UF dental college dean to leave post at end of school year

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.

Dr. Teresa A. Dolan announced on Thursday that she is stepping down as dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, a position she has held for 10 years.

She will relinquish the post at the end of the current academic year.

Dr. Boyd Robinson, associate dean for Clinical Affairs and interim chair of the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, will serve as interim dean, according to a news release. A national search for a successor to Dolan will begin shortly.

"I am so grateful for the honor of sharing your amazing accomplishments during the previous 10 years as your dean, and for a total of 24 years as a College of Dentistry faculty," Dolan said in a message to the school faculty and staff.

"It is very difficult to say goodbye to so many wonderful people who have been so important to me on both a personal and professional level. But I have decided to step down as dean to pursue another exciting professional opportunity at the end of this academic year," she said.

Dolan has been on the college's faculty since 1989. She previously served as an associate director of a joint medicine and dentistry Geriatric Fellowship Program, and as the associate dean for education. She was appointed interim dean in 2002 and dean in 2003.

During the past decade, the college has remained in the top 10 of all U.S. dental schools for National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research support and is an internationally recognized leader in basic, translational and clinical oral health research.

The college, an established national leader in oral health research, is also noted for its Doctor of Dental Medicine, graduate and dental specialty academic programs, according to the release. The school also has a strong commitment to improving oral health and access to dental care in Alachua County and throughout Florida.

Dolan helped develop UF into the third-largest "feeder school" for dental candidates to all universities in the U.S. The college participates in recruitment and outreach efforts throughout the Southeast and has developed a Summer of Learning program to help recruit disadvantaged students to the dental profession.

After spending a month with her family on a long-anticipated trip to Austria to visit her mother's birthplace, Dolan will transition into a new professional opportunity as DENTSPLY's vice president and chief clinical officer on July 31.

In her new role, Dolan will provide strategic direction for global DENTSPLY professional education activities and will be working with businesses to support their clinical initiatives.

"It's like being a dean with more of a global focus. It's just a wonderful professional opportunity for me," Dolan said in an interview. "At the same time, I have mixed emotions because I have loved being at UF."

Dolan and her husband, Stan, will be moving to York, Pa., where DENTSPLY is based. Her daughter Tori will attend college in the fall.

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