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Dean's Desk: Dental school views and news from our dean

Approaching the changes in academic dentistry and health care as opportunities for creative strategizing in 2012

Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky
Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky, dean, Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry

Photo by Steven Doll

For months, I looked forward to assuming the position of dean at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. Shortly after starting my tenure at the college, I can say I am truly honored to be a part of this special community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, parents and friends. Your hard work and commitment to excellence have defined TAMHSC-BCD as a premier institution of dental education.

As I walked into the dental school the morning of Sept. 1, I thought about the 15 deans who came before me and the extraordinary legacy they have left for all of us to steward. It was at once humbling and energizing.

I believe our college is singularly equipped to find creative and thoughtful ways of addressing the challenges facing dental education and the country’s changing health care system. I welcome the opportunity to work with you as we take on those challenges.

So where do we begin? Let’s look at these challenges as opportunities for positive growth and change. I believe that thoughtful listening followed by strategic planning and assessment is the indispensable foundation of good leadership, and that is where I will put my focus in the coming months.

I do want to hear from as many of you as possible — your ideas, concerns and dreams for TAMHSC-BCD. For those alumni, parents and friends I have not met, I look forward to the opportunity to get to know each of you as the 2011-2012 academic year progresses.

On that note, the start of each academic year is a time of high energy and high expectation. Never have I looked forward to a new year more than this one that we’ve begun together.



A new addition to the Baylor Dental Record Online ... and BCD website

This message from the dental school’s dean, Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky, is one of several you will get to read in the Baylor Dental Record Online throughout the year. As new college-wide initiatives develop, these columns will give you the opportunity to read about our dean’s perspective on some of Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry’s most pertinent news.

You can see this introductory column, and learn more about the dean’s background and vision for the dental school in the About the Dean page of the TAMHSC-BCD website.