GKT appoints new dean

Dr Dianne Rekow, Senior Vice Provost of Engineering and Technology at New York University (NYU) and Provost of Polytechnic Institute of NYU, has been appointed as the next Dean of the GKT Dental Institute, King’s College has announced. She will succeed Professor Nairn Wilson, who is due to retire at the end of this year, and will take up the position from 1 January 2012.

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Dr Rekow, an orthodontist, is president of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and is an internationally known authority on the performance of new materials and products for use in aesthetic and restorative dentistry. Dr Rekow’s team has also carried out research into the use of bio-engineered tissue to facilitate the growth of replacement bone in people who have been disfigured by disease.

Principal of King’s, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, said: ‘Dr Rekow is an internationally renowned, highly regarded expert in her field with substantial experience of successful academic leadership in dentistry and beyond. With her unparalleled knowledge and expertise, Dr Rekow will help drive the Dental Institute forward to realise its full potential across the spectrum of innovative clinical practice, learning and teaching and ground-breaking oral and dental research.

‘I would like to pay tribute to Professor Nairn Wilson’s role in achieving this during his many years of dedicated service to King’s, and under whose leadership and vision the Dental Institute has gone from strength to strength.’

Commenting on her appointment, Dr Rekow said: ‘King’s well-earned outstanding reputation is an incredibly valuable asset for a new dean, creating an exceptionally strong base from which to mitigate emerging challenges and realise future opportunities. I look forward to working with the staff and students in the Dental Institute, the College, the associated Trusts, and the dental profession as the Institute continues its evolution to increasingly greater distinction.’

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