Office of the Provost

Dean of the School of Dentistry

Leadership profile

The University of Washington (UW) seeks an inspirational, experienced and visionary leader to serve as its next Dean of the School of Dentistry. This is a unique opportunity to leverage the School’s significant strengths to advance research and scholarship, innovative education, clinical care, social responsibility, and public service across Seattle, Washington State, and beyond.

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Advisory Search Committee on the Deanship of the School of Dentistry

  • Jodi Sandfort, Dean and Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, Chair
  • Vanetta Abdellatif, President and CEO, Arcora Foundation
  • Anirban Basu, Professor, School of Pharmacy and Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
  • Corie Cobb, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Gary Farris, Associate Dean, Finance & Resources, School of Dentistry
  • Neal Futran, Professor and Chair, Otolaryngology, School of Medicine
  • Sara Gordon, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Professor, Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry
  • Kyler Hayes, Student Council President, School of Dentistry
  • Douglass Jackson, Associate Dean and Clinical Professor, Oral Health Sciences, School of Dentistry
  • David Minahan, DDS, Alumnus, School of Dentistry
  • Avina Paranjpe, Professor, Endodontics, School of Dentistry
  • David Perkel, Professor and Chair, Biology, Division of Natural Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ana Lucia Seminario, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, Elected Faculty Council, School of Dentistry

Charge letter

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the advisory search committee to identify and recommend candidates for the position of Dean of the School of Dentistry. This search may involve both internal and external candidates. Jodi Sandfort, Professor and Dean of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, will chair the committee. We are fortunate to have such a superb committee.

Our goal is to have a new dean in place by Summer 2022. We seek a distinguished academic and a visionary leader for the School of Dentistry who will work well with the UW community, including other academic units, public and non-profit partners, alumni, and donors. We are greatly indebted to Dean Gary Chiodo for his remarkable vision, leadership and energy as dean over the past 4 years.

Enclosed is a copy of Executive Order 20 from the University of Washington Policy Directory, which sets forth the basic procedures for conducting a search for a dean. The University has a strong commitment to diversity, which I ask you to consider seriously as you build a pool of eligible candidates. Please establish protocols for seeking the opinions from members of the School of Dentistry, broader UW faculty, student and staff communities, as well as other appropriate constituencies within and outside the University of Washington.

At the conclusion of the search, the President and I would like to receive from you the names of at least three highly qualified candidates.

My office will be in touch soon to schedule your first committee meeting and I will attend a portion of the meeting to discuss my priorities and expectations for the position and the search. At this meeting we will also seek your input on a draft position announcement. We are engaging a professional search firm to assist you in this search, which we will announce soon.

Thank you very much for accepting this important assignment.


Mark A. Richards
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor, Earth and Space Sciences

Charge letter (PDF)