Keith A. Mays named School of Dentistry interim dean

Keith A. Mays, PhD, DDS, MS, was appointed interim dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, effective May 15, for an expected two-year term.

Mays will step into the dean’s role from his current position as associate dean for Academic Affairs, which he has held since joining the school in 2015. He replaces current dean, Gary C. Anderson, DDS, MS, who will remain in his role as professor in the school’s Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences.

“Dr. Mays has overseen the School of Dentistry’s educational programs and worked to advance excellence in all dental disciplines, especially focusing on patient care, curriculum, teaching, faculty development and student support,” said U of M Provost Karen Hanson, who announced the appointment on March 16. “I am confident his academic leadership and governance experience within the school, and deep relationships within and beyond the school, will contribute to the school’s success.”

Previously, Mays served as division director of Prosthodontics at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. He also served as assistant director of the University of Maryland General Practice Residency Program. His academic career includes teaching in preclinical and clinical prosthodontics, student mentoring and advising, and private faculty practice.

Mays earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and a Master of Science and Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Morgan State University and earned a PhD at the University of Maryland. Mays has served as a member of the American Dental Education Association board of directors and has held numerous leadership roles with ADEA and the National Dental Association.

“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve in this leadership capacity,” Mays said. “The School of Dentistry, like so many other healthcare organizations, is actively responding to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I have seen our school manage some very challenging decisions and situations. I believe that we have some great faculty, staff and students. I am proud of their efforts and know that we can meet any challenge that lies before us.” 

Provost Hanson said a formal dean search process will commence in 18 months.

Keith A. Mays, DDS, MS, PhD
Keith A. Mays, DDS, MS, PhD