Jack Clinton Named Dean of the OHSU School of Dentistry

01/28/04    Portland, Ore.


Jack  W. Clinton, D.M.D., has been named dean of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. He has served as the interim dean since September 2003.

"Dean Clinton is a leader for our time. He has been a part of OHSU and has brought innovations and a level of excellence to OHSU's dental program. OHSU and the community will benefit from his leadership and forward thinking," said OHSU President Peter O. Kohler, M.D.

"Dental education and dentistry is something I believe in passionately. I am fortunate to have many wonderful people working with me on the dental school's mission. We are a vital school and we have many energizing plans for continuing our history of excellence," Clinton said shortly after accepting the deanship.

Clinton's leadership and service are known widely in the school, the dental community and beyond. He is a 1964 graduate of the school and has worked as a clinical instructor since graduation. Prior to being interim dean he held the position of associate dean for clinical affairs. He served as president of the School of Dentistry Alumni Association from 1979 to 1980, and is currently serving as Vice Regent of the International College of Dentists representing Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

"Dean Clinton has already, in his few short months as interim dean, exhibited a remarkable talent for pulling together and galvanizing both internal and external constituents as he leads the OHSU School of Dentistry into the future. A critical step will be planning for the construction of a new facility in the second phase of development in the South Waterfront Central District. We have a remarkable group of deans at OHSU, and finalizing this position rounds out a group of academic leaders that will have to tackle some of the most difficult, but also the most exciting, challenges that OHSU has faced. I am delighted that Dean Clinton is willing to take on this critical role and look forward to working with him," said Lesley Hallick, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Clinton is a member of numerous dental associations, including the American Association of Dental Examiners, the American Association of Dental Schools and the American Dental Association. He has also contributed to the improvement of dental equipment through his work as a consultant to several dental supply manufacturers. Clinton has served on numerous professional committees for OHSU. He has also served on committees for the Western Conference of Dental Examiners and Dental School Deans, the American Association of Dental Schools, the Oregon Board of Dentistry and the Oregon Dental Association, among others.