Alumni News

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Alumni news - Major Mitisha N. Martin, D.M.D., 2008

Maj. Martin hopes her story motivates other young women across Kentucky and beyond. “I just want girls and young women to know that women are awesome,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to go out there and do these things that some may think are generally geared toward men. We are women. We can do this. We can do anything.” Read More.

John Williams

Alumni news - President John N. Williams Jr., DMD '80, MBA '87

Alumnus, and former ULSD dean, Dr. Williams named Transylvania University's 27th president. Read More.


Congratulations, Class of 2020!

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Click Here to read the Alumni Newsletter (summer 2020).

2019 Alumni Fellow: Karen L. Pierce West ’77, D.M.D.’82, M.P.H.

A group of distinguished graduates who are exemplary ambassadors for the University were honored as part of 2019 Homecoming celebrations. Karen L. Pierce West ’77, D.M.D.’82, M.P.H. is ULSD’s 2019 Alumni Fellow.

Dr. West is President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Prior to joining ADEA, she served as dean and professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. A longtime advocate for women’s health and diversity and inclusion in dental education, Dr. West began her career as a project director in the Augusta Dental Project/Children and Youth Dental Clinic. She was then recruited as a clinical team leader at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1990. Within the UK system she held several administrative positions. She gained academic tenure as an associate professor while serving as associate dean of Academic Affairs from 2002-2007.

Dr. West’s significant experience extends beyond the dental school environment, having served in many important roles nationally and internationally. She served on the Commission on Dental Accreditation from 2013-2016 and was Chair in 2016. Dr. West was elected president of the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine in 2004 after completing the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship in 1999. Considered a leader in the field of women’s issues in dentistry, Dr. West has been involved in research projects in the area of women’s health as well as the key issue of equity for women in dental education. Read More.


Dr. Baughman ’81 and Dean Bradley selected as Fellows of the American College of Dentists
An honor extended to fewer than 5 percent of dentists in the United States was presented to Dr. P. Gay Baughman ’81 and Dean T. Gerard Bradley as they were inducted as Fellows of the American College of Dentists at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Read More. 

Alumni News - Dr. Krysta Forry Manning, Class of 2010. 

Dr. Manning is not your average veteran, average dentist or average mom. She has served as a captain in the Air Force, recently opened a specialized dental clinic in Anchorage and is raising triplets with her husband Ryan. The Russellville, Kentucky native has gone above and beyond for her country, her patients and her children, and to say she is one-of-a-kind doesn’t begin to cover it. Read More.

Dental School Simulation Clinic Named in Honor of Alumnus

Dr. Gary ’78 and Allyson Ball pledged $1 million to create an endowed fund for the expansion of the school’s clinical opportunities and new technologies for student education. In recognition of their gift, the School of Dentistry named the simulation clinic in their honor. Read More.  View photos from the dedication.

Clinical operation expands to southeastern Kentucky

Dental and dental hygiene students are expanding their education by rotating to a clinic in Beverly, Ky. The initiative is a collaboration on the School of Dentistry and Red Bird Clinic, Inc. Read more and find out which alumni are helping in the effort.

Dental Hygiene Legacy Committee Presents Gift to the School

In support of student education, the Dental Hygiene Legacy committee presented a gift to the school. Read more.

Wang Earns NIH Grant 

Dr. Huizhi Wang in the Department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases recently earned a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study a specific molecule involved in the body’s anti-inflammatory responses. Learn more.