Dr. John Sanders, Dental Medicine Dean, to Retire June 30

Contact: Heather Woolwine

April 26, 2016

CHARLESTON, SC – Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) provost, announced that John J. Sanders, D.D.S., dean of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, will retire effective June 30. Sanders has been dean for 11 years.

"We thank Dr. Sanders for his years of dedicated service and wish him well as he embarks on his next chapter." Sothmann said.

During his tenure, Sanders oversaw the completion of a new clinical building equipped with the most advanced technology for dental care and training, including facilities for special needs treatment and instruction. The college now has a vibrant, nationally recognized research department, plus a new division of population health. Additionally the college has grown from 180 to nearly 300 predoctoral students, and has added a DMD/Ph.D. program as well as other postgraduate training and residency programs.

Working in coordination with constituencies in the MUSC College of Dental Medicine, the provost is moving forward with plans to appoint an interim dean and to form a search committee that will identify highly skilled candidates ready to succeed Sanders.

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