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Academy of General Dentistry Names New Executive Director/CEO

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CHICAGO (Feb. 13, 2013)—John A. Thorner, JD,CAE, is the new executive director/CEO of the 38,000-member Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), based in Chicago.

“John brings more than 25 years of association management experience to the AGD,” says AGD President Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD. “We expect his expertise will bring the AGD to new heights.”

Thorner previously served as executive vice president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Park Ridge, Ill., where he grew membership 14 percent and increased revenue 58 percent during his four-and-a-half-year tenure. He also served as founding president of the Anesthesia Quality Institute, an organization dedicated to compiling patient safety data.

Earlier in his career, Thorner served as executive director of the National Recreation and Park Association, the Optical Society, and the Air and Waste Management Association. He also served as general counsel and director of government affairs for the Water Environment Federation, and as a legislative and regulatory lobbyist for the national trade associations representing the paper and forest products industries.

“I am excited to join the AGD staff,” Thorner says. “This is a strong organization, and I look forward to helping maximize its potential as a professional and educational society. Working with members and staff, we will strive to help our members perfect their practice of general dentistry.”

Thorner received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, a Master of Science in journalism from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in history/political science from Duke University.

He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and previously served on that organization’s board of directors. He also is a member the Association Forum of Chicagoland.

Thorner and his wife, Judy, reside in River Forest, Ill. They have five daughters.

About the Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of 38,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, visit AGD is a member of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a first-of-its-kind national dental coalition composed of 35 leading dental health organizations. The Partnership’s campaign is designed to educate parents and caregivers on how to improve their children’s oral health in simple ways. The campaign offers families oral health resources through the website

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