Northwest Dental Schools See Leadership Changes

Two Northwest universities that train dentists and dental hygienists received new leadership this fall. Dr. James Johnson was recently named interim dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry after Dr. Joel Berg stepped down. Johnson has been the chair of the school’s Department of Endodontics since 2003. He received his doctoral degree from the Northwestern University Dental School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado. He has served as a dentist in both the U.S. Air Force and Navy. Former dean Berg plans to continue teaching in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and retain his position as the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health.

Earlier this year, Dr. Christopher T. Owens was appointed associate vice president for health sciences at Idaho State University. He had filled that position in an interim capacity since January. Owens will provide leadership and support for all academic programs within the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences, including the Office of Medical and Oral Health and its Department of Dental Sciences and Department of Dental Hygiene. He will also manage the division’s day-to-day operations on the Pocatello campus and promote faculty development and research. Owens earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a master’s in public health at Idaho State University. He spent eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a hospital corpsman.