Dailey Is New Dean
at LLU Dental School

Succeeds Dr. Charles Goodacre on July 1 (Posted April 11, 2013)

BY MARK A. KELLNER, news editor

A 38-year-old career decision has led Ronald Dailey, an educational professional, to become the fifth dean of Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry. Instead of joining the U.S. Peace Corps, which he was seriously considering in 1975, Dailey, who was finishing a master’s degree in educational psychology at what is now Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington, came to LLU and found his life’s work.

Dailey, currently the executive associate dean at the LLU School of Dentistry, was named on March 4, 2013, to serve as the school’s fifth dean, effective July 1, 2013. He succeeds Dr. Charles J. Goodacre, who has served in that position since 1994.

Richard Hart, president and CEO of LLU Health, announced the appointment.

NEW DEAN: Ronald Dailey, PhD, executive associate dean, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, has been appointed to serve as the School’s fifth dean, effective July 1, 2013. He succeeds Dr. Charles J. Goodacre, who has served in that position since 1994. [PHOTO: LLU] [
“Dr. Dailey’s long track record makes him an obvious choice for dean, and our board confirmed that recommendation. I am delighted to welcome Ron into that position,” Hart said.

Dailey’s responsibilities have grown continually since he joined the school in June 1975 as an instructor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. In July 1978 he was promoted to assistant professor and became director of admissions and student affairs; and in 1986 his title changed to assistant dean for admissions and student affairs.

Dailey was appointed associate dean for academic affairs in 1993 shortly before he was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher and professional education from the University of Southern California in 1994 and was promoted to associate professor of the Department of Dental Educational Services. In 1995 he was named the department’s chair.

Since June 2009 Dailey has served as the school’s executive associate dean.

One of the more meaningful accomplishments of Dr. Dailey’s teaching and administrating career was writing, with LLU professor of biostatistics Jay S. Kim, Ph.D., the groundbreaking textbook Biostatistics for Oral Healthcare, published by Blackwell Munksgaard in 2008.  One critic, M. E. Munn, called it the “first solid biostatistical text completely devoted to oral health research. It is not only an excellent introductory biostatistical text, but also well written, with lots of problems and examples from real-life dental research.”

Among the honors Dr. Dailey has received is his honorary membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon—a society that was established in 1914 at Northwestern University Dental School in Lincoln, Nebraska, to promote and recognize scholarship and character among students of dentistry. He has also been selected for Teaching Excellence awards in 1986 and 1987; and the School of Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

Dailey retains a seat on the Loma Linda City Council that he won in 2009. He is married to Dr. Karen Winston, an LLU Medical Center pediatrician, and has three adult children: Casey, Colin, and Katie.   

LLU’s School of Dentistry, which opened in 1953 and has about 600 students, is one of eight schools within LLU Health—a Seventh-day Adventist, faith-based health system whose mission is “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

                                                                       —with reporting from Herbert Atienza, Loma Linda University

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