Janet Guthmiller named Dean of Adams School of Dentistry

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Dear Caroline Community,

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Janet Guthmiller, Dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has been named Dean of the Adams School of Dentistry. Guthmiller, a highly accomplished leader, returns to Carolina dental school after eight years in Nebraska and begins her new role here at Carolina on October 15. She will also hold the Claude A. Adams Professor Emeritus Chair.

In her current position, she leads dental programs that serve more than 300 students on five campuses across 500 miles. Under his leadership, the College of Dentistry launched two new educational programs to meet the needs of today’s students and built and renovated numerous facilities to foster state-of-the-art teaching and learning and the delivery of care. to patients. A strong advocate of public service, Guthmiller is the principal investigator of a $4 million contract from the State of Nebraska to increase oral health services to underserved citizens of Nebraska and encourage graduates to practice in underserved rural areas.

Guthmiller is a nationally recognized leader in the field of dental education and an accomplished researcher, author and teacher. She has received college, university, and national awards for teaching and mentoring, including Faculty Mentor of the Year from the National Student Research Group of the American Association for Dental Research in 2007. NIDCR-funded research Guthmiller’s has encompassed molecular biology studies of periodontitis pathogens and expression and function of innate antimicrobials. She has published numerous manuscripts and abstracts, two books and several book chapters. Guthmiller is a board member of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

Guthmiller is active in numerous professional organizations, most recently serving as Supreme Chapter President of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society, and she is currently President-elect of the Board of Directors of American Dental Education. Association Council of Deans. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement from Northwestern College, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cellular and Structural Biology Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and an Honorary Life Membership Award (2016) and Distinguished Service Award​ in 2021 from the UNMC College of Dentistry Alumni Association.

At Carolina, Guthmiller served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Periodontology, overseeing all dental education programs, faculty development, and admissions and student affairs from 2007 to 2014. Previously, she served on the faculty from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and the University of Iowa School of Dentistry. She earned an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of South Dakota, a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern College, a DDS from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and a certificate in periodontics and a doctorate in cell biology. and Structural from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as part of the NIH-sponsored Dentist-Scientist Program.

As Dean of the Adams School, Guthmiller will continue to uphold his deep commitment to public service and academic and research excellence. For 70 years, the school has provided quality patient care in North Carolina. About half of the state’s dental professionals are Carolina graduates, serving 96 out of 100 counties. Adams is recognized as the No. 2 dental school in the world by Shanghai Rankings and has raised more than $90 million in the campaign for Carolina to propel its future. We are confident that Guthmiller’s knowledge of Carolina, his eight years of experience as Dean, and his strong leadership will enable the Adams School to stay on its trajectory as one of the leading schools of dentistry in the country.

We would like to thank Beth Mayer-Davis, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine; chair, nutrition department; and Director, UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center, who chaired the search and all committee members for their time and effort in identifying the best candidates.

We are also grateful to Acting Dean Ed Swift for his continued leadership of the Adams School until Janet’s arrival this fall. For now, please join us in congratulating Janet and welcoming her to Carolina.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Chancellor

J. Christopher Clemens
Provost and Director of Studies

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