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Jeffrey Hutter, Senior Associate Dean of the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, has been appointed Dean ad interim of GSDM following the death of longtime Dean Spencer Frankl on October 20. Karen Antman, Dean of the School of Medicine and Medical Campus Provost, announced Hutter’s appointment in a message to the Boston University community.
“Dr. Frankl was the longest serving Dean of any dental school in the country and had recently announced his plan to step down,” Antman says. “Both Boston University President Robert Brown and I are grateful for Dr. Hutter’s willingness to take on this added responsibility during this transition.”
Hutter, who was recently elected Chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, is a Professor of endodontics and the Herbert Schilder Chair of the endodontics department. He also directs the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics and previously was GSDM’s Associate Dean for academic affairs. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Hutter retired with the rank of Captain from the United States Navy Dental Corps in 1996 after a 21 year career. His last assignment was Chair of the Department of Endodontics and Director, Postdoctoral Endodontics at the Naval Dental School, Bethesda Maryland. Upon retirement from the Navy and prior to assuming his present position at Boston University, he was Director, Postdoctoral Endodontics at the School of Dentistry, University of Maryland. Dr. Hutter received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Endodontics from the Naval Dental School, and an M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, a past Director of both the American Board of Endodontics and the Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists, and a Past-President of the American Association of Endodontists. Dr. Hutter also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics and as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association and the Journal of Evidence-based Dental Practice.
“It’s a real honor to be given this opportunity and to have that challenge of succeeding someone who left such a mark on the University,” says Hutter. “I look at it as a wonderful opportunity and will do my best to continue the work that the Goldman School of Dental Medicine has been doing for the past 30 years.”
Hutter’s hopes for the current academic year include continuing many of the initiatives started under Frankl’s leadership, such as providing community-based educational and service opportunities for dental students and expanding the school’s global reach through the new Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education Dubai and the Boston University Dental Health Center Dubai at Dubai Healthcare Center.
He says that Frankl, who expanded GSDM’s degree programs over the course of his four decades at the school, was “an inspiration to us all.”
“He always brought out the best in each of us,” Hutter says. “I have told our students who have expressed their condolences to me that Dean Frankl will live on within each of them, and thus they should strive to do as well as they can in their studies and their chosen profession.”
The mission of Boston University School of Dental Medicine is to provide excellent education to dental professionals throughout their careers; to shape the future of dental medicine and dental education through research; to offer excellent health care services to the community; to participate in community activities; and to foster a respectful and supportive environment.