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Ronald Strauss, a member of the dental school faculty for 34 years, will be the new executive associate provost.
Strauss, whose research has delved into how health problems affect society – including dental health and HIV/AIDS – has worked in the dental ecology department, the medical school’s social medicine department and the epidemiology department in the School of Public Health.
He will move to South Building as of Sept. 1 as a top aide to Provost Bernadette Gray-Little, where he also will work with deans to advance UNC academics.
Strauss succeeds Steve Allred ’74, who became provost at the University of Richmond on July 1. Officials said the search for Allred’s successor was kept within the University to ensure a high level of institutional knowledge.
Strauss earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Queens College, his doctorate in dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and a subsequent master’s and doctorate in sociology, also from Pennsylvania.
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