UofL dental school dean to step down
May 05, 2015
. — The University of Louisville School of Dentistry announced that Dr. John Sauk is stepping down as dean on Dec. 31.
Dr. Sauk, who has served as dean since 2007, will rejoin the faculty as a professor in the Department of Surgical and Hospital Dentistry.
"It has been a privilege to lead the dental school, and I am proud of our faculty, staff and students for working alongside me these past seven years to elevate our school to new heights," he said.
During his tenure, the school underwent a renovation and renewal of its clinical operation, along with the completion of a new facility for faculty practice. The school established the Miller Clinic in Elizabethtown, opened a pediatric dentistry office at the renovated Kosair Charities facilities on Eastern Parkway, and began operating the Children and Youth Dental Clinic on the UofL Health Sciences Center campus.
The School of Dentistry also created a combined D.M.D.-Ph.D. program, and plans are underway to embark on a D.M.D.-M.B.A. joint program with the School of Business. In addition, the school is involved in a federal grant to engage dental students in interdisciplinary education with the School of Nursing.
"Dr. Sauk's leadership has paved the way for the academic achievement of our students and helped foster innovation in the profession that has helped grow our national reputation not only in dentistry, but academic health," said David L. Dunn, MD, Ph.D., UofL executive vice president for health affairs.
Dr. Dunn will soon select a committee to conduct a national search for a new dean.