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Case Western Reserve University's Dental School Selects New Dean

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Kenneth B. Chance, DDS, professor and chief of endodontics at the University of Kentucky, will succeed Jerry Goldberg as dean of Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine. Chance, who was chosen after a national search, has been a member of Case Western Reserve’s board of trustees since 2005. He will resign his board seat later this month.

President Barbara R. Snyder announced Monday that the 1979 alumnus of the School of Dental Medicine will become its next dean July 1.

“I am excited and honored by the opportunity to return to this campus at a pivotal time for the school and for health care nationally,” said Chance in a news release. “Jerry’s tenure has been transformative, and I look forward to building on his legacy and accelerating our momentum.”

Goldberg, meanwhile, has served 17 years as dean. Under his leadership, the school has expanded its research portfolio and, in recent years, dental students have begun to work more closely with their peers in nursing, medicine and social work. 

Chance earned his undergraduate degree at Fordham University and earned his DDS at Case Western Reserve. He completed a general practice residency at Jamaica Hospital in Jamaica, New York, followed by an endodontic postgraduate residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, which is now part of Rutgers University.

In 1997, Chance became dean of the dental school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He eventually went on to the University of Kentucky, where he has been active in faculty development and interprofessional education initiatives.

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