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New executive director at AGD

John A. Thorner, J.D., CAE, is the new executive director/CEO of the Academy of General Dentistry, AGD announced Feb. 13.

Mr. Thorner is the former executive vice president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, a founding president of the Anesthesia Quality Institute, and a past executive director of the National Recreation and Park Association, the Optical Society, and the Air and Waste Management Association. He also served as general counsel and director of government affairs for the Water Environment Federation.

"This is a strong organization, and I look forward to helping maximize its potential as a professional and educational society," Mr. Thorner said. "Working with members and staff, we will strive to help our members perfect their practice of general dentistry."

He holds a law degree from the University of Georgia, a master's degree from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from Duke University.