Ann Arbor, MI — Dr. Laurie McCauley was named the new dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry last week. The announcement of her 5-year appointment was made by U-M Provost Philip Hanlon and approved by Regents at their meeting. She will succeed Dr. Peter Polverini who completes his second term on August 31.
McCauley is the first woman and the 13th person to be named dean since the School of Dentistry was founded in 1875.
“Professor McCauley is a seasoned academic administrator whose service to the School of Dentistry, the University and beyond is extensive,” Hanlon said. “She brings a unique blend of clinical experience, research achievement, pedagogical leadership, and administrative success to the position.”
McCauley is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics who previously chaired the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine (2002-2012), one of the School’s largest, with more than 180 faculty, staff, and graduate students. She is also a professor of pathology at the U-M Medical School. Since last fall she has been a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Source: University of Michigan