About the Position

The University at Buffalo (UB) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the School of Dental Medicine (SDM). A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, UB is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. The dean of the SDM is a senior member of UB’s leadership team, working with the president, provost, vice president for health sciences and other deans and senior leaders to advance the university’s ambitious vision for excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. 

The Opportunity

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the school, reporting to the provost on academic affairs and to the vice president for health sciences in the areas of inter-professional education, health sciences collaborative research, and clinical programs. The dean is responsible for providing overall leadership to the school to promote academic excellence and advance its national and international prominence in research and education. The ideal candidate will be an individual of integrity; a creative problem solver; a strong self-assured leader of stature, and an educator, researcher and clinician with an understanding of oral health care delivery and the search for new knowledge. The candidate must have the ability to imagine new possibilities for the school, and will be expected to lead the school and engage in building partnerships and enhancing relationships with the school’s many constituencies and the larger community.

The mission of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is to lead innovation in oral health, education, research, and service to improve quality of life. To help advance that mission, the successful candidate will offer experience and vision in the areas identified below, as well as the skills, credentials, qualities and characteristics noted.

Academic credentials: A doctoral degree in Dentistry (DDS, DMD or equivalent) or a PhD in a dentistry-related scientific discipline is required, with a track record of accomplishment in academic, scholarly, and clinical endeavors appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor. Successful administrative experience in a school of dentistry is strongly preferred.

Leadership: The dean should have substantial leadership experience in a distinguished academic or comparable setting, the capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, and the ability to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value and engage them in its implementation. The dean must have an appreciation for the diversity and breadth of the school’s offerings and must provide leadership in establishing the school’s objectives, developing and managing all resources essential to the achievement of these objectives, and coordinating the school’s diverse research, education and service portfolios to further its mission. The dean should have the ability to develop strong working relationships with a broad range of constituencies, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, senior leadership of the university, state and local dental organizations, the State Board of Dental Examiners, local, state and national government, and industry. A record of building productive and collaborative relationships with a broad variety of key stakeholders throughout a university and the community at-large is desirable.

Communication: The dean should possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, the ability and desire to connect and build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, and experience in managing change, resolving conflict and building consensus.

Development and execution of strategic plans: The University continues to develop its strategic plans through UB 2020, the long-range strategic vision focused on pursuing sustained research and educational excellence. The dean will help define and articulate the specific strategies and provisions for the SDM within these ongoing plans and enable their execution to ensure the school is recognized for its exceptional research and educational programs. The dean will provide creative and coherent academic leadership to the school to develop a sound plan for the school’s future, including a thorough assessment of the curriculum of the school and its delivery to students.

Education and research: The dean promotes the school’s educational activities, including the essential element of clinical training placements, establishes innovative programming, and ensures that appropriate accreditations are maintained. The SDM is engaged in a wide range of research and education activities, and the new dean will be expected to expand these activities in a manner that best serves the school’s and UB’s long-term interests. The dean is responsible for managing the school’s relationships with local and national corporate organizations, advancing the SDM interactions with industry and government partners, and furthering technology transfer and partnerships.

Transdisciplinary collaboration: Faculty from the SDM are integral partners in a wide variety of innovative research, education and service initiatives with each of the other schools in the university—Architecture and Planning, Arts and Sciences, Graduate Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law, Management, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Health and Health Professions, and Social Work, as well as the graduate education programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It is important that the new dean value and promote the school’s ongoing transdisciplinary partnerships, and actively engage in advancing and developing new opportunities for future partnerships along with deans in other units. Of particular importance is the SDM’s involvement with UB’s $16 million multi-year NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and the university’s recently established Communities of Excellence

Stewardship and development: The dean represents the SDM to internal and external constituents. In cooperation with the university’s philanthropy and alumni engagement staff, the dean is responsible for cultivating and strengthening relationships with SDM alumni, as well as devoting substantial effort to generating resources for the school through philanthropic support from alumni and other SDM partners and friends.

