IU dental school congratulates Jeffrey Dean on his appointment as IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz's new chief of staff

Dr. Jeffrey A. Dean
Dr. Jeffrey A. Dean

Indiana University School of Dentistry professor and administrator Jeffrey A. Dean has taken his long record of distinguished service to the university a significant step further by accepting an appointment as new chief of staff for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor and IU Executive Vice President Charles R. Bantz.

The half-time appointment, effective July 1, was announced in this June 26 IU Communications news release.

In accepting the advisory position, Dean is stepping down from his roles as the School of Dentistry’s executive associate dean and associate dean for faculty affairs, but he will continue to serve both the school and IU Health’s Riley Hospital for Children as a teacher and scholar. He
will also maintain his part-time pediatric dentistry and orthodontic practice in Indianapolis and fulfill the remaining three years of his commitment to the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry as its executive director.

“Jeff’s new appointment represents an exciting challenge for him professionally, and one that he is abundantly qualified to meet,” said John N. Williams, IU’s dean of dentistry. “It’s an honor for the dental school to have one of its leading educators serve the IUPUI administration in this capacity. During the past three years, Jeff has been key to the dental school’s development of a strategic mission that embraces and complements the missions of the campus and the university. IUPUI will benefit, as the dental school long has, from Jeff’s leadership acumen, enthusiasm for team-driven projects, and abiding interest in the continual growth and evolvement of the campus and the dental school.”

“While serving the university in this capacity certainly wasn’t on my radar screen, I consider it an honor to have had the Chancellor ask me to consider it,” said Dean. “After careful thought regarding the role of the chief of staff and my ability to fulfill the duties, I’m excited to accept the opportunities and challenges it will present. Along with other areas of experience I’ve had over the years, I hope my academic health center background will prove especially useful.”

Dean’s 28-year career at the IU dental school has included past appointments as director of Pediatric Dentistry’s advanced specialty education program and chair of the former Oral Facial Development department housing orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral facial genetics, and craniofacial anomalies.

In the international dental education community, Dean is perhaps best known for his editorial contributions to the highly acclaimed 44-year-old textbook McDonald and Avery’s Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent, which is the longest running pediatric dentistry textbook in the U.S. and is believed to also hold that record worldwide. Dean joined original editor Ralph E. McDonald and McDonald’s longtime co-editor, David R. Avery, both IU emeritus professors today, for preparation of the eighth edition in 2004, and he continues to work as lead editor with
McDonald and Avery on edition 10.

He has been certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry for nearly two decades and of the American Board of Orthodontics since 2004. He is a past president of both the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and its College of Diplomates. In June 2013, he earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential through the American Society of Association Executive’s CAE Commission.

June 28, 2013