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A 1979 alumnus of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine (CWRU SDM) has been tapped to become its next dean on July 1. Kenneth B. Chance, Sr., D.D.S., a Professor and Chief of Endodontics at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry (UKCD), will succeed longtime dental school leader Jerold S. Goldberg, D.D.S. Dr. Chance will be the first African-American Dean of the dental school.
“I am excited and honored by the opportunity to return to this campus at a pivotal time for the school and for health care nationally,” Dr. Chance says. “Jerry’s tenure has been transformative, and I look forward to building on his legacy and accelerating our momentum.”
Dr. Chance earned his undergraduate degree at Fordham University. After earning his D.D.S. at CWRU SDM, he completed a general practice residency at Jamaica Hospital in Jamaica, NY, followed by an endodontic postgraduate residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (UMDNJ, now known as Rutgers School of Dental Medicine).
In 1997, Dr. Chance became Dean of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, TN. From there, he went to UKCD, where he won awards for teaching and also advised the school’s chapter of the Student National Dental Association. He has been active in faculty development and interprofessional education initiatives at Kentucky after earlier leading extensive efforts at UMDNJ to engage minority students in the pursuit of dentistry.
“Professor Chance’s breadth of experience and dedication to dental education and research deeply impressed the search committee,” says Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder. “He cares deeply for individual patients and students…and understands the vital importance of systemic approaches to improvement within dental schools and across health care itself.”
“Ken brings a unique perspective regarding Case Western Reserve and changing perspectives regarding the critical role dentists can play within health care,” says Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack, III. “In addition, his range of leadership positions gives him unique insight regarding ways to engage communities in self-reflection, collaboration and ambitious improvement.”
Dr. Chance has received more than 60 awards, citations and special recognitions, including Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Dentistry, fellowships in the American and International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.
He also has received multiple honors from Case Western Reserve’s dental school, including the Paul P. Sherwood Award for Excellence in Endodontics in 1979, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2004, Appreciation and Recognition of Commitment in 2011 and Discovering the Future of Dental Medicine Award in 2012.