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Dr. Leo Rouse to Retire as Dean of HU COD

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Dean Rouse 400pxLeo E. Rouse, D.D.S., FACD, whose leadership and vision as Dean have been the guiding forces for the Howard University College of Dentistry (HU COD) for the past decade, has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2015. Howard University has engaged Harris Search Associates to assist in completing a national search to find a successor.

A Howard University alumnus, Dr. Rouse has often credited Howard for providing nourishment, support, mentorship and leadership in his development as a student, professional, faculty member and administrator.

“On a personal note, Dr. Rouse has epitomized professionalism,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., M.B.A., FACS. “Among his colleagues, Dr. Rouse has provided leadership and guidance. I’ve been the beneficiary of his counsel, for which I remain grateful.”

Dr. Rouse is widely esteemed as the first African American to serve as President of ADEA. Dr. Rouse also chaired the ADEA Council of Deans and served as one of the four ADEA commissioners on the Commission of Dental Accreditation. In 2009, he was awarded an ADEA Presidential Citation for distinguished service to the Association and dedication to the advancement of the dental education community. He also received the 2011 Legend Award from the National Dental Association. 

Prior to his 2004 appointment as Dean, Dr. Rouse served as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chair of the Department of Clinical Dentistry. Before entering academia, he served in the U.S. Army for 24 years. He concluded his military career at the rank of Colonel as Commander and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Army Dental Command, commanding the Army Dental Corps worldwide.

Dr. Rouse holds a B.S. and D.D.S. degree from the Howard University College of Liberal Arts and HU COD. In 2014, Dr. Rouse was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree from the Western University of Health Sciences. In 1997, he received the Howard University College of Dentistry Alumni Achievement Award for distinguished service to the nation and the profession of dentistry.

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