Dodge named Dental School dean
Dr. Dodge holds the rank of professor with tenure in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. He joined the Health Science Center in 1978 after five years as a successful general dentist in San Antonio and two years as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. During his tenure, he served as vice dean of the Dental School since 2004 and associate dean for patient care from 1996 through 2003.
Dr. Dodge served as dean ad interim since June 2012 while former Dean Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., was president ad interim throughout President William L. Henrich’s, M.D., MACP, medical leave. Dr. Kalkwarf, who held the dental deanship for 24 years, has been appointed as special assistant to the president and plans to retire this summer.
“Dr. Dodge is highly regarded nationwide by his colleagues in academic dentistry for his expertise in matters of accreditation of dental programs, competency assessment, evidence-based clinical education and financing of dental education,” Dr. Henrich said. “His goal, shared by me and the faculty, is that the school be regarded as the finest dental school in our country. I have complete confidence that
Dr. Dodge will lead the school in an exemplary manner in the years to come.”
Dr. Dodge and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Rhett and Ryan.
The Dental Dean Search Committee, which was led by Eileen Breslin, Ph.D., RN, dean of the School of Nursing, identified many outstanding candidates for this role before selecting Dr. Dodge as the Dental School’s fifth dean.