Partnerships with the community: The dean will need to maintain and develop relationships with state and local government agencies, corporations and foundations. The dean will also maintain strong ties and good communication with the external healthcare community in Western New York. An active, visible role in the community will allow the school to develop and expand programs with local and state government health agencies and to attract a larger patient population which will, in turn help to serve the SDM’s educational mission and expand its clinical revenue.

Faculty appointments: The dean should have the ability to recruit outstanding new faculty as well as retain the SDM’s strongest faculty. The dean is responsible to the provost for the recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure of a diverse and well-qualified faculty in the SDM. The incoming dean will be expected to promote faculty mentoring, to advance research, and to nurture outstanding scholarship, education and clinical expertise within the faculty. The dean will encourage the integration of the work of all faculty members, whether their emphasis is on education, research or clinical instruction.

Further strengthen the student body: The students at the SDM are among the very best in dental education, as assessed by their test scores and previous accomplishments as undergraduate students. The school takes great pride in their academic achievements, their community contributions, and in their readiness to be leaders in their fields upon graduation. The dean will work with the faculty to recruit and retain a diverse student body and assure that the students remain academically strong and successful. 

Budget and administration: The dean should have a proven record of resourcefulness in fiscal and personnel management, careful stewardship of institutional resources, decisiveness, and ability to make difficult decisions. The dean is responsible to the provost for all aspects of the SDM budget process as established through the university’s budget allocation model. The dean works with the provost and the vice president for research and economic development to promote and assist in the funding and support of the SDM’s research centers, and works with the university's senior administration in matters of graduate enrollment and education, and space planning and facilities needs.

Diversity: The dean’s record will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, with evidence of success in recruiting, supporting, mentoring and retaining faculty, staff and students from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives.

The School of Dental Medicine


Established in 1892, the School of Dental Medicine continues to educate general practitioners, specialists, and biomedical scientists in the art and science of oral health through the SDM’s comprehensive accredited programs: DDS, certificates in advanced general dentistry, endodontics, general practice residency, oral and maxillofacial surgery/MD, oral and maxillofacial pathology, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics; master’s degrees in biomaterials, oral sciences and orthodontics, and the first oral biology PhD program in the United States. Education programs are provided to several thousand alumni and others through Continuing Dental Education offerings. Laboratories, research facilities, and the latest in clinics offer research and educational opportunities to postgraduate and graduate students in the SDM’s seven departments, as well as specialty certifications in various certificate programs.

As a proud member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, UB is committed to discovery—basic and applied research, development, and scholarship—particularly manifested in the SDM in the areas of oral health and disease. Efforts are facilitated through the SDM’s collaborations within UB, especially among the 4 four additional schools that comprise the Academic Health Center (AHC): the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Professions, as well as with the hospital systems comprising Great Lakes Healthcare and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. This rich environment offers SDM students and faculty an extraordinary opportunity to partner in multidisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative activity, while the comprehensive character of UB represents a major intellectual, clinical, and physical advantage to the school.

Each year, the SDM hosts more than 140,000 visits by patients seeking comprehensive, emergency, or specialty oral health care in the SDM’s general and specialty clinics located on UB’s South Campus, at regional partner hospital locations and at the SDM’s mobile dental van in neighboring Chautauqua County. The SDM is the largest dental Medicaid provider in the Western New York region; its lower costs make it an affordable option for those who can partner with the SDM in educating the school’s students. Reaching out, the SDM faculty and students provide an oral health resource (education and care) for our community at schools, community events, and clinics locally and internationally.

The school occupies facilities in Squire and Foster Halls and is located on the University at Buffalo’s picturesque South Campus at the intersections of Main Street and Bailey Avenue in Buffalo. A Western New York landmark that dates back to the 1920s, the South Campus is located in a residential neighborhood in the City of Buffalo and is home to classic ivy-covered buildings as well as cutting-edge research and teaching facilities. In addition to the SDM, the School of Architecture and Planning and the other 4 schools of the AHC are currently located on the South Campus.


