CONTACT: C. LINDON LARSON
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: March 20, 2001
Johnsen named president-elect of national dental education
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David C. Johnsen, D.D.S., dean
of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, was named president-elect
of the American Dental Education Association at the organization's annual
meeting in Chicago, March 3-7.
The ADEA is the nation's leading organization of dental
schools and educators. Johnsen will serve as president-elect for one year
before becoming ADEA president in 2002.
"The ADEA and its members play an essential role in
addressing the important issues in dental education. I am honored and excited
to begin working on several of these key issues," Johnsen said.
"Election to this office is a reflection on the entire
College of Dentistry," he added. "During the process, many, many people expressed
their compliments about Iowa. All of us here at the college and the UI should
share in the moment."
Johnsen has served as dean and professor of pediatric
and preventive dentistry at the UI College of Dentistry since 1995. He received
his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Michigan and completed
a master's degree in pediatric dentistry at the UI in 1973. He served on the
dental faculties at West Virginia University and Case Western Reserve University
before joining the UI.
Johnsen has held a long list of professional memberships,
appointments and editorships, including service with the ADEA, the American
Dental Association, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
and other local, state and national groups. He recently has served on the
ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee and the HHS review committee for the "Oral
Health in America: A Report from the Surgeon General."
The ADEA -- formerly the American Association of Dental
Schools -- is the national representative of dental education. Its more than
3,000 members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools, as well as hospital-based
dental programs, allied dental schools, research institutions, and their faculty
and students. The organization supports all aspects of academic dentistry,
including research, demonstration programs, advances in educational methodology,
information technology, patient care, faculty development and advocacy.