A Message From the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health
Sciences Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Marnie L. Oakley, D.M.D., Associate Professor of
Restorative Dentistry And Comprehensive Care, as Dean of the University of
Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM) and President of University
Dental Health Services (UDHS), effective Oct. 1. Throughout a distinguished
career spanning nearly three decades with the School, Dr. Oakley has
consistently excelled in positions of increasing leadership responsibility and
has helped to position Pitt SDM as one of the nation’s premier dental schools
while also improving the school’s capacity, efficiencies and excellence in the
critical mission areas of education, research, clinical care, equity, community
service and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Oakley has served as Interim Dean since September 2022,
a role she also held for several months in 2021. During her combined 15 months
leading the school, she has significantly increased research, educational and
revenue-generating opportunities across the organization, leveraging internal,
governmental and industry collaborations. She has recruited seven new,
high-caliber faculty via Pitt Health Sciences’ Race and Social Determinants of
Equity, Health and Well-Being Cluster Hire Initiative, including three
appointed to chair clinical departments. Dr. Oakley also oversaw nearly $9
million in clinical production in Pitt’s fiscal year 2023, the highest
historically for the school, and implemented a paid dental assistant
apprenticeship program to address the shortage of dental care professionals and
the lack of diversity in its workforce. Conducted in partnership with
Pittsburgh Public Schools, the program is funded through a PAsmart grant from
the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.
An enthusiastic “Pitt person,” Dr. Oakley earned her B.S. in
biology and her D.M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and began her
professional career serving an active duty, four-year tour as a dental officer
in the United States Navy. She joined Pitt SDM as a Clinical Instructor in the
Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology in 1996, while concurrently working
as a private practice dentist, and was appointed Assistant Professor in the
Division of Restorative Dental Sciences in 1999. In 2005, she was appointed Chair
of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care. Subsequent
promotions include Associate Professor (2012), Associate Dean for Clinical
Affairs (2011-2018), Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs
(2018-2021) and Vice Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (2021-22).
Dr. Oakley also holds an Executive Coaching Certificate from BerkeleyExecEd and
has lectured extensively on leadership topics.
I’d like to extend my special thanks to Tony Delitto, Ph.D.,
PT, Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, for leading the Search
Committee as well as all of its members for their service. Please join me in
wishing Dr. Oakley continued success at Pitt SDM.
Courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh
Published on October 11, 2023