University names Judith Buchanan interim dean of School of Dentistry
(07/27/2011) —Judith Buchanan, a professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, has been appointed interim dean of the school. She will assume the post Aug. 1, when current dean Patrick Lloyd ends his tenure. The appointment was made by Tom Sullivan, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, based on extensive consultation with the Dental School community and with university President Eric Kaler.
Dr. Buchanan, who was recruited to the School of Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she was academic dean from 1997 to 2005, is an expert in dental accreditation and virtual technology and curricula. She received a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Texas in 1977. She received her DMD in 1980 from the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, graduating first in her class.
She served for 22 years in the military (in the National Guard and Army reserves) and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the National Guard. In 2003, she was deployed to run dental clinics in Bosnia and Germany.
“We have every confidence Dr. Buchanan will be an exceptional interim dean” said Sullivan. “We know she and the School of Dentistry are dedicated to serving the people of the state of Minnesota, and beyond. With her unique blend of experience, accreditation expertise and curriculum knowledge she will continue the positive momentum of the School of Dentistry.”
A university search committee will be appointed soon to recommend candidates for the permanent replacement for Lloyd, who announced earlier this year that he was leaving the school after seven years of service as dean of the School of Dentistry to take a comparable position at Ohio State University.