The SDM faculty is known for its outstanding teaching and research. Faculty researchers are conducting research in many areas including periodontal disease, biological films, pain, and materials science. The SDM has approximately 300 faculty members, of whom about 70 are full-time, 150 are part-time and 80 are volunteer. There is the potential for additional faculty growth as a part of the UB 2020 plan. 


The University at Buffalo is actively implementing a long-range strategic vision—known as UB 2020—focused on pursuing sustained research and educational excellence, achieving greater efficiency across campus operations, and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally as well as globally. The UB 2020 vision is focused on building academic excellence through investments in areas that have strategic societal importance and the potential for UB to excel. An important element of UB 2020 has been to increase the intellectual capacity of collaborative, cross-disciplinary faculty research teams dedicated to addressing the critical issues, ideas and challenges facing the 21st century. UB’s strategic strengths initiative is the initial signature interdisciplinary research framework of the UB 2020 plan that brings together existing faculty expertise with investment in world-class new hires and resources that promise to give UB a preeminent leadership role for years to come in research that will transform lives and communities.

Realizing UB 2020 was launched in 2012 as the next evolution of the UB 2020 vision, building on the progress and momentum the university has achieved and using it as the springboard for taking the institution to the next level of excellence. Among the initiatives of Realizing UB 2020 is the Communities of Excellence program—multidisciplinary scholarly communities focused on large-scale societal challenges in the broadly defined areas of humanity, justice, environment, innovation, and health. Building on the successful cluster-hiring strategy employed through UB 2020, these Communities of Excellence form the basis for institutional investment in cross-disciplinary areas where the university has considerable research strength and tremendous potential impact, both regionally and globally. Integrated with the traditional departmental structure, the Communities of Excellence provide a framework for participating faculty to leverage institutional resources, facilities, and research infrastructure across associated units in order to advance research that addresses vital societal problems on a profound scale. The first Communities were launched in the spring of 2015 and include: Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART); The Genome, the Environment and the Microbiome (GEM); and Global Health Equity (GHE). The SDM is a direct participant in the GEM and GHE Communities of Excellence and is expected to be involved as a partner in a significant majority of future Communities of Excellence proposals.

The SDM also is engaged with the Buffalo Translational Group (BTG) to pursue clinical and translational research. The BTG is comprised of the UB health sciences schools, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Great Lakes Healthcare-affiliated hospitals, and regional research institutes and community organizations. In 2015, UB received, through the BTG, a Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) from the NIH, which places it among a highly select group of institutions that comprise the CTSA Consortium. 

Faculty and student research at SDM takes place at all levels: from the basic research of molecular and cellular biology and genomics, to understanding community health factors of oral cancer. The scope of SDM’s applied and clinical research includes studies of responses to new tissue engineering scaffolds and artificial saliva, as well as evaluation of new dental care products such as mouth rinses and denture liners.

For fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015), SDM was responsible for over $7.1 million in research expenditures from all external sources (federal/state government, industry, and non-profit organizations).

SDM’s faculty includes several individuals honored internationally for their contributions to research and scientific leadership. These honors have been bestowed by, among others, the American Dental Association, the Institute of Medicine, the International College of Dentists, the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, the International Congress of Oral Implantology, and the International Association for Dental Research.

Through a range of research initiatives and centers, the SDM is contributing to improved health for populations, communities, and individuals. There are several externally-funded research centers located within the SDM. These centers provide for interdisciplinary faculty, staff, and student collaboration and training.

Included in the SDM-based or affiliated research centers are:

