Just call her ‘dean’
For years you’ve known her as a positive, energetic force in dental education. You’ve probably seen her face as the host of Dental Health Check, which was a longtime dental health TV program, now aired via webcast. Most recently, you may have heard her name associated with DENTSPLY International, which she served as vice president and chief clinical officer while remaining a clinical professor in restorative sciences and the Office of Advancement, Communications & Alumni Relations.
Starting Oct. 1, Dr. Linda Niessen will go by a new title: dean. Her appointment as the head of the dental school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., continues the reach of her efforts in dental education, research and public health.
Niessen joined the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry faculty in 1991 as associate professor and director of geriatric oral medicine. Later as professor and chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, she initiated advanced education programs in dental public health and geriatric dentistry. She also served as the college’s associate dean for external affairs, leading efforts to secure our position in Dallas’ philanthropic community as a worthwhile investment.
Niessen is not the only Nova leader with ties to TAMBCD. Dr. Dominick DePaola, former TAMBCD president and dean from 1990 to 1997, served as academic dean of Nova until he passed away on April 16.