Dr. Ben Davis
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Dentistry. I want you to know that you are all – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – part of a collegial and caring community here at the Faculty of Dentistry.
I was honoured to be appointed dean of the Faculty, beginning on January 1, 2018 for a five-year term. This is a great privilege for me and I am pleased to be able to lead the Faculty over the next few years.
For those of you who don’t me, I am an oral maxillofacial surgeon and have been on the faculty here at Dal for 20 years, most recently as the chair of the Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences Department. I received my dentistry and surgery training at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto respectively. Although I didn’t study dentistry here at Dal, my experiences elsewhere have made me keenly aware of what an extraordinary education our students receive here.
A special year lies ahead. Not only will our clinic renewal project draw to a close in early 2018, but next year also marks the 200th anniversary of Dalhousie University. It is fitting that these two milestones should coincide and provide us with many opportunities to celebrate both the Faculty’s and university’s achievements.
My plan for the year ahead is to continue with the projects Dr. Tom Boran, our past dean, was working on, including the re-opening of the renovated clinic early in 2018 and maintaining and extending our wide-ranging outreach program, which is a particular passion of mine.
I look forward to working with you to uphold and extend our mission to provide quality education, carry out research, and to serve our communities.
Dr. Ben Davis