UNMC College of Dentistry names new dean
April 21, 2014
.—The College of Dentistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center named Dr. Janet Guthmiller as its new dean, effective Sept. 1, pending formal approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on May 16.
Dr. Guthmiller is currently the associate dean of academic affairs and professor in the department of periodontology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She will succeed Dr. John Reinhardt who is stepping down after 14 years as UNMC's dentistry dean, according to the April 14 announcement.
"Dr. Guthmiller brings a wealth of experience as a dental educator and researcher," said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. "She possesses the leadership qualities we need to build on the reputation and accomplishments of the College of Dentistry."
Prior to her current position, Dr. Guthmiller served on the faculty of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (now the University of Maryland School of Dentistry) and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She has been the associate dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2007.
Dr. Guthmiller is also an accomplished researcher, author and teacher with special interests in genetic studies of periodontal bacteria and the expression and activity of innate antimicrobial peptides. During her time in academia, she spent 14 years as a practicing periodontist.
Dr. Guthmiller said she plans to partner with dental students, faculty, staff and alumni and friends of the dental school, as well as UNMC's other colleges, on initiatives that will benefit Nebraskans.
"As a statewide campus, UNMC has a mission not only in education, research and clinical care, but also in service," she said. "I look forward to seeing how the college can work and collaborate to help identify and address oral health needs throughout Nebraska and beyond."