Dr. Connie L. Drisko, former Dean of the College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Regents University and a well-known and highly respected dental educator, researcher, and administrator, died Sunday, June 22, at Georgia Regents Medical Center after battling acute myelogenous leukemia.
Dr. Drisko became the college’s third dean in 2003. During her tenure as Dean and Merritt Professor, she oversaw construction of a new clinical facility, one of the largest of its kind in the country, which opened in 2011.
Under her leadership, the college twice received full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
She has held many leadership positions during her distinguished career, including serving as Chairman and Professor of the Department of Periodontology, Endodontics and Dental Hygiene and Associate Dean of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. A Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, she has served both as a Director and Chairperson of this dental specialty Board. She was also a member of the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.
Recently Dr. Drisko, along with her husband, Dr. Richard Drisko established the
ADEA/ADEAGies Foundation Drs. Connie L. and Richard R. Drisko Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute, for which she was a longtime mentor and adviser. She was a Trustee of the ADEAGies Foundation and the Chair of the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee.
A memorial service for friends and extended family is being planned for September. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in her memory to:
Georgia Health Sciences Foundation
1120 15th Street, FI-1000
Augusta, GA 30912
Funds will be used to support the College of Dental Medicine's pediatric dentistry outreach programs and other efforts related to the oral health needs of children. Cards of sympathy and encouragement can be sent to Richard at their home address:
Dr. Richard Drisko
3537 Stevens Way
Augusta, GA 30907