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American Dental Association Foundation Hires New Executive Director

Gene R. Wurth, J.D., M.B.A., to lead charitable arm of American Dental Association

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CHICAGO, July 5, 2011 –The American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) Board of Directors recently announced the appointment Gene R. Wurth, J.D., M.B.A., as the Foundation’s new executive director effective July 5. Wurth, 60, will manage the ADAF,  the charitable arm of the American Dental Association, which secures contributions and provides grants for dental research, education, access to oral health care for underserved populations and assistance for dentists and their families in need.

"The ADAF is proud to welcome Mr. Wurth who brings a tremendous amount of valuable experience in fundraising and public relations," said ADAF President David A. Whiston, D.D.S.  "His skills will be an asset to the ADAF, which serves as a trusted resource for both those who want to help and for those in need."

Wurth most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) which raised more than $150 million for research and education during his 11-year tenure. Prior to joining the OREF, Wurth served as Assistant Dean for Development of Alumni Programs at the University of Illinois, College of Law, and served as President and CEO of Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation in Urbana, Ill.

Wurth earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wurth and his wife of 38 years, Mary, have a son, Stephen, who works as an attorney in Chicago, and a daughter, Melissa, who works as an educator in North Carolina.

About the ADA Foundation

The ADA Foundation strives to improve human health through improved oral health. Since 1991, the ADA Foundation has disbursed nearly $37.5 million dollars to support such charitable activities. In addition to funding grants for dental research, education, scholarships and access to care, the Foundation supports Charitable Assistance Programs such as relief grants to dentists and their dependents that are unable to support themselves due to injury, a medical condition or advanced age; and grants to dentists who are victims of declared disasters.