Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., Receives ADEA Distinguished Service Award
WASHINGTON , DC-Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H.,
received the American Dental Education Association's (ADEA)
Distinguished Service Award on February 28, 2010, during the 2010
ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Washington, DC. Given by
the ADEA Board of Directors, this award recognizes significant
contributions to education, research, and ADEA.
During his 13-year tenure as ADEA Executive Director, Dr.
Valachovic has spearheaded the transformation of ADEA into an
association that embraces the full range of academic dental
institutions, including dental schools, allied dental education
programs, and advanced dental education programs. Under his
leadership, the Association has been completely redefined, from its
core values, strategic directions, policy statements, and member
services, to the membership itself.
"A visionary, an advocate, and a leader of dental education, Dr.
Richard W. Valachovic is a richly deserving recipient of the ADEA
Distinguished Service Award," said ADEA President Ronald J. Hunt,
D.D.S. "It was a pleasure to recognize Dr. Valachovic for his
continued contributions to dental education and higher education
and his achievements as ADEA Executive Director."
Key aspects of Dr. Valachovic's work were noted during
presentation of the award, such as his encouragement of academic
dentistry to come together and have an impact on Capitol Hill and
at the White House and his championing of the ADEA Commission on
Change and Innovation in Dental Education, which will help ensure
academic dental institutions educate dental professionals who are
best prepared for the undiscovered future of the 21st century.
The results of his mantra of "the relentless pursuit of
strategic alliances" were also described. Today the Association has
numerous alliances and fruitful collaborations with organizations
from higher education, government, health professions education,
health care practice communities, scientific research, and the
Dr. Valachovic received a B.S. degree from St. Lawrence
University, the D.M.D. degree from the University of Connecticut,
and the M.P.H. and M.Sc. (Health Policy and Management) degrees
from Harvard University. He completed postdoctoral programs in
pediatric dentistry and dental public health. He is also a board
certified oral and maxillofacial radiologist and a Past President
of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Prior
to joining the Association, Dr. Valachovic's career was as a
full-time educator and funded researcher at the University of
Connecticut and Harvard University.
About the American Dental Education
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of
dental education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental
schools and many allied and postdoctoral dental education programs,
corporations, faculty, and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead
individuals and institutions of the dental education community to
address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and
the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public.
ADEA's activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy,
faculty development, meetings, and communications like the esteemed
Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school
admissions services AADSAS and PASS.