The University of Iowa College of Dentistry named former alum, professor, and associate dean Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, as its new dean.

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics announced that Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, would serve as its new dean.

Stanford previously served as distinguished professor and dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois Chicago since 2014, will begin his new role April 1.

Stanford received a bachelor of science degree in zoology, dental degree and a PhD in cell biology from the University of Iowa. He later received a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Illinois Chicago.

He joined the University of Iowa as an assistant professor in the dental school’s department of prosthodontics in 1992. In 2008, he was named associate dean for research. He left Iowa for the University of Illinois Chicago in 2014.

“The ability to return to the University of Iowa and support its mission and vision to provide the best in education, discovery, research, and service to the citizens of Iowa is a great honor,” Stanford said in a statement. “I am grateful to the UIC students, staff and faculty for the camaraderie, friendship and many lessons I have learned in Chicago. It is an honor to return to my alma mater and be a part of its wonderful future.”

Photo 19578744 © Walter Arce |