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Loma Linda appoints fifth dean to head school of dentistry


Dr. Ronald Dailey
Loma Linda, Calif.—Loma Linda University School of Dentistry has appointed Executive Associate Dean Ronald Dailey, Ph.D., to serve as its fifth dean. Dr. Dailey will replace Dr. Charles Goodacre, who has served in the position since 1994.

Dr. Dailey will become one among a small number of dental school deans who are not trained as dentists when he takes on the role July 1.

He started at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1975 as an instructor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry as he completed a Master of Arts degree in educational psychology at Walla Walla College. He was promoted in 1978 to assistant professor and became director of admissions and student affairs (retitled assistant dean in 1986).

In 1993, the same year that he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation focusing on re-analysis of the relationship of psychomotor and perceptual skills to performance in dental students, Dr. Dailey was appointed associate dean for academic affairs.

He obtained his Ph.D. in higher and professional education from the University of Southern California in 1994. Loma Linda promoted him to associate professor in the Department of Dental Educational Services and named him chair in 1995.

After 15 years as associate dean for academic affairs, Dr. Dailey became executive associate dean in 2009. His honors and accomplishments include writing "Biostatistics for Oral Healthcare," a textbook published in 2008, with Jay S. Kim, Ph.D., and honorary membership in Omnicron Kappa Upsilon, which promotes and recognizes scholarship and character among dental students.