Dental School Names New Dean

The University has selected the chair of the oral health and diagnostic sciences department at Augusta University’s Dental College of Georgia as its new dean of the School of Dentistry.

Dr. Scott De Rossi

Dr. Scott De Rossi

Dr. Scott De Rossi holds joint faculty appointments at Augusta as professor of oral medicine in the department of diagnostic sciences at the college — the state’s only dental school — and professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and dermatology at the Medical College of Georgia. De Rossi also is an adjunct professor of oral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine.

De Rossi’s appointment has been approved by the Board of Trustees and takes effect Jan. 15. He succeeds Dr. Jane Weintraub, who announced last December that she would step down after five years as dean to return to research and teaching. She continues her faculty appointment in the department of dental ecology with an adjunct appointment in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Weintraub has served as dean since 2011, leading the school to two Gies awards, increasing funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and recruiting new faculty to increase the school’s diversity. Dr. Ken May ’69 (’73 DDS) has served as interim dean since July.

De Rossi earned his doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, graduating with highest honors, and a certificate in oral medicine from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Providence College. He also expects to receive a master’s degree in business administration from Augusta University’s Hull College of Business in December.

The School of Dentistry, founded in 1950, was North Carolina’s first dental school. Since its inception, the school has been dedicated to promoting the health of the people of North Carolina, the nation and the world through excellence in teaching, patient care, research and service. The school’s clinics see more than 115,000 patient visits annually, and the school’s students provide more than $4 million of in-kind dental care annually.


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