Interim Dean Reynolds Named Dean of University of Maryland School of Dentistry
University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD, has
appointed Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD,
MA, as the dean of the University
of Maryland School of Dentistry. The selection was made after a
national search and is effective June 2, 2014. Reynolds, a 1986
graduate of the School of Dentistry, has served as its interim dean
since last year, and has been with the school in various capacities for
"Dean Reynolds has proven himself to be an integral member of our
University of Maryland, Baltimore community," says Perman. "In his
nearly two decades of service, he has demonstrated exceptional
leadership skills and a strong dedication to this university and to the
School of Dentistry. His nationally recognized expertise in his field
and his commitment to strengthening the school and the university as a
whole make him the perfect choice for this position. We are thrilled to
continue working with him in his new capacity."
Reynolds has served as Chair of the Department of Periodontics since
2005, and as Director of the Advanced Dental Education Program in
Periodontics from 2001 to 2013. He joined the School of Dentistry in
1996 as an assistant professor in the departments of oral and
maxillofacial pathology and periodontics. He was promoted to associate
professor in 2001, and in 2005 he became chair of the Department of
Periodontics. In 2009, he became a professor of periodontics. Reynolds
was named interim dean in July 2013 when former dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent,
left to become dean of Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine.
"My priorities as a department chair and as interim dean have been
fostering a collegial environment, mentoring faculty and aligning
departmental activities and initiatives with our overall institutional
mission," says Reynolds. "I plan to continue to prioritize these areas
moving forward in my new leadership position. I also share President
Perman's commitment to interdisciplinary, campus-wide clinical,
research and administrative initiatives. I have seen firsthand how
collaboration across the schools and throughout the university can
strengthen us all and maximize our impact."
"I've greatly enjoyed the last year as interim dean of this fine
school, my own alma mater," Reynolds adds. "I am grateful to Dr. Perman
and to the search committee, led by School
of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece,
for providing me with this challenging and exciting new opportunity to
lead the School of Dentistry into the future."
In its comprehensive national search for a new dean of the School of
Dentistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, the search
committee focused upon candidates with superb records of scholarship
and proven leadership, mentoring and administrative abilities. The dean
of the dental school must maintain a delicate balance between
commitments to the school's educational, patient care and research
missions, all while raising the national profile of the institution.
"Dr. Mark Reynolds distinguished himself as an exceptional choice among
our excellent pool of candidates in many ways, including his long
record as a National Institutes of Health funded scientist and
published scholar," says Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, who was chairman of the
search committee, and also serves as vice president for medical affairs
at the University of Maryland, and dean of the School of Medicine.
"Working with Dr. Reynolds has been most rewarding, and I look forward
to continuing our relationship in his new capacity as dean of the
School of Dentistry."
The University of Maryland School of Dentistry is the world's first
dental college, established in 1840. The school offers advanced
training programs in six specialties; bachelor's and master's degrees
in dental hygiene; graduate programs in oral and craniofacial
biological sciences and experimental pathology; and combined DDS/PhD
and DDS/MPH programs.
In 2006, the School opened a $153 million, technologically advanced
dental facility. Most recently, the School established a
state-of-the-art teaching clinic in Perryville.
Recognized as a national leader in dental education, out of 65 U.S.
dental schools, in fiscal year 2012 the School of Dentistry was ranked
sixth in funding from the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) and ninth in funding from the NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial
Research. With a prestigious history, ambitious current endeavors,
an eye to advancing technology, the School of Dentistry remains a
pioneer in dental education, research and patient care.
Reynolds earned his PhD in oral and experimental pathology from the
University of Maryland Graduate School in 1999. In 1995, he earned a
certificate in periodontics from the School of Dentistry, where he had
earned his DDS in 1986. Reynolds also earned a master's degree in
community-clinical pathology in 1982, and a bachelor's degree in
psychology in 1978, both from the University of Maryland, Baltimore
He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles and has more than
3,700 citations. He sits on the editorial boards of the journal Clinical Advances in Periodontics,
the International Journal of
Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice
and the Journal of Periodontal
Research, and he serves on the peer review panel of the Journal of Periodontology. He has
sat on and chaired many committees for distinguished organizations such
as the American Academy of Periodontology and
the National Science Foundation. He is also
currently the Director of the American Board of
Dr. Reynolds has participated in more than 20 NIH study sections,
serving as a regular member of the Skeletal Biology Development and
Disease Study Section from 2006 to 2010. In 2013, he was appointed to a
four-year term as a voting member of the FDA's Medical Devices Advisory
Committee, Dental Panel.
Reynolds began his continuous record of NIH funding when he earned a
competitive five-year NIH Individual Dentist Scientist Award to support
his residency and his PhD studies. His research primarily focuses upon
bone and periodontal regeneration. One of Reynolds' clinical trials
received the American Academy of Periodontology R. Earl Robinson
Periodontal Regeneration Award. His research has often been
multi-institutional, including collaborators at the NIH and other
The University of Maryland is home to
the schools of law, medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and social
work and the graduate school. It is the founding campus of the
University System of Maryland.
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