Administrative Transition Complete at IU Dental School

John N. Williams Jr., D.M.D., M.B.A., former dental dean at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill, began his new appointment as dean of Indiana University School of Dentistry on June 15, 2010. He is the ninth person to hold the position in the 131-year history of Indiana’s dental school. (The Indiana Dental College, established in 1879, became part of IU in 1925.)

Williams follows Lawrence I. Goldblatt, D.D.S., M.S.D., as IU’s dean of dentistry. After nearly 14 years in the position Goldblatt resigned at the age of 65, as required by the university. After a one-year administrative leave, he will return to the school’s full-time faculty as a professor of oral pathology.

A dental graduate of Georgetown University, Goldblatt first came to IU in the 1970s to pursue a master’s degree in oral pathology. He served on IU’s faculty and in other administrative dental school posts for the next 20 years, leaving in 1994 to become dean at Case Western Reserve University. He returned to IU to accept the deanship in 1997.

Prior to joining UNC’s faculty as dean in 2005, Williams served on the dental faculty at the University of Louisville for nearly two decades, and as dean of Louisville’s dental school from 1999 to 2005. He earned both his dental and business degrees from the University of Louisville. The Tennessee-born Williams has childhood ties to the Hoosier state, having lived in New Castle, Anderson, and Connersville in the 1960s.

Williams is currently Vice President for Deans of the American Dental Education Association, a position held by Goldblatt from 2003 to 2006.

Additional biographical details about Dean Williams are available at this link:Meet the Dean

June 15, 2010