Dr. Dodge named new dean of San Antonio dental school
UTHSC announced the appointment March 15. Dr. Dodge has served as dean ad interim since 2012 when Dr. Kenneth L. Kalkwarf left the post to become president ad interim during the medical leave of UTHSC President William L. Henrich, M.D. Dr. Kalkwarf is now special assistant to the president and has announced plans to retire in 2013 after 24 years as dental school dean.
"Dr. Dodge is highly regarded by his colleagues in academic dentistry throughout the nation for his expertise in matters of accreditation of dental programs, competency assessment, evidence-based clinical education and financing of dental education," said Dr. Henrich.
"His leadership and vision, most notably regarding the school's clinical endeavors, helped the dental school to be awarded Permanent University Funding to build a state-of-the-art Center for Oral Health Care and Research which will open next to the Medical Arts and Research Center in 2015," continued Dr. Henrich. "I have complete confidence that Dr. Dodge will lead the school in an exemplary manner in the years to come."
The Center for Oral Health Care and Research is the dental school's future oral health care training, education and patient care facility. A $95 million project, it will feature a 198,000-square-foot facility that will house clinical training and patient care. UTHSC says the center will facilitate clinical research trials that can generate advancements in innovation and patient care.
Prior to becoming dean ad interim, Dr. Dodge served as vice dean since 2004 and associate dean for patient care from 1996-2003. He joined the faculty in 1978 after five years of general dental practice and two years as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Dr. Dodge is a professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at UTHSC. He earned his dental degree at the University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree at Trinity University in San Antonio.