Richard C. Black, DDS, MS, an orthodontist practicing in El Paso, Tex, has been installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Black’s installation took place at the ADA’s 156th Annual Meeting, recently held in Washington, DC.

Black will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the trustee from the Fifteenth District, which encompasses Texas. The ADA Board of Trustees formulates and reviews policies and programs and makes recommendations to the members of the ADA’s governing body, the House of Delegates.

Currently, Black chairs the ADA Council on Government Affairs. Previously, he served as president of both the Texas Dental Association and El Paso District Dental Society. He served as a member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs and was a recipient of a Presidential Citation from the ADA President in 2010.

Black is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the Southwest Society of Orthodontics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.

Black earned his dental degrees and his orthodontic residency certificate at the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston.