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Transitions, Appointments and Awards - March 2014

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Respected Dental Educator Dr. Bennett Dies

Ian BennettIan Cecil Bennett, B.D.S., D.D.S., M.Sc., passed away January 6, 2014, in Bellevue, WA. He leaves a great legacy as a dental educator and colleague.

Born in England of Welsh heritage, Dr. Bennett completed his dental degree in Liverpool. He made his way to the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, earning his D.D.S. Soon after, he enrolled in the pediatric dentistry graduate program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Following graduation, he became a junior faculty member at Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

He made stops at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he served as Dean. Dr. Bennett was eventually recruited back to Dalhousie Dentistry to serve as Dean. 

Dr. Bennett was always engaged and involved in promoting dental education and research while developing management tools for dental administration. He was visionary and forward thinking, empowering those who brought innovative ideas. Dr. Bennett also was a great supporter of ADEA, the ACFD/AFDC and national organized dentistry.

Following a leave in San Francisco (UCSF), he retired to Vancouver and then moved to Washington State, where he lived out his life.


Dr. Deem Elected Chair of Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry

Lisa P. Deem, D.M.D., J.D., Associate Dean for Admissions, Diversity and Student Services in the The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University, has been elected Chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry. Dr. Deem was elected Chair by the 15-member state board at its January meeting and will serve as Chair for at least a year.

As Chair, Dr. Deem said she wants the board to review the state’s dental regulations, expedite more follow-up actions taken by the board and strive for consensus among board members when imposing sanctions against licensees who violate Pennsylvania’s dental practice act.

“We need to look at the state’s dental regulations; there are some that are just so antiquated,” she says. “I would like the board to review the state dental practice act to see what we can do to make it more contemporary.”

An alumna of the Kornberg SOD and Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, Dr. Deem has been a member of the dental faculty since 1987. An Associate Professor of Dental Public Health Sciences, she has also served as Patient Assignments Coordinator and Director of Clinics before assuming her current position as Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs in 1996.


Dr. Wilson Appointed Vice Dean of the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

Margaret WilsonMargaret B. Wilson, D.D.S., M.B.A., Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Clinical Professor at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine (ECU SDM), has assumed the position of Vice Dean. In this role, Dr Wilson assumes broader responsibilities for ensuring the implementation of the school’s strategic objectives in association with the Dean.

Dr. Wilson joined the ECU SDM in 2009 and has played a key role in the school’s development, with responsibility for student recruitment, admission, retention and services. She also coordinates the ethics curriculum for the D.M.D. program. 

“Dr. Maggie Wilson’s leadership and experience in dental education, administration and private practice make her well suited for her new role,” says Greg Chadwick, D.D.S., M.S., Dean of the ECU SDM. “She sets the bar very high for herself and for everyone around her. She has been a tremendous asset in the establishment and growth of our school, and I look forward to working with her as our Vice Dean.”

Dr. Wilson joined ECU SDM from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UM SOD), where she was a full-time faculty member for 19 years. During her time at UM SOD, she served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She also served as Associate Dean for Professional Programs and Co-director of the Group Practice Simulation Demonstration Project, and directed the professionalism and professional dental ethics curriculum for students. 

Prior to joining UM SOD, Dr. Wilson was Director of Dental Services for the University Health Center at the University of Maryland at College Park. She was also in private dental practice in Fredericksburg, VA, for four years. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists and is active in several professional organizations. 

“Having the opportunity to join a school with such a clear mission of educating dental leaders who will serve in communities of need across North Carolina is incredible,” says Dr. Wilson. “Moreover, helping establish a new dental school is professionally and personally rewarding. I look forward to continuing to work with the faculty, students and staff of the School of Dental Medicine and community and university leaders as we continue to strive to fulfill the vision and mission of our school.”

Dr. Wilson earned a D.D.S. from the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981 and completed a general practice residency at University of Maryland Hospital in 1982. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park.


Dr. Turner to retire as Dean at the University of Kentucky 

Sharon Turner, D.D.S., J.D. has announced her retirement as Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry (UKCD). Dr. Turner served in the role of Dean of UKCD for over 10 years. She will remain in the position until her successor is in office.

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