Johnsen will remain on faculty as professor of pediatric dentistry
Thursday, February 25, 2021

David Johnsen, dean of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, has announced he will step down as dean at the end of the college’s spring semester in June 2021.

“The University of Iowa College of Dentistry has been my second home since 1995 and I have enjoyed every single minute of my time with our students, faculty, and staff,” says Johnsen, who will remain on the faculty as a professor of pediatric dentistry. “I want to help navigate the college through the challenges brought on by COVID-19, and I am now certain that we have weathered the storm so it is time to hand the keys off to another leader.”

David Johnsen
David Johnsen

Johnsen has served as the dean since 1995 after teaching at West Virginia University and Case Western Reserve University. He also was department chair and director of the pediatric residency program at Case Western Reserve University from 1990 to 1995.

“David has served the college and the university with distinction over more than two and a half decades,” says Kevin Kregel, executive vice president and provost. “Under his leadership the college has continually advanced its reputation as a premier dental school, a leader in interdisciplinary research, and a vital resource to the state of Iowa.  He is a passionate champion of the college and ambassador for the university, and I have no doubt that will continue.”

Johnsen previously announced that he would resign his position as dean during the summer of 2022.

“Upon further reflection, I came to realize that the pieces are in place for me to step away a year earlier and that after more than 25 years, I am ready for change of pace,” says Johnsen. “I look forward to seeing the college continue our service to this state that I am proud to call home.”

The UI recently selected a firm to conduct the national search, and plans to name a search committee in April. An interim dean will be named during the spring 2021 semester.