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Dean Named President-elect of American Dental Education Association

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WASHINGTON (March 4, 2010) – Dr. Leo E. Rouse, dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry, was installed Wednesday, March 3, as president-elect of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

Rouse will become ADEA president in March 2011 at the conclusion of the ADEA’s Annual Session & Exhibition in San Diego.

“Dr. Rouse’s active involvement in the leadership and governance of ADEA exemplifies his commitment to the association and the future of dental education,” said outgoing ADEA President Ronald J. Hunt, D.D.S. “His past experience provides a solid foundation from which the association will continue to grow.”

The dean thanked the association and the support from Howard University for the opportunity to serve ADEA and the dental profession.

“I am humbled by this opportunity,” Rouse said. “I owe my Alma Mater, Howard University, a great deal of credit for my professional development as a student, alumnus, faculty member and administrator.

“This opportunity was provided to me through the nourishment, support, mentorship and leadership of the Howard University Family -- my students, faculty, support staff and alumni.”

The ADEA is the voice of dental education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and postdoctoral dental education programs, corporations, faculty, and students. Its mission is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public.

Rouse is currently chair of the ADEA Council of Deans and serves as one of the four ADEA Commissioners on the Commission of Dental Accreditation. In 2009, he was awarded an ADEA Presidential Citation for distinguished service to the association and dedication to the advancement of the dental education community.

Rouse also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Dental Association Foundation and the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

Prior to his 2004 appointment as dean at Howard University, Rouse served as associate dean for Clinical Affairs and chair of the Department of Clinical Dentistry. Before entering academia, he actively served in the United States Army for 24 years.

He concluded his military career at the rank of colonel as Commander and Chief Operating Office of the U.S. Army Dental Command, commanding the entire Army Dental Corps worldwide.

Dr. Rouse holds a D.D.S. degree from the Howard University College of Dentistry. In 1997, he received the Howard University College of Dentistry Alumni Achievement Award for distinguished service to the country and the profession of dentistry.


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