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Officers elected Oct. 17 at House of Delegates meeting

At the first meeting of the 2008 House of Delegates, candidates were nominated for speaker of the house and five trustee offices. Declared elected were Speaker J. Thomas Soliday, Drs. W. Ken Rich, 6th District; Charles L. Steffel, 7th District; Edward J. Vigna, 10th District; Charles H. Norman III, 16th District; and Samuel B. Low, 17th District. Balloting for president-elect and second vice-president is scheduled for Oct. 20. Results will appear on ADA.org and in the Nov. 3 issue of the ADA News.

Brief biographies of those elected:

Dr. J. Thomas Soliday, Gaithersburg, Md., has served the ADA as speaker since election in 2002. He was parliamentarian for the Maryland State Dental Society and speaker for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' House of Delegates. He is a past president of the MSDA, Southern Maryland Dental Association and Maryland Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. W. Ken Rich, Dry Ridge, Ky., has served as chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs, as a member of the ADA task force on Workforce and as an ADA delegate. He is a past president of the Kentucky Dental Association, a former member of the Kentucky Governor's Advisory Committee on Medicaid and vice chairman of the Northern Kentucky Independent Industrial Health Department. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.

Dr. Charles L. Steffel, Indianapolis, has served 14 years in the ADA House of Delegates where he was a member of the Standing Committee on Rules and Order and the Reference Committee on Communications and Membership Services. He is a past president of the Indiana Dental Association, Indianapolis District Dental Society and the Indiana Association of Endodontists. He is a founding editor of the AAE's Endondontics: Colleagues for Excellence and is an associate professor of endodontics at Indiana University School of Dentistry. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists and is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Edward J. Vigna, Lincoln, Neb., served as chair of the ADA Political Action Committee for two years and was a member of the ADPAC Board for six years. He is also a former member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. He is a past president and secretary of the Nebraska Dental Association, a past president of the Lincoln District Dental Association and a member of the NDA Hall of Fame. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy and is on the National Advisory Committee of the Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry.

Dr. Charles H. Norman III, Greensboro, N.C., is a former chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and has served as chair of the ADA Well-Being and Dental Practice Indicators committees. He is a past president of the North Carolina Dental Society, its 3rd District Dental Society and the Foundation Board for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. He is a member of the North Carolina State Healthcare Commission, Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Samuel B. Low, Gainesville, Fla., has served the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations and chaired the Future of Dental Education Committee. He has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1994. He is a past president of the Florida Dental Association, Central District Dental Society and Florida Association of Periodontists. He is the 2008-09 president-elect of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary fraternity, a fellow of the American College of Dentists and recently was honored with the FDA's Dentist of the Year and Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Awards.