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U-M Regents reappoint Dean Laurie McCauley

Dr. Laurie McCauley

Second term will extend through 2023

Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 16, 2017 -–  The University of Michigan Board of Regents on Thursday approved a second five-year appointment for Dr. Laurie McCauley as dean of the School of Dentistry.

The reappointment, recommended by Interim Provost Paul Courant, is effective from Sept. 1, 2018, through Aug. 31, 2023.

McCauley is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor in Periodontics. She joined the school as a faculty member in 1992, and continues to conduct scientific research, clinical education and clinical practice. She also has an appointment as a professor in the Department of Pathology at the U-M Medical School.  McCauley started her first five-year term as 14th dean and first woman to lead the School of Dentistry on Sept. 1, 2013.

In announcing the reappointment, Courant called McCauley “an engaged and visible leader.” He cited numerous areas of excellence documented during an extensive review for the reappointment.  Courant said McCauley has motivated and guided the school toward the goals in its strategic plan, and led the school through a national dental accreditation process that exceeded expectations in numerous key areas.  He said she advocates for diversity and inclusiveness, and works with other health care deans to promote collaboration among campus units. Courant noted that the School of Dentistry is currently ranked No. 1 in the country and No. 2 in the world.

“I am confident that she will continue to lead in ways that enhance the school’s excellence,” Courant said.

In a message sent to the School of Dentistry community, McCauley said she is honored by the provost’s recommendation and the regents’ approval, and she thanked the school for its support. “I am as excited about my reappointment as I was about my initial appointment and promise to remain diligent to our shared vision of excellence in our school,” she said. “The past four years have been energizing and I feel fortunate to have your partnership to continue to elevate the school.”

McCauley said challenges in her next term will include the major renovation of the School of Dentistry building, now in the early stages, and continued work on the school’s strategic plan.

McCauley holds four degrees from Ohio State University: an undergraduate degree in education, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Master of Science in dentistry and a PhD in veterinary pathobiology.


 The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:

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