Written by Dentistry Today Thursday, 06 January 2011 11:48
PORTLAND, Maine -- University of New England (UNE) President Danielle N. Ripich, Ph.D. announced today the appointment of the new Dean of the College of Dental Medicine James J. Koelbl, D.D.S., M.S., M.J. of Claremont, CA. Dr. Koelbl is the founding dean of the College of Dental Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA and will join UNE in April.
The college must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) prior to opening and a dean must be in place for the accreditation process. UNE's publicly stated intent is to open the college in the fall of 2012 and an aggressive fundraising campaign is underway. To date, $6.8 million has been raised with a lead gift of $2.3 million from Northeast Delta Dental and generous donations from Unum Life Insurance Company of America, New Hampshire's Endowment for Health, Dr. Robert Card and other major contributors. In November 2008, the UNE board of trustees approved the academic program for the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.