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Dear School of Dentistry Community:

It is my pleasure as Chair of the School of Dentistry Dean Search Committee to provide you with regular updates about the search process. The search began this week with the first meeting of the search committee (see list of members below) and Michael Baer and Amy Segal from the Isaacson, Miller search firm.  The purpose was to receive the Committee charge from Senior VP of Health Sciences Dr. Arthur Kellermann, review the search process, and collect input about the desired characteristics of the new dean.  In addition, the Isaacson, Miller team has met with multiple School individuals, deans, the Advisory Board, student officers, staff, and alumni to gather information and suggestions. 

A general meeting for the Isaacson, Miller team to meet with the School Faculty is scheduled for May 17th at 3:30-4:15 pm [Meeting link ]

Over the next couple of weeks the position description will be written and posted as soon as it receives final approval. At any time, if there are individuals who you would like to recommend as candidates, please send their names to me or submit it through the Isaacson, Miller website at:


Joe DiPiro, Chair, SOD Dean Search Committee

Search Committee Roster

(Chair) Joe DiPiro, Pharm. D., Dean, School of Pharmacy

Jay Bonfili, Senior Associate Vice President for Health Sciences – Finance and Administration 

Tegwyn Brickhouse, DDS, PhD, Chair, Department of Dental Public Health and Policy, School of Dentistry

Tim Davey, Senior Vice Provost Faculty Affairs  

Barbara Exum, PharmD, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Compounding Practice and Research 

Louis Formica, DDS, Assistant Professor, General Practice, School of Dentistry 

Karen Gilliam, Associate Director Financial Aid, School of Dentistry 

Frank Iurono, DDS, MS, President Virginia Dental Association 

Chris Li, MS, MD, Professor, Philips Institute, School of Dentistry    

Michelle McGregor, RDH, Dental Hygiene Program Director 

Yasamin Mojarad, Student, School of Dentistry 

Tonya Parris-Wilkins, DDS, a practicing dentist in SW Virginia and a member of VCU’s Board of Visitors, and SoD alumna  

Kruti Patel, HR Professional, VCU Dental Care 

Mary Pettiette, DDS, Associate dean, Admissions, School of Dentistry 

Todd Pillion, DDS, State Senator, a practicing dentist and member of the Virginia General Assembly   

Carole Pratt, DDS, Alumni representative and Senior Advisor & Confidential Assistant at the Virginia Department of Health 

Carlos Smith, DDS, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Dentistry

Scott Strayer, MD, Chair, Family Medicine & Population Health, School of Medicine 

Tiffany Williams, DDS, MSD, Director of Student Recruitment, School of Dentistry 

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