John N. Williams, DMD, MBA

John N. Williams, DMD, MBA
John N. Williams, DMD, MBA

IU School of Dentistry

Contact Info

Phone (317) 274-7461
Fax (317) 274-7188        

Office Address

Indiana University School of Dentistry
1121 W. Michigan Street, Room 104
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5186


Dr. John N. Williams serves as the Dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry a position he has held since June  2010.  Prior to this time, he served as dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry (2005-2010) and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry (1999-2005).  Dr. Williams previously served as Associate Dean for Educational Programs at Louisville for over seven years. Dr. Williams served concurrently in the Office of the Provost, University of Louisville (1988-91) as an Assistant University Provost. 


He is a 1974 graduate of Transylvania University (Lexington, KY) and a graduate of the University Of Louisville School of Dentistry (1980).  Prior to entering dental school, he served as a Legislative Analyst (1974-76) for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.


Upon graduation from dental school, he entered private general dental practice and served part-time positions at the Louisville Memorial Primary Care Center (FQHC) and at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. He completed his MBA degree in 1987.  In 1986, he joined the Department of Community Dentistry at the University of Louisville. He served as co-principal investigator of the 1987 statewide oral health survey.  This first statewide study served as the basis for important oral health policy decisions including workforce planning and public outreach programs for Kentucky.


Over the past 25 years in academics, he has written and made presentations to dental practitioners and educators on dental practice management, the application and use of computers and information technology to improve patient care and instruction and educational policy.  In 1995-97, he lead the development of a new high-technology simulation clinic at the U of L dental school which uses computer technology to improve the preparation of dental students in patient care.  He maintains academic interests in health and educational policy, dental workforce issues and instructional technologies


Nationally, he currently serves as the Vice President for Deans of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and in addition has served as a Vice President, Council of Sections, and two terms as a member of the ADEA Board of Directors.  Dr. Williams also serves as an active Consultant and Commissioner (4 year term) for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is a past member of the ADA/AADS Liaison Committee on Surveys and Reports.  Dr. Williams is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dental Delta Plans of Kentucky, Board of Trustees of Transylvania University and serves as a board member of the Procter and Gamble Global Advisory Committee.  He and his wife, Lucy, were the 2009 recipients of individual Morrison Medallions from Transylvania University for their commitment to advancing liberal arts education. In 2010, Dr. Williams was named an Alumni Fellow by the University of Louisville in recognition of his many professional achievements.  Dr. Williams enjoys boating and outdoor activities in Canada and Florida as well as on the Ohio River.