Dental school dean quits UM post for one-year fellowship

February 01, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The dean of the University of Maryland Dental School, who championed community outreach and groundbreaking research at the Baltimore campus, is stepping down after a decade to work as a senior policy fellow at the American Dental Education Association in Washington, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore announced yesterday.

President David J. Ramsay described Dean Richard R. Ranney, 62, as "more than an administrator," adding that his leadership maintained the school's consistently high rankings nationwide.

The resignation is effective at the end of the calendar year, or earlier if a successor is named.

Ranney led a reorganization of the school, recruited top faculty, tripled external funding for research and established a loan-forgiveness program for dentists who make a commitment to serve poor children. He helped secure $94 million in state funds for a dental school building to open in 2005.

Ranney, a periodontics researcher, said that after 33 years in dental education he has mixed feelings but feels better knowing the school is in "great shape." He plans to return as a faculty member after his yearlong fellowship.

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