Williams Elected to ADEA Board of Directors
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry Dean John N. Williams was elected a vice president of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) at the organization’s recent 85th Annual Session and Exhibition in Dallas.
Pictured above are the 11 members of the ADEA Board of Directors. Front row, from left to right: Cheryl Westphal, vice president for allied dental program directors; Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, president; Dr. Lily Garcia, newly elected vice president for sections; and Dr. Diane C. Hoelscher, vice president for faculties. Back row, from left to right: Rishi Popat, newly elected vice president for students; Dr. Ronald L. Rupp, vice president for the corporate council; Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, executive director; Dr. John N. Williams, newly elected vice president for deans; Dr. Ronald J. Hunt, president-elect; Dr. James Q. Swift, immediate past president; and Dr. Todd E. Thierer, newly elected vice president for hospitals and advanced education programs.
Williams joined the 11-member ADEA Board of Directors with his election to a three-year term as vice president for deans. Williams is a long-time member of ADEA and has served in numerous leadership positions within the organization: a member of the Clinical Simulation, Practice Administration and Academic Affairs sections and vice president of the Council of Sections (1996-99). Williams also has been involved with the ADEA Leadership Institute, serving as a mentor to incoming classes.
Before becoming dean of the School of Dentistry in May 2005, Williams was dean of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry (1999-2005).
Also elected to the board of directors were:
- Dr. Todd E. Thierer, associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center and director of its General Practice Residency program. Thierer was elected to a three-year term as ADEA’s vice president for hospitals and advanced education programs.
- Dr. Lily T. Garcia, professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. Garcia was elected to a three-year term as ADEA’s vice president for sections.
- Rishi Popat, fourth-year student at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and previous chair of the ADEA Council of Students. Popat was elected to a one-year term as ADEA’s vice president for students.
ADEA is the leading national organization for dental education. For a full list of the organization’s Board of Directors, visit