  • Center for Clinical Biophotonics – This is a multidisciplinary center involving general surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, neurologists, neuroscientists, various dental specialists and basic scientists. The mission of the center is to promote innovations and clinical applications of lasers, light waves and advanced technologies in the diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of disease. The center encompasses clinical and laboratory research, patient care, education and industrial collaboration in fulfilling this mission.
  • Center for Dental Studies - This center has a long history of working with industry to develop research protocols, performing basic scientific and clinical studies for new product introduction and/or product enhancement, coordinating multicenter research, and facilitating technology transfer to industry.
  • Center for Orofacial Pain Research - This group focuses on research questions that revolve around pain, function, diagnosis, and classification. The research activities take place within three laboratories for primary data collection: neurosensory, biomechanics, and psychophysiology.
  • Industry/University Center for Biosurfaces - The focus of this center's research program is on understanding, prediction, and control of biological adhesion. Multidisciplinary approaches from physical chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics address challenges related to biofouling, biomaterials, and model tissues.
  • Laser Research Center - Areas of interest in this center include soft tissue laser surgery, hard tissue (dental) interactions, endodontic interactions and therapy, and the development of laser techniques for cancer detection and treatment.
  • Periodontal Disease Clinical Research Center - Having identified diabetes, smoking, the presence of periodontal pathogens, stress, distress, and coping measures as potential risk factors for periodontal disease, this center's current activities include longitudinal studies to firmly establish risk factors, and intervention studies directed at modulating risk factors within populations at risk for periodontal disease.
  • South Campus Instrumentation Center - This center is set up to provide a rapid response to the analytical needs of academia and industry, offering a full service facility with emphasis on surface imaging and spectroscopy.


The mission of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is to lead innovation in oral health, education, research, and service to improve quality of life. The SDM vision is to define excellence in global health through its core values of innovation, compassion and integrity. The school has identified a number of high priority strategic objectives in order to transform dental education, research, and the quality of life on a global scale in a way that defines excellence by preparing students for the healthcare profession of the future and encouraging curiosity, compassion, and a thirst for knowledge.

The SDM’s current enrollment of 490 includes 402 DDS students, 66 master's students, 8 PhD students, and 14 students pursuing certifications. At any given time, there are between 10 and 20 postdoctoral fellows also affiliated with the school.

The SDM aims to promote inter-professional education and practice, research, and patient care resulting in well-rounded graduates who take an entirely new approach to improving people's lives and creating new knowledge. The SDM does this through numerous interdisciplinary and institutional collaborations. Examples of this direction and progress include partnering with the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) to put pharmacists and residents on the SDM clinic floor; creating a Certificate in Oral Health for nursing students; providing blood pressure, diabetic, HIV screening, and smoking cessation programs by dental students; introducing an MBA/DDS dual degree program; collaborating with SUNY Alfred on a Biomaterials and Ceramic Engineering degree with a concentration in Dental Materials; and creating an internationally recognized dental forensics program.

The SDM is also actively engaging partners at the campus, local, national, and international levels to create innovative synergies that build the SDM reputation for excellence. Among the examples of vital partnerships that are underway or already in place are the unique SDM/Aeigis publishing partnership that introduced the first international on-line student peer reviewed student research journal; collaborations with the Western New York health care community to improve education and patient care in Western New York; collaborations in China, the Middle East, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Brazil and India that offer international education experiences to SDM students and faculty along with the opportunity to set oral healthcare education standards in those international communities; new degree options in UB and SUNY; establishment with the Erie County Department of Health of the Erie County Health Mall, a new multi-discipline healthcare facility on the East Side of Buffalo; and development of a social work-in-dentistry network that builds on SDM’s first of its kind CARES social services program for dental patients.

The SDM continues to support the strategic initiatives identified as part of its mission by expanding the International Dentist Program (IDP); modernizing and aligning SDM infrastructure with its mission, vision, and programmatic need; implementing high quality online distance learning; and employing a school-wide focus on organizational and operational efficiency. 

The school’s values are consistent with those of the university, including the pursuit of academic excellence through the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge related to the health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals. The school collectively endeavors to instill in its students, faculty and staff, ethical principles that include autonomy, justice, and beneficence. These values enable the fostering of a harmonious environment working with others in a respectful, culturally competent manner so that populations and individuals with varying health conditions and abilities can participate in meaningful and fulfilling activities.

The SDM is comprised of seven academic departments:


Through effective community engagement initiatives the SDM improves the health of populations, communities and individuals regionally, nationally and internationally. Multiple groups address marginalized and underserved populations to enhance oral health, and general well-being while advocating for necessary changes in public policy. These activities are largely coordinated through the Office of Student, Community and Professional Initiatives and the Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry.

