The University of Florida College of Dentistry announced several administrative transitions.
Effective February 12, 2015, Frank Catalanotto, D.M.D., is stepping down as chair of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science after serving in that role for just over five years. Frank, a professor, joined the college in 1995 and has served in a variety of capacities within the college. He took over as chair of the department in May 2009.
“As chair, Frank has demonstrated his tireless commitment to advancing the goals of the department and its faculty, as well as consistently working as an advocate for public oral health at the local and national levels,” said Boyd. E. Robinson, D.D.S., M.Ed., interim dean of the college.
In July 2011, Catalanotto was was named a senior faculty member by UF President Bernie Machen.
Taking over as interim chair of the department is Professor Scott Tomar, D.M.D., M.P.H., Dr.PH., who has served as department chair in the past.
“I really appreciate his willingness to step into that role for us again during the transition until a permanent chair can be appointed,” Robinson said.
Today was Robinson’s last day with the college. He is retiring and has been named a dean emeritus. Beginning January 16, 2015, Robert Burne, Ph.D., will serve as interim dean until Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H, begins her appointment as dean on February 16, 2015. Burne, a distinguished professor, is associate dean for research and chair of the Department of Oral Biology.
“It has been an amazing 12 years at the college for me. It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to be a part of this great university and our first-class dental school. Thank you all so much for your support, wisdom, sense of humor and commitment to excellence in dental education over the years,” Robinson said.