facing the dental profession and industry."

Dr. Bramson's focus is on collaborative efforts to improve quality throughout the health care system. "I'm excited to have this opportunity to contribute to Inside Dentistry's educational mission," he remarked. "This journal offers an excellent venue to facilitate ongoing discussions on the enhancement of dental care."

The February 2010 issue of Inside Dentistry featured an open conversation with Dr. Bramson, his first major interview since founding his consulting business in 2008. Dr. Bramson offers his personal observations on emerging issues and trends in the dental profession and strategies to address these challenges. This interview is available online at www.insidedentistry.net.

Dr. Murdoch-Kinch New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch; photo provided by University of Michigan School of DentistryUniversity of Michigan School of Dentistry Dean Peter Polverini announced the appointment of Dr. Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch as the school's new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She joined the school faculty in 2000 and will succeed Dr. Marilyn S. Lantz in the position. Dr. Lantz continues to teach as a Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

Dr. Murdoch-Kinch earned her dental degree from Dalhousie University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. She has served in numerous leadership roles, including President of the Central Branch of the Detroit District Dental Society, President of the Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis, and Director and Secretary of the American Board of Oral Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Murdoch-Kinch was elected a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Scotland. Before coming to the University of Michigan, she held a faculty appointment at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry for six years.

"I am deeply honored to have been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, especially at this time of great challenge and opportunity for our school and our profession," Dr. Murdoch-Kinch said. "I am looking forward to working with our faculty, students, and staff to help maintain our standards of excellence as we lead the profession in a new model of dental education."

Dr. David C. Alexander to Resign From FDI World Dental Federation

Dr. David C. Alexander, Executive Director, will resign from his position at FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) at the end of August 2010. A successor has not yet been named.

Dr. Alexander brought a steady influence to the FDI during a time of challenge to the organization's financial stability due to the global economic crisis. With a background in both dental public health and the global health care business, his achievements during his time as Executive Director were many. The federation set up its legal headquarters and management operations in Geneva, Switzerland; launched the Global Caries Initiative; renewed official relations status with the World Health Organization; attained membership and a voice for the dental profession in the Global Mercury Partnership of the United Nations Environmental Program; and saw publication of the Oral Health Atlas and sponsorship of an online interactive global database.

FDI President Dr. Roberto Vianna said Dr. Alexander "has shown a passion for the cause of improving oral health and been an inspiration to many. We all have tremendous mixed feelings over this decision. It is both with reluctance and sadness that the Executive Committee has accepted this decision."

Dr. Alexander said that "[b]ringing the FDI World Dental Federation into the centre of international health in Geneva and amplifying the place of oral health in general health and well-being has been a tremendously rewarding experience and positions the federation for increasing influence and effectiveness to bring to reality the vision of leading the world to optimal oral health. I now look forward to spending more time with my family."

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