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Utah names new dental school dean

March 24, 2016

Dr. Hume
Salt Lake City
— The University of Utah School of Dentistry announced March 16 that Dr. Wyatt Rory Hume will become dean, effective May 15.

Dr. Hume has led dental schools and served in top posts at universities in Australia, the Middle East and the University of California school system for more than 30 years.

His administrative and research experience will help the dental school — now in its third year — to grow and flourish in its goal to become a top U.S. dental program, said Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Utah’s senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of University Health Care.

“Dr. Hume brings a depth and breadth of international experience as a leader that is both rare and impressive,” she said. “We have lofty goals for our School of Dentistry, and I look forward to seeing him lead us to become a top 10 program in the next decade.”

Dr. Hume received his dental and doctorate degrees from the University of Adelaide in South Australia before going to the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow in pharmacology. He joined the UCLA School of Dentistry faculty in 1977.

In 1984, Dr. Hume served as a department chair and dean at the University of Adelaide and the University of Sydney. From there, he served as vice chancellor and president at the University of New South Wales; department chair at the University of California, San Francisco; dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry. He also served as vice president for health sciences, provost and executive vice president and chief operating officer for the entire 10-school University of California system.

In addition, Dr. Hume served as provost of United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi and as director in the research division of the Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar.

The Utah dental school welcomed its first class in August 2013.