School News

Dr. Todd Thierer

The University of Minnesota Provost’s Office has appointed Todd Thierer, D.M.D., M.P.H., to serve as acting dean of the School of Dentistry.

Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson announced the appointment on Wednesday, August 29, at a meeting with School of Dentistry staff and faculty. Thierer, whose term as acting dean became effective August 31, replaces the retiring Leon Assael, D.M.D. Thierer currently serves as associate professor and associate dean for clinical affairs.

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded the School of Dentistry an 18-month, $144,802 grant to improve access to and quality of oral health care for Minnesota's underserved, limited English proficiency population by developing oral health care providers' capability to work with trained interpreters.

Mobile Dental Clinic 1

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded the University of Minnesota Foundation (on behalf of the School of Dentistry) a grant of $1,000,000, payable over three years, to fund the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic.

Dean Leon Assael

Leon Assael, D.M.D., will retire as dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.  

Donor Impact Report

The School of Dentistry's list of donors for calendar year 2015 is now available as well as the first-ever Donor Impact Report. This annual publication highlights how gifts are being used at the School of Dentistry.

Graduation Outside Northrup Auditorium

Students, family, friends, faculty and staff gathered on May 13 to celebrate the accomplishments of our students at the School of Dentistry's 127th Commencement Ceremony held at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. A total of 177 candidates were recognized: Doctor of dental surgery (109); Advanced dentistry education and oral biology programs (38); Master of dental therapy (6); Master of science in dental hygiene (3); and Bachelor of science in dental hygiene (24).

Shelley Grimes, Scott McClanahan, Wei Zhang

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the University of Minnesota Board of Regents has recognized the varied and significant contributions of three School of Dentistry faculty members. The Regents approved promotions for the following individuals who were recognized at the University's Promotion and Tenure Reception on May 17 at McNamara Alumni Center. Our sincere congratulations to:

Kim Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a ‘can do’ and ‘will do' educator, clinician, researcher and volunteer whose commitment to professionalism serves as an example to those who know her.

A three-time graduate of the University of Minnesota, Johnson is an alumna of the School of Dentistry GDA, BS and Master’s degree programs in dental hygiene.

Jorge Perdigao named 2015 Century Club Professor of the Year

Jorge Perdigão, DMD, MS, PhD, was named the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry's 2015 Century Club Professor of the Year on April 29, 2015. The award is the school’s highest honor and is presented annually to one faculty member in recognition of outstanding service as a teacher and for significant contributions to the education, research and service mission of the school. The award was presented at the dental school's Celebrating Dentistry reception at the St.

Dr. Louis Sullivan visits the School of Dentistry

Dr. Louis B. Sullivan, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, visited the School of Dentistry on April 14 to meet with dental therapy students and educators and tour the school's team care clinic. The visit followed his testimony on April 13 before the North Dakota interim Health Services Committee about the importance of dental care and overall health, dentist workforce shortages in that state, and the licensure of dental therapists to enhance patient access to care.

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