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January 5, 2000 Contact: Amanda Mazur (312) 996-7681,


Bruce Graham, dean and professor of restorative dentistry at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, will join the University of Illinois at Chicago as dean of the College of Dentistry.

Graham, whose appointment was approved by the U of I Board of Trustees in late November, will begin his duties as dean in June.

Graham joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 1992. Previously, he spent 15 years at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, including three years as assistant dean for academic affairs and four years as associate dean for academic affairs.

He began his dental career in private practice, but soon started to divide his time as a clinical and pre-clinical instructor at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and then at the University of Toronto.

Graham has received many awards, including the Wolverine Dental Society Award for Support and Accomplishments in Minority Student Recruitment and Retention in 1997. He is the author of over a dozen papers and has given many research presentations in the United States and Canada.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a member of the Detroit District Dental Society, the Michigan Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the American and International Associations for Dental Research.

"Bruce Graham brings extensive experience to the position and he has a clear vision for how to make the College one of the top ranked colleges of dentistry in the country," said Elizabeth Hoffman, UIC provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs.

Graham says he feels honored to be selected as the new dean and is excited by the challenge. As for his plans for the college, he says, "I want to help the faculty achieve a level of pre-eminent excellence in education, research, patient care and community outreach."

Graham's interests include curriculum innovation in dental education, professional ethics education, leadership in higher education and faculty development.

Graham received his pre-dental education from the University of Windsor (1966), a doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Toronto (1970), a master's of science degree and certificate in prosthodontics from Ohio State University (1974), and a master's of education with a specialization in curriculum studies from Dalhousie University (1989).


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