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Transition at Dental Medicine
July 15, 2008, Volume 55, No. 1

Last month, President Amy Gutmann and Provost Ronald Daniels announced that Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat would be stepping down as dean of the School of Dental Medicine as of this July 1. They thanked Dr. Jeffcoat for her dedicated service for the past five years and noted that her tenure as Dean has been marked by “the School’s outstanding success on many fronts. Under her leadership, the School has been strengthened financially and academically in many ways. Among her most significant accomplishments, the School’s graduate scores and rank on regional examinations have risen to an all-time high; long-standing debt and annual deficits have been erased and reversed; distinguished faculty have been recruited to fill key positions that had been vacant for a decade; the School passed its 2007 accreditation with high praise from the accreditation team; and in a time of shrinking NIH budgets, the School’s research portfolio has actually broadened.”

Dr. Gutmann added, “The University and the School are grateful for Dean Jeffcoat’s strong leadership and many contributions.” Dr. Jeffcoat will return to the department of periodontics as a tenured faculty member where she will continue her ongoing research, teaching, and public service activities.

Dr. Thomas Sollecito, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of oral medicine,  has agreed to serve as interim dean of Dental Medicine until a successor for Dr. Jeffcoat has been found. Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, EVP for UPHS and dean of the School of Medicine, has agreed to chair the search committee.


Almanac - July 15, 2008, Volume 55, No. 1