ADEA Announces 2023-24 Fellows of Its Inaugural Council of Deans Fellowship

June 20, 2023—ADEA is pleased to announce the inaugural class of the ADEA Council of Deans Fellowship (ADEA CDF), a new leadership development program that launched in May.

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The ADEA CDF is a year-long, part-time fellowship aimed at creating a diverse pipeline of future leaders who will assume roles as dental school deans and other senior university leadership positions. The ADEA CDF will increase the number of qualified candidates for deanships and equip them with the skills and experiences to help them succeed. ADEA CDF Fellows will engage in formal leadership development programming (both on site and online), engage with a mentor and peer group, visit two dental schools for up to one week each, and complete a career development plan along with a capstone project individually designed to enhance their potential for senior leadership.

ADEA received 33 applications, from which 10 were selected for interview consideration. Of those 10 candidates, seven attended online interviews and four were selected after multiple reviews in a process that simulated the application for a dean position at a dental school.

2023-24 Fellows

Carlo Ercoli, D.D.S.

Dr. Ercoli is Professor and Chair of the Prosthodontics Postgraduate Training Program at the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health and a faculty member of the periodontology program. He graduated in 1987 from the “Enrico Berlinguer” Dental Technology Institute in Rome and obtained his D.D.S. from the University of Siena, Italy in 1993. In 1996 he specialized in prosthodontics at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, NY, and completed a specialty training in Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Disorders in 1997. In 2012, he achieved specialty certification in periodontology. In 2019, he obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester Simon Business School.

Bruno Jham, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Jham is Professor with tenure at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, where he has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since 2014. Originally trained in Brazil, he received a D.D.S. from Federal University of Diamantina in 2001, later completing a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Ph.D. in Oral and Experimental Pathology from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He achieved Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in 2012. As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, he is responsible for the D.M.D. curriculum oversight. Dr. Jham has chaired the ADEA Annual Session Program Committee, served as a CODA curriculum site visitor and as Associate Consulting Editor for JADA+ Specialty Scan.

Sang E. Park, D.D.S., M.M.Sc.
Dr. Park received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from New York University in 1994 and her D.D.S. from the NYU College of Dentistry in 1998. She then came to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), where she received an M.M.Sc. in Oral Biology and a Certificate in Prosthodontics. She has been a faculty member at HSDM since 2001. As Associate Dean for Dental Education, she leads the Office of Dental Education, which includes administrative functions of predoctoral and advanced graduate education. In this role, she oversees operations of the Office for Dental Education, including admissions, student affairs, the registrar, financial aid and academic advising.

Andres Pinto, D.M.D.
Dr. Pinto is a senior academic and health care professional with 24 years of experience in clinical care, research and administration. He is past President of the American Academy of Oral Medicine, where he directed the design and approval of the first strategic plan in two decades. He is also Professor with tenure, Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine (CWRU SDM). He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Otolaryngology and the CWRU School of Medicine and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The ADEA CDF Program Director is Dean Emeritus Steven Friedrichsen, D.D.S., of Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine. Coaches are Ann Boyle, D.M.D., M.A., of A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health; and John Williams, D.M.D., M.B.A., of Indiana University School of Dentistry. Drs. Boyle and Williams have served in multiple leadership roles in dental education and university administration. ADEA is excited to launch this program and looks forward to graduating the first cohort and welcoming the 2024–25 cohort at the 2024 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA.

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our members include all 80 accredited U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 55 corporations and approximately 15,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®