Kronmiller named dean of Dentistry
Executive Vice President and Provost Edward J. Ray has recommended to President Brit Kirwan the appointment of Jan E. Kronmiller as dean of Ohio State's College of Dentistry. Kirwan will ask the University's Board of Trustees at its Aug. 29 meeting to approve a five-year appointment of Kronmiller, effective Sept. 19 through June 30, 2006.
Kronmiller currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Orthodontics in the School of Dentistry at Oregon Health Sciences University. In addition to teaching in the dental school, Kronmiller also teaches in the graduate program in the School of Medicine. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Institutes of Health's National Research Service Award and Individual Physician Scientist Award. He also has been named a fellow by the American College of Dentists and by the International College of Dentists.
"There were a number of qualified candidates identified through the search process, but Dr. Kron- miller's impressive credentials quickly separated him from other interested applicants,"Ray said. "Dr. Kronmiller's notable record of scholarship and research convinced those involved with the search that he is well-prepared to lead the college in alignment with the University's mission and academic plan."
Kronmiller already has strong connections to the University, having earned both a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a D.D.S. in dentistry from Ohio State. His Ph.D. is in biomedical sciences from the University of Connecticut, and he is certified in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Prior to joining the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1993, Kronmiller served as head of the section of orthodontics at the University of Kentucky's College of Dentistry and was a National Institutes of Health Research Fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He also was assistant professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh, and he spent several years in private practice. His research interests focus on molecular and genetic mechanics in craniofacial development.
The University spent almost a year conducting a national search to seek applications from individuals who could provide the leadership necessary to build upon the many accomplishments of faculty, staff and students in the College of Dentistry, and continue to advance the college's goal of excellence in teaching, research and service. Kronmiller will replace Henry W. Fields, who is stepping down as dean after 10 years of service at Ohio State and returning to the faculty.
"I am very pleased to return to The Ohio State University as dean of the College of Dentistry,"Kronmiller said. "I am excited about the opportunity to work with the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to continue to advance the mission and quality of the college and University, and I look forward to interacting with the Ohio community to promote the oral health of Ohioans."
Bell tapped as interim Arts dean
Executive Vice President and Provost Edward J. Ray has recommended to President Brit Kirwan the appointment of Karen A. Bell as interim dean of Ohio State's College of the Arts. Kirwan will ask the University's Board of Trustees to approve the appointment at its next meeting on Aug. 29. Bell currently serves as chair of Ohio State's Department of Dance.
Bell's appointment is to remain in effect until June 30, 2002. She replaces Judith S. Koroscik, who stepped down July 31 to become dean of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Ray has established a committee to begin conducting a national search for a permanent dean.
"I was strongly persuaded to make this interim appointment by the many faculty, staff and students of the college who recommended Karen based on her outstanding record of accomplishment as a highly respected administrator and artist,"Ray said. "As I spoke with those in the college, Karen's name repeatedly came up as the one best qualified and prepared to lead the college's continued path toward even greater excellence. Her organizational skills, coupled with her understanding of the University, make her an ideal candidate to lead the college on an interim basis."
Bell joined the Ohio State faculty in 1980 and has chaired the Department of Dance since 1995, including one year as acting chair. She also served as associate dean of the College of the Arts, responsible for the college's undergraduate academic programs. She has served as visiting assistant professor at Cornell University and, prior to coming to Ohio State, taught at Cornell, Wells College, Elmira College and the State University of New York at Potsdam. She holds a master of fine arts in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., and a bachelor's in sociology from S.U.N.Y., Potsdam.
Bell's research interests and creative activity are in the areas of performance and choreography. She is currently working on a dance theater piece that examines the themes of self-image, motherhood, divorce and work, through a common focus of aging. Nationally, she serves on the National Association for Schools of Dance as an evaluator of other programs around the country, and is one of four who serves on the association's Commission on Accreditation.
"It's an honor to be chosen, and a pleasure to have the opportunity to serve as interim dean for the College of the Arts,"Bell said. "I look forward to working together with our creative and distinguished faculty in this exciting and challenging year."