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Release: March 20, 2001

Johnsen named president-elect of national dental education organization

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.