Some of the more noteworthy community engagement activities include the CARES Program--Counseling, Advocacy, Referral, Education and Service (social work); Gateway Program (school-based health program); Healthy Mouth Healthy Body, Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (international programs); Remote Area Medical Program S'Miles to Go (dental mobile unit in rural areas of western New York); Give Kids a Smile Program; Smile Education Day; The Mayor of the City of Buffalo Oral Health Initiative; Dentistry Smiles on Veterans, and multiple UB Smile Team community based health fairs and educational sessions.

UB Overview

Impactful research, scholarly distinction, transformative student experiences, and far-reaching service to local, state, national, and international communities define UB’s mission as a premier research-intensive public university. UB was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo and joined SUNY in 1962. Today, UB is the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the SUNY system and an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. In 1990, UB was the first public university in the Northeast to be admitted into the Association of American Universities (AAU), joining North America’s other premier research universities.

UB enrolls close to 30,000 students (approximately 2/3 undergraduate and 1/3 graduate and professional students), and offers nearly 400 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and doctoral levels across its 12 decanal units. UB is a global community of scholars, consistently ranking among the nation’s top 20 universities for the enrollment of international students. The university enjoys a strong international presence, maintaining affiliation agreements with over 80 universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. UB’s approximately 240,000 alumni live in over 145 nations worldwide.

UB has a distinguished faculty of approximately 1,600 full-time members and almost 750 parttime members. With more than 150 research centers and institutes, UB’s current annual research expenditures, including affiliated institutions, exceed $386 million. The Libraries hold four million volumes in eight libraries and provide access to 100,000 full-text ejournals and 800,000 e-books.

Recognizing the key role that a vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research, and learning, as part of the UB 2020 vision UB is implementing a long-range plan for enhancing its North, South, and Downtown campus spaces and connecting them more effectively to their surrounding communities. UB’s North Campus, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, is the university’s main undergraduate campus, and home to the university’s primary athletics and cultural facilities. Three miles to the south, on the northern edge of the City of Buffalo, is the university’s historic South Campus, which serves as the primary health sciences campus. UB also has a rapidly developing third campus center in downtown Buffalo. The focal point of UB’s downtown presence is the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, on which UB’s new medical school facility is being constructed in proximity to the university’s health and life science partners (anticipated completion date of 2017).

With annual revenues that exceed $1.2 billion from all sources, UB and its affiliated entities generate an estimated economic impact of $2.18 billion annually in New York State. The university’s total workforce of almost 6,800 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of the region’s largest employers. UB is also a leader and an active partner with the more than 20 public and private colleges and universities in the Buffalo Niagara region. 

UB leadership

Satish K. Tripathi, President

Internationally recognized as an accomplished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Dr. Satish K. Tripathi was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011.

Dr. Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-2011, was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic excellence, and has led the university to achieve significant growth in research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. Building on this strong foundation, Dr. Tripathi’s vision for UB’s future focuses on moving the university into the highest ranks of the nation’s leading research universities through expanding its reach and impact locally as well as globally.

The first international-born president in UB’s history, Dr. Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside prior to coming to UB. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his 19-year tenure as a faculty member included serving as chair from 1988-95. A fellow of IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he was awarded the honorary doctorate of sciences from the prestigious Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.

An active leader in the national higher education community, Dr. Tripathi is a member of the MidAmerican Conference Council of Presidents Executive Committee and serves on the boards of directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Digital Preservation Network.  Among his numerous community leadership roles, Dr. Tripathi serves on the boards of directors of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Great Lakes Health, and was appointed by Governor Cuomo as co-chair of the Regional Economic Development Council for Western New York. 

Charles F. Zukoski, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

An internationally renowned scholar in chemical engineering who is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was named one of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Charles F. Zukoski was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on June 1, 2012.  As the university’s second-ranking officer, the provost is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s academic vision captured in UB 2020. Since 2012, Provost Zukoski has actively engaged the campus in a vigorous conversation about the future of higher education, how to make UB more competitive in a changing world, how to prepare graduates to be active and responsible global leaders, and how UB can have a larger and more significant local and global impact. Provost Zukoski joined UB from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as vice chancellor for research and Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University. 

Michael E. Cain, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Michael E. Cain, M.D., is a renowned cardiovascular physician-scientist, and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Cain was appointed UB’s vice president for health sciences in 2011 and serves concurrently as dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, a position he has held since 2006. A specialist in the area of abnormal heart rhythms, Dr. Cain joined UB from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he was the director of the Cardiovascular Division, the Tobias and Hortense Lewin Professor of Medicine, and professor of biomedical engineering. 

Buffalo Niagara

As a world-renowned research university, UB’s intellectual capital and innovation are playing a vital role in Buffalo’s resurgence as a thriving city that is a magnet for the talented professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators who recognize the tremendous energy and momentum gathering here. Home to one of the nation’s fastest growing populations of college graduates, the Buffalo-Niagara region, with 1.5 million residents, is the state’s second largest major metropolitan area, exceeded only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct personality, yet commonly characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents. Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle, and affordability regularly place it in top ten lists from a variety of national publications for its overall quality of life.

Buffalo offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. Buffalo’s rich cultural resources reflect its distinguished history and a commitment to sustaining the arts, including the Grammy-Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the world-class collection of modern painting and sculpture at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; an extensive array of historic architectural treasures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Eero and Eliel Saarinen; and an expansive park system (including Delaware Park), considered to be the very best work of designer Frederick Law Olmsted. The city is home to the state’s largest concentration of theaters outside of New York City. Buffalo is a family friendly, livable and affordable city, with Niagara Falls, one of the major tourist attractions of the world, a short drive away. Buffalo is close to two significant wine growing regions – Niagara Escarpment and the Finger Lakes region. In addition, the Adirondack Mountains are half-a-day’s drive from Buffalo.

Rich in natural resources and beauty, the Buffalo Niagara area is a four-season region that offers the best for seasonal sports enthusiasts. University at Buffalo fans enjoy a full complement of NCAA division I sports with the UB Bulls, as well as the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, and the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits.

Less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo across the United States-Canada border is Toronto, the cultural, entertainment, and financial capital of Canada. Buffalo is also ideally located for easy access to many of America’s greatest cities. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport offers direct flights to more than 20 cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., all only an hour’s flight time away.

Buffalo’s resurgence is making national headlines, and UB is playing a central role in the creation of a strong, sustainable knowledge economy and thriving entrepreneurial culture that are driving this revitalization. Buffalo is experiencing a period of tremendous progress and momentum as well as unprecedented regional investments in the industries of the future and in the assets that ensure a satisfying quality of life for all its citizens. Several decanal units within UB already have well-established ties with prominent area businesses in addition to ties with the large ecosystem represented by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The new dean of the SDM must have the dynamism and the commitment to help position the School of Dental Medicine as a key partner in this revitalization, i.e., the biotech and healthcare industries. The new dean of the SDM must have the dynamism and the commitment to help position the School of Dental Medicine as a key partner along with the other UB Health Sciences Schools in this revitalization, i.e., the biotech and healthcare industries. The dean should support and promote SDM faculty involvement in these sectors and in these cross-campus, interdisciplinary initiatives as well, thereby playing a more active role in the regional private sector growth.

Nomination and application procedures

Additional information about the SDM can be found at the school’s website, http://dental.buffalo.edu/ or at the search website www.buffalo.edu/dentalmedicinedeansearch .

Nominations and applications are now being accepted. Interested individuals should provide a curriculum vitae and an optional letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position. All nominations and applications should be sent electronically via e-mail (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments strongly preferred) to:

Dr. Ilene Nagel and Dr. Jett Pihakis

Higher Education Practice

Russell Reynolds Associates



All materials and inquiries will be held in strict confidence until the final stages of the search, at which time the express permission of the finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.

Compensation for this position is highly competitive. It is anticipated that the dean will begin service before the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a dean of the SDM is appointed. 

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.