Dear faculty, staff, and students:

As you all know from Provost Alutto’s announcement, I plan to retire from the College of Dentistry and The Ohio State University in June 2011. This year marks my 25th year of service at Ohio State, and they have been wonderful years that have transformed me into a true Buckeye. I will remain in Columbus, and I plan to dedicate more time to the local community, while also visiting more often with our six grandchildren in Colorado and Connecticut.

The five years I’ve spent as dean of dentistry have been both interesting and challenging. I believe we have accomplished many important changes that have made and will continue to make this College stronger. As a result of the myriad improvements we’ve made in the last five years, this College is well positioned to recruit an excellent new leader, which was one of my primary goals when I came here in 2006. To ensure this College's continued success, it’s imperative that we find a strong, highly qualified, and experienced dean who has great vision, energy, and an outstanding background in oral health care.

To find that leader, Provost Alutto and President Gee will conduct a targeted nationwide search for candidates who meet the criteria we’ve established, focusing only on those who have the excellent credentials that will best serve this College and its needs. Other targeted searches at Ohio State have been highly successful endeavors that have led to outstanding new hires, and we expect the same results from this search.

Provost Alutto will meet with dentistry’s executive committee members on December 3rd to discuss the dean search in greater detail. The College’s executive committee, which includes division chairs, assistant and associate deans, two faculty council representatives, and the director of human resources, will serve as an advisory committee to the search.

The coming year will be a time of transition, but we will continue with the many projects  we’re engaged in now, which include implementing the recommendations made by our strategic plan work groups that focus on improving the College in numerous ways. We all care deeply about this College, and in these difficult economic times, we will likely be faced with fiscal challenges that we’re well prepared to meet -- but those challenges will require everyone’s cooperation and understanding.

There are great and positive changes ahead, and I thank you all for your ongoing support, your hard work, and the many contributions you make each day. Your combined efforts have made this an outstanding place to learn, to work, and to grow, and I look forward to the coming months as we join together to welcome a new dean who will lead this College from excellence to a new level of genuine eminence.

My best regards,

Carole Anderson, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Dentistry