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Position Description

commencement-2012-35The Position

The University of Florida seeks a transformational leader to serve as Dean of the College of Dentistry. The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the College of Dentistry, and is
responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan that achieves excellence in patient care, teaching, research and service. The Dean will develop a collegial environment and will
recognize the importance of consensus building,inter-disciplinary and inter-professional collaboration, and external funding while defining the College of Dentistry and its role in the broader
mission of the university and health science center.

University of FloridaAbout the University

The University of Florida is the only Florida university that is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the association of North America’s 61 premiere research universities. With 16 colleges, two academic health centers, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (including the state-wide Agricultural Extension Service) and more than 150 research centers and institutes, UF is one of the most comprehensive academic research institutions in the nation. Governance UF is governed by a broadly empowered 13-member Board of Trustees. The university is part of the State University System of Florida, which is overseen by the Florida Board of Governors, a constitutional body, and is composed of 12 universities of varying sizes and missions. The university is committed to shared governance, with faculty members represented through a 150-member Faculty Senate and each college having a college council. The President of the Faculty Senate serves as a member of the UF Board of Trustees.

Land Grant Mission

In 2012, the nation’s 74 land-grant universities celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, the law creating the land-grant universities signed by President Abraham Lincoln. UF is onealligator
of only six comprehensive public land-grant universities with colleges of Medicine, Law, Engineering, Agricultural and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine on one campus. This comprehensiveness empowers the university to assemble first-rate faculty from many disciplines to collaboratively research and teach about the most vexing and important issues facing society and planet today. UF is also a sea-grant and space-grant institution.
UF’s land-grant mission has critical state, national and international educational, research and economic impacts in a wide range of disciplines. The mission encompasses undergraduate and graduate education, basic and applied research, and life-long education via the cooperative extension service. It promotes excellence in multidisciplinary problem-solving around important science, health, energy, agriculture, natural resources, veterinary medicine and public policy issues. In 1964, Florida’s governing body for higher education created the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) to partner with the federal government, the State of Florida and all 67 Florida counties to provide expertise, research and extension services. IFAS is dedicated to the continued vitality of UF’s land-grant mission by generating and sharing new knowledge in agriculture, environmental and life sciences, as well as human and natural resources.
That information is made accessible to all Floridians where they reside – and used to enhance the quality of life and serve the greatest needs of society in the state, nation and world.

Health Affairs Endeavor

UF Health (formerly UF&Shands), the University of Florida Academic Health Center, is a collaboration of the six colleges of the University’s Health Science Center (HSC) – Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health and Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine – and the University’s affiliated private, tax-exempt teaching hospitals, UF Health Shands in Gainesville and UF Health Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. Overall, UF Health employs 22,000 faculty and staff and has an annual operating budget of $2.8 billion.Resident and patient in the pediatric residency program
The UF Academic Health Center is a world leader in interdisciplinary research, generating 56 percent of UF’s total research awards, or more than $361 million last year, toward improving the quality of life and health of both people and animals. Six major health-related research centers and institutes create synergies and collaborative research opportunities. Research activities at the UF Academic Health Center focus on the translational nature of biomedical research, following the continuum from fundamental research to clinical application to community health. The UF Academic Health Center also houses UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute in the brand new Clinical and Translational Science Building, with a mission is to improve human health by accelerating the translation of scientific discoveries into practical applications and practices for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of human diseases.

The UF Academic Health Center and its faculty provide excellent training and education for future health professionals as well as exceptional patient care, serving patients throughout
Florida and the Southeastern United States through a broad spectrum of specialties. The colleges teach the full continuum of higher education from undergraduates to professional
students to postdoctoral students, enrolling more than 6,000 students each year. UF’s health affairs research and educational enterprise extends across the nation and around the globe.

The UF Health Vision

UF Health is a nationally unique collaboration between the colleges, centers and institutes of the University of Florida Health Science Center and the Shands HealthCare hospital system.

We strive to create unstoppable momentum toward the goal of improving individual and community health through discovery, clinical and translational science and technology, exceptional education, and patient-centered, innovative, high-quality health care.

UF Health Strategic Plan & Priorities

Five-year goals
1. Achieve national leadership in clinical and basic science research.
2. Become a national model for education in the health sciences health professions and in health-care delivery.
3. Enhance growth of the academic health center by building on the state’s investment, through the creation of additional revenue streams in support of the institutional missions.
4. Achieve quantified, high-bar targets for specified metrics in:
  • a. Patient-care quality and safety
  • b. Federal research funding
  • c. Educational quality and diversity
  • d. Community health, including reduction in health disparities
  • e. Faculty recruitment and retention, including diversity
  • f. Market share
  • g. Financial margins

Campus Setting

The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, Florida, the largest city and county seat of Alachua County. Gainesville, population 117,000, is one of the state’s primary centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics:
  • Money magazine, Frommer’s and Forbes are just a few of the magazines that have named Gainesville the top city in the nation for livability.
  • Alachua County has the youngest population in Florida, median age 23. Nearly half the population holds a bachelor’s degree.
  • The county’s public schools are among the best in Florida; some rank among the best in the nation: four of the high schools are on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best High Schools, with Eastside in the top 20 nationally for its International Baccalaureate program for academic stand-outs who go on to the top colleges in the nation.
The community offers the artistic, musical, theatrical and dance offerings of a much larger metropolitan area, from the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra to the Dance Alive National Ballet. The UF Cultural Plaza is home to the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and its new Asian art wing; the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; and the Florida Museum of Natural History with its permanent Butterfly Rainforest exhibit — an enormous, screened vivarium with hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Downtown is vibrant day and night, a mix of beautiful historic buildings such as the Hippodrome State Theatre and mixed-use residences atop restaurants, retail shops, bars and coffee houses.
Local food enthusiasts pack the farmer’s market downtown every Wednesday afternoon and often stay on for music at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The University of Florida and UF Health Shands Hospital are the leading employers in Gainesville and provide jobs for many residents of surrounding counties. Florida does not impose a state income tax.

D.M.D. student in the sim labCollege of Dentistry

Established in 1972, the University of Florida College of Dentistry is the only publicly-funded dental school in the state and ranks as a national leader in dental education, research and community service. The college is housed in the Dental Sciences Building located on the UF Health Science Center campus. It is one of six colleges at the UF Health Science Center and is dedicated to high-quality programs of education, research, patient care and public service. The college educates the state’s future dentists and dental specialists through 16 degree and certificate programs. Each year the college admits a new class of 80-90 D.M.D. students who are among the top pre-dental students in the nation. Students’ performance on standardized examinations is a benchmark of the quality of their academic programs. In June 2011, the college’s Class of 2013 achieved an outstanding 100% first time pass rate on Part One of the National Board Dental Exams. The college is nationally recognized for its oral health research, emphasizing infectious diseases in dentistry, bone biology, pain and neurosciences, and translational research to improve clinical and dental care. We anticipate building on this reputation by recruitment of mid-career, top-notch basic scientists to achieve excellence in areas of established strength in the college while more closely aligning the college with key initiatives within the university and Health Science Center. These initiatives include genomics of infectious diseases, immunology, autoimmunity, biostatistics, cancer epidemiology and prevention, cell biology/cell signaling, and pain and neurosciences. We will also strive to recruit magnet investigators and junior investigators to provide a nucleus of clinical and translational researchers in areas where we presently have complementary strengths.


The College of Dentistry Department of Oral Biology is one of the top ranked in the U.S. based on National Institutes of Health research funding among similar departments. The oral biology faculty includesChan-research national leaders in oral infectious diseases and immunology research. The college is one of seven institutions awarded a portion of a $67 million seven-year grant to create a national research network of dentists and dental hygienists. The network brings together three regional networks that were created in 2005. The college has been involved in the project since its inception.

Patient Care

College of Dentistry faculty provide dental care for a wide range of patients in a professional dental environment, often through supervision of DMD students. Through the University of Florida Statewide Network for Community Oral Health, the college provides affordable, high-quality dental care for a large number of low-income adults and children in Florida. The NCEF Pediatric Dental Center, in Naples on the Collier County campus of Edison College, opened in December 2008. The center, funded by gifts and matching state funds, provides increased access to care for pediatric patients and enlarges the pediatric dentistry residency program.

UF College of Dentistry Vision

The vision of the UF College of Dentistry is to be an internationally recognized dental school known for highest quality dental care, an innovative educational program, commitment to
cultural diversity, discovery, transfer of scientific knowledge, the superior skills of the graduates, and the highest degree of service.

UF College of Dentistry Mission

The mission of the College of Dentistry is to achieve excellence in the art and science of dentistry through patient care, teaching, research, and service:
  • To develop outstanding clinical,research and teaching professionals committed to lifelong learning.
  • To provide and promote excellent patient care and community service.
  • To discover, disseminate and apply knowledge in the oral health sciences.
  • To foster an environment that promotes communication, cultural diversity, and internationalization and ensures further alignment of the College with the vision and mission of the University of Florida.

UF College of Dentistry Values

The following values help the College of Dentistry achieve its vision and mission:
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Courtesy
  • Continuous Improvement

The Position

The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the College of Dentistry who provides leadership and vision for the development and implementation of the College’s strategic future.

In those roles, the Dean has overall responsibilities for developing an effective collegial environment and plan that support excellence in patient care, teaching, research and service

More specifically, the Dean oversees student admissions and services; curriculum development and implementation evaluates faculty and staff; develops and allocates the budget; represents
the College in campus decision-making processes; oversees College-based research and outreach centers; and engages in fund- and friend-raising in support of opportunities to grow the
College’s reputation, resources, and impact. In addition, the Dean is responsible for maintaining strong working relationships within the larger university and with alumni, external partners, the
academic and philanthropic communities, and other key stakeholders.
The dean of the College of Dentistry reports to the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, who is responsible for the health science colleges and hospitals of UF Health and who reports directly to the UF President. The Dean also works with the UF Provost in matters pertaining to the state budget for the College of Dentistry, for faculty promotion and tenure and other matters of faculty affairs, and other aspects of the college that are rooted in university-wide academic policies.

Required Qualifications

DMD or DDS preferred; terminal degree required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A track record of leadership in clinical care, education, research, and administration.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to listen and understand the needs of faculty, staff, and students; the ability to build strong relationships with internal constituents.
  • Demonstrated success in enhancing and advancing patient care, education and research programs.
  • Demonstrated success in securing private, corporate, or governmental support to advance the college’s missions.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and leading a complex organization undergoing change.Effective decision making skills
  • Solid understanding of dentistry clinical practice, procedures and scheduling


The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicant Review

Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by
February 21, 2014.

How to Apply

A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; current curriculum vitae; and the names of five references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers, and email addresses. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting the University of Florida in the search.
Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:
Jan Greenwood,Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Crystal Cheatham, Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax:850-650-2272
This search is being conducted under Florida law, including the Sunshine law and public records law.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-4277 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD). The